Traveling always give a person the feeling of excitement and
fulfillment. Visiting new places, eating at a great restaurant
or watching your favorite football game at the stadium is a
great way to spend a free time. But for disabled individuals,
especially for those in a wheelchair, these activities can be
overwhelming and difficult. But there are things disabled people
can do before traveling to make the experience more relaxing,
comfortable and enjoyable.
Say for instance you are thinking of having a meal at restaurant
that you saw in the advertisement offering great foods. You can
call ahead to make a reservation and to make sure that they have
facilities that accommodates disabled individuals. You would not
want to arrive at the restaurant and find out that they don't
have ramps and as a result they have to carry you to get inside
the restaurant. Nor is it amazing to find out that their
bathrooms can accommodate average sized people only but not you
and your wheelchair. It is, thus, good to call ahead to make
sure that you have a great dining experience.
Here are several questions you can ask when calling for a
reservation in a hotel or restaurant. First, ask if they have
elevators or stairs. Do they have ramps or elevators in all
floors of the building? You can also ask how wide their doors
are and what kind of knobs, latches or handles they have. How
big their bathroom is? And some other questions that you think
you need to know. If the restaurant or hotel has problems with
accommodating disabled individuals, you can try talking to the
management for the necessary adjustments.
Most business places today are required by the Americans with
Disabilities Act to have facilities appropriate to disabled
individuals or make adjustments in order to accommodate them.
But of course, every disabled person's need is unique. Hence,
your needs will really depend on your environment. If you are in
a rural hotel you cannot expect them to offer you the same
services given by those in urban places. But still, they have to
provide adjustments in order to accommodate you.
So before you get on on with your travel it is important to make
the necessary preparations to make sure that you have a great
experience. You need not regret anymore that you have chosen the
hotel or restaurant because they did not provide you the
necessary accommodation. When you come prepared you can be sure
to make the most of your traveling experience.