When you go on a trip, what do you think about? Maybe you are thinking about which hotel you will stay at to or what the attractions you want to see. Disabled people and/or people with limitation they are forced to consider inaccessibility during travel, such as transportation difficulties, flight inaccessibility, etc. The extra amounts of time and effort disabled people have to put into traveling can be overwhelming and often unnecessary if people in power have heard the cries of the disability community. .
Before 1973, there were no disabled outlets. There were no resources, fairness or equality for people with disabilities. In today’s age, people with disabilities need to make plans their journeys well ahead of time. Planning a trip usually involves knowing where to stay, what sights to see, and how to get to and from places. When people with disabilities need to book accommodation, they need to make sure it suits their needs, whether it’s stairs, wider doors, etc.
Carolyn Barrett, a disabled adult from Boston, said, “When I travel by plane, I look for accessible transportation to and from the airport and to get around my destination. I also look for affordable hotels with full showers.”
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Many websites or apps do not display the layout of the room or house you would book. It gets even more complicated with Airbnb because they don’t have to follow the accessibility rules that hotels have and you can’t book an accessible room while knowing what to expect.
Barrett goes on to say that, “It’s usually easy to determine from a website whether a hotel has a walk-in shower. It’s less easy to know if there will be room around the toilet and if the bed is high enough for someone to transfer me easily. I don’t make a reservation Airbnb unless absolutely necessary because affordability is too hard to confirm and their fees are a scam.”
Although there may be pictures of Airbnb, if it does not display the functions that the community of people with disabilities need to know then It is not as simple as calling A hotel company for clarification about the room or property. In the addition, When people with disabled you in the new seats while travel, sightseeing requires more research and preparation when exploring. Many tourist attractions do not present the accessible aspects of their attraction. If they do, they are often inaccurate or extreme vaguely Due to to this surveillance, the disabled community It is forced to take things in the their own hands. Maayan Ziv, a disability activist and entrepreneur, created an app called “AccessNow” to give people with disabilities a resource to use while traveling. In this app, you can search for a place anywhere in the world and see what others have had to say about its accessibility. While this is a start, the disability community continues to face countless roadblocks when planning travel.
Flying as a disabled person can be argued to be one of the most difficult aspects of inaccessible travel. Wheelchair users are not allowed to keep their chairs with them on planes, but rather are required to transfer and have their seats stored underneath. Airplane seats are neither roomy nor adjustable, making it difficult or nearly impossible for a large part of the disabled community to fly. BELL Andrade, A disabled outside of state ASU student, described the trial she goes through When flight. one of the the first obstacles she deals with It is going through Security where they must “sit and wait in front of the metal detector until a female TSA the agent hits me, which is extremely difficult.” She goes on to explain that once she gets to the gate, she has to give
detailed instructions for the person handling their chair and telling them “these are my legs…if you break their you ruin Mine whole vacation.” According to the Lost Angeles times, “Airlines damage or lose a average of 26 wheelchairs A day.” A Wheelchair It is often described as a extension of the person in the seat, so flying involves a high risk as there is a high chance of the seat being ruined. This would cause the affected person to end up in a new place with no way to get around. Alyssa Francis, A caretaker to a adult with A physical handicap, SAPS “flight while take care of someone disabled can be extremely difficult and if They made accessible aircraft This one it would be much easier.” Because of the extra work and extra fears, flying takes a very heavy toll on people with disabilities.
Although there has been a breakthrough in accessible public transport, such as city buses with ramps, designated seats on the light rail, etc., disabled people with personal vehicles or people who cannot use public transport have to jump through extra hoops. Driving, which many people do on a daily basis, is not as simple for people with disabilities. While public transportation has built-in accessible features, getting an adapted personal vehicle isn’t always possible. Conformable Aero Mobility, an adaptive vehicle company, “Conversion prices currently range from $10,000 to $35,000 and up.” This means that on top of buying a car at full price, conversions/adaptations are an additional expense. Another option is to purchase a car already equipped. However, this can often be more expensive as one size fits all not fit all. Indifferent, the total Price of A Wheelchair accessible vehicle It is in general around
$100,000. Depending on the adaptations requested by the wheelchair user, prices can increase significantly superior. While There you That’s great tread being made to accessible travel, such as the “AccessNow” app and wheelchair accessible aircraft are crash tested, the disability community continues to deal with uncertainties and safety issues while traveling.