Today’s tip concerns accessible travel, specifically for wheelchair users, and it comes from , makers of “the only purpose-built wheelchair accessible vehicle” (the ). Here are their tips:
- Be sure to allow at least 90 minutes between flights to allow time to deplane—wheelchair users are always the first to board and the last to deplane.
- Protect mobility devices from damage while in flight with a cover (e.g., sleeves for wheelchair frames).
- If you use a removable wheelchair cushion, bring it with you on board the airplane to be sure it is not lost or damaged.
- If you need special assistance, inform the airline gate agent upon check in.
- on coach, business class and first class train cars. There are two different onboard seating options for passengers traveling with wheeled mobility devices, depending on the type of device.
- There are only for passengers with disabilities. These rooms are available on a first come, first serve basis and should be booked 14 days in advance.
- If you require a companion or an attendant while traveling, check for .
- Passengers who use oxygen equipment can bring the equipment onboard trains with certain restrictions.
- Look for a “guaranteed ADA” room when booking.
- Check the room for any barriers at check-in. A room can be ADA compliant but that does not mean that there will not be any mobility barriers.
- If you have difficulty pushing a manual chair, request a room near the elevators or on the first floor.
- Search for taxi or rental companies with MV-1 vehicles on the .
Related: 5 Travel Tips for Autism Families
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