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Wheels On A Wheelchair Through Tourism For The Disabled

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Neha Ghosh

30 Jun,2016

Everyone loves to travel to different places and experience a whole new adventure by walking, cycling, skiing, etc. But, what about those disabled people who yearn to travel but they can’t because of the circumstances.

Stephen Hawking has aptly said “My advice to other disabled people would be, concentrate on things your disability doesn't prevent you doing well, and don't regret the things it interferes with. Don't be disabled in spirit as well as physically”.

The tourism industry is booming gradually with new ideas for the tourists. The travel industry is waking up to disabled travelers' special needs by providing more services and greater accommodation. Travel by people with disabilities, also known as "disabled travel" is on the rise. The Americans with Disabilities Act guarantees that travelers with disabilities receive equal treatment under the law.

Many countries have opened up in making comfortable stays for the disabled people. So, the disabled people can travel the world in a wheelchair and can visit their favourite places.

California

The Sonoma Valley of California is spectacular in every way with mountains, ancient oak trees, and sunlit valley vineyards. The Sonoma Valley is one of the world’s most romantic and accessible destinations for disabled people. The temperature is warm making it a suitable climate for the disabled.



Israel

In Israel, wheelchair users come up against structural barriers when visiting the world’s most well-known historical sites. In Israel, enormous importance is given to providing comfortable conditions for travelers with disabilities.  The summit of the Massada fortress near the Dead Sea is now accessible, and wheelchairs can now reach the upper level of the site.

Rehoboth Beach, Delaware

Rehoboth Beach, Delaware may not sound like an exotic getaway, but it is the perfect beach vacation for individuals who use wheelchairs. There are surrounding stores and streets without using a vehicle. The place has friendly people and they are very helpful to individuals with disabilities.

Dublin, Ireland

The city welcomes everyone with open arms. A disabled person will be more than happy once they visit this place. Access is made so much easier when everyone you meet is happy to help the disabled. The main tourist attractions, shopping areas, and entertainment venues are fully accessible in a wheelchair.



England

Stratford-upon-Avon , a town in England provides accessibility to the needs of wheelchair users and people with mobility problems. The place is friendly for the disabled people on wheelchairs, you can visit the main Shakespeare attractions, attended the theatre and you can go to restaurants. It’s by far the most wheelchair accessible town.

Australia

The country is approachable towards the disabled, they can travel in public buses and there are wheelchair accessible cabs. Sydney, is by far the most wheelchair friendly place, the ferries has a loading ramp and many of the taxis are accessible also. Mostly, all the sightseeing attractions, restaurants, and shops are easy to get into as well.

Some Valuable Tips :

  1. Make necessary arrangements beforehand, service providers are required by law in many cases to accommodate travelers with special needs.
  1. Be clear and specific about your disability.
  1. Consult a doctor before travelling to take medical precautions.
  1. Avoid connecting flights.




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