Insightful Advice for Parents on Travel with Disabled Kids – words Alexa Wang
Going on holiday with your children should always be a fun and exciting trip which you will all look back fondly on for years to come. If you are due to travel with disabled kids with disabled children, it is likely that there is some anxiety to go along with the excitement.
This is perfectly understandable as there is so much to consider, but with a few tips it can greatly reduce this stress and ensure that it is a fantastic trip for everyone involved.
Contact your Child’s Doctor
Firstly, it is worth talking to your child’s doctor to get their advice. They are likely to be able to offer personalised advice, plus they can also write down any important information (such as medication details) so that this can be given to a doctor if you encounter any issues whilst abroad. They may also be able to provide you with a list of valuable contacts and a pack of handy information.
Next, you should inform the relevant people at the places you intend to visit so that they will be expecting you. This will include any travel companies, hotels, tourist destinations and restaurants. This can make the entire journey smooth and efficient and see you get a helping hand throughout. It is worth extensively planning your trip in advance so that you know what to expect each day. However, be sure to not cram too much in as this can make the holiday stressful and you will need time to relax.
It is likely that the actual travel will be the aspect that is causing the most concern. Although steps have been taken, the world is still a difficult place to travel for disabled people and particularly those in wheelchairs. Public transportation can be an ordeal, but this is magnified in a foreign country where there may be a language barrier. Many families with disabled children are now investing or leasing wheelchair accessible vehicles, which offer complete freedom and can make travel both simple and straightforward. These are available from specialists such as Allied Mobility.
Make the Most of it
Finally, it is important to be brave and go into the vacation determined to have a good time. As with any holiday, it is likely that there will be a few stressful periods but it is important to remember that this should be a great family experience. You should not be afraid to ask for help from those around you, but with these tips it will help to ensure it is a fun, valuable and memorable trip for all.