From Able Magazine.
Travelling and exploring different places around the world is a source of joy and excitement for many people. Travel presents opportunities to broaden your horizons, meet new and interesting people, and create memories that will last a lifetime.
However, for people with disabilities, travel can be more of a challenge. Contrary to the common misconception, this has nothing to do with disabled people not wanting or not being able to travel. The biggest barrier to travel for people with disabilities is a lack of understanding of their needs, and a shortfall in accessible accommodation and transport. Blogger Cory Lee explained to us,
“There’s the belief that wheelchair users just stay at home and don’t have the money to travel, but that’s far from the truth. We lead extraordinary lives and want to travel, just like anyone else. We just need destinations to be a bit more accommodating to make that a reality. When destinations do focus on accessibility, we’ll be thrilled to visit and spend our money there.”
Indeed, 72% of airline passengers with disabilities have experienced physical obstacles or miscommunication with airlines, whilst 8 in 10 disabled people in the UK said that they had faced barriers staying in UK hotels and resorts. As many as 7 in 10 have struggled to find accessible rooms in the UK. In many cases, it seems more likely than not that people with disabilities will have difficulties finding truly accessible travel opportunities.
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