Around the world there are sailing clubs that give people with a disability access to the joy of sailing. Our son BJ used to participate in sailing at a Sydney based club and the volunteers were very friendly and keen to share their love of sailing.
“Surely we can’t be the first people to do this?” I kept asking our travel agent, the airline and our therapists. We certainly are not the first family with a disabled child to travel to America but at times it felt that way.
That was when the idea for this website came to me. Why not share all my research and great discoveries with others who are either, planning a trip, or are feeling nervous about giving it a go.
We are a Sydney based family of four trying to find our way around tricky situations so we can do as much as possible, despite a wheelchair being part of our package. Our son is now 18, has Cerebral Palsy and is non verbal.
When we travel we use his manual wheelchair that does not fold (I’m specific about this because it becomes an issue when doing tours etc which I will mention later).
As a child I travelled extensively. In ‘those’ days my Dad and Mum were thought to be quite radical, foolish and one person even labeled my Dad ‘irresponsible’ for leaving his job and taking me out of school for 6 months to travel to Europe, Egypt and Scandinavia. These days overseas travel for kids is a lot more ‘the norm’, maybe not for as long but certainly from my experience kids travel more.
It can’t be underestimated how uncomfortable a flight can be for a person with a disability if they can’t get comfortable. The following will help;
Take a portable dvd player with back up battery. Planes do have great entertainment systems in them but they can break down. A back up never hurts and can be useful for long waits at airports and for long car trips. Delays when travelling happen regularly!
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