We made 3 trips to the post office before we had everything right to submit BJ’s passport application. We’re sharing our tips and what we learnt about applying for a passport for someone with a disability.
Sponsored Fighting to keep mobility is something I believe in wholeheartedly; however, I think there needs to be balance in this process. Sometimes resisting using equipment is counterproductive. Although we’ve continued to keep working on BJ’s mobility, we know it takes enormous effort for him to walk, even with assistance. It’s therefore not a practical way for him to get around all the time. I
In the early days of BJ’s diagnosis I didn’t want to have any of the items on the list below. I didn’t think we needed any extra allowances, but over time I’ve found that these can make life easier. Particularly when we are out and about for a day or when we are travelling it’s crazy not to do everything possible to make things as
Knowing that we’ve just been through the NDIS process (National Disability Insurance Scheme) a few of you have sent me messages asking if I have any tips for your upcoming meetings. We received BJ’s plan just before we went away and it was only the week before Christmas that it became clear what his plan will and won’t cover. Before I knew the details, I
Sponsored post. Not many people find talk of insurance a scintillating topic but it’s something that becomes important when you need to make a claim, or if you find yourself out of pocket because you don’t have cover. I think over the last 21 years I’ve learnt a lot about equipment, modifications and car conversions but I find myself constantly learning more. It wasn’t until
My name is Srin and I’m the co-founder and CEO of Accomable, a travel platform for disabled people to find accessible holiday properties. I’m also a big time lover of travel and have made it my life’s mission to see as much of the world as possible. Travelling as a disabled person is always fraught with challenges, albeit ones that can often be overcome. One
The travel brochures make a holiday look like the most glamorous thing you will ever do and we all hope that’ll be the case. Let’s face it, they’d find it hard to sell holidays if they showed pictures of a person in a hospital bed, people sleeping at airports because their flight has been delayed or a hurricane ravaged area. Unfortunately, things can go wrong
Travel has many glamorous elements. Lounging by a pool, visiting a far off exotic destination and taking a photo beside a monument you’ve always wanted to see in real life. Something far less glamorous is the preparation and in particular the ins and outs of travelling with medication. I never pictured myself travelling with a foam esky filled with dry ice. I am sure in my dreams it was
Travelling with a wheelchair definitely comes with its challenges. We have flown both domestically and internationally with BJ’s manual wheelchair and on a whole we have had good experiences. We are often asked how to travel with a wheelchair and what airlines require passengers to do prior to check in. People have anxiety (justifiably so) around their wheelchair being damaged and what happens if it is.
We are thrilled to see Lonely Planet produce such a great accessible guide which is available to download for free in a PDF format. I didn’t want to only share this on Facebook as not all our subscribers are fans of Facebook (shock, horror). I also wanted the information to be available for those searching for travel tips on our website in the future. We are
Finding a solution to travelling day-to-day is important to many of our families. Recently I was at a craft fair and found this walking frame carry all bag. I thought it would be perfect as a gift for my mother-in-law who now permanently uses a walking frame. It was well made and it seemed like a good solution for her when she goes shopping. I’m
Today we met friends at a park for a picnic. It’s been hot in Sydney lately so they suggested a park with a water play area attached. I had a light bulb moment and thought we could take BJ’s beach wheelchair with us for him to use. What a winner of an idea. The outing was popular, with all of us having a great time. BJ
Packing for hospital There are many articles devoted to what to pack for a holiday but far less emphasis is put on what to pack for a hospital stay. What you will need and manage to take will vary according to the type of stay and whether it is an emergency admission. In an emergency, or times of stress, it is often hard to remember
I have been thinking about how to tackle the subject of travelling, toileting and personal care and it is a tricky subject. Tricky because each person’s needs are so different and I am certainly no expert. However, this is something I am asked about regularly. It isn’t a subject that is easily broached with friends or family who are not in a similar position. It’s