Julie and her family know about the struggles facing families travelling with a child with a disability but she shares some ideas on how to make it easier! She has created the website www.havewheelchairwilltravel.net to share all her research and great discoveries with others who are either, planning a trip, or are feeling nervous about giving it a go.
Providing information on what to know before you go, airlines, car hire, destinations in Australia and the USA
Some tips are:
Planning for any trip with children makes for a smoother holiday but especially if a child has special needs. Knowing the right questions to ask can make all the difference. Click here for Julie's tips for booking an accessible hotel.
Julie looks for unique experiences when she travels with her family. She spends a lot of time researching what is accessible and finding interesting experiences like Tahune Airwalk in Tasmania where her son left his wheelchair behind and tried cable hang-gliding. If an experience isn’t wheelchair accessible Julie looks for ways she can adapt the experience. One of her family’s highlights in San Francisco was touring the city in an original Mack Fire Engine
PREPARING AND INVOLVING YOUR CHILDREN
Julie believes in preparing children for what to expect on your holiday. A countdown calendar and photos of the places you will visit helps build anticipation and can be particularly helpful to a child with special needs.
Even going through security checks can be daunting if a child doesn’t know what to expect. Click here for what to expect at an airport and other security screening points