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 and destinations
Some tips are:
- Have your wheelchair serviced before you travel and take a basic repair kit
- If you are getting a new wheelchair made, get lots of storage built in
- Don't underestimated how uncomfortable a flight can be for a person with a disability. Take a portable dvd player with back up battery, some snacks and a drink and small pillows or extra padding.
- Make sure the kids know how long the travelling will be ahead of time and remind them of the reward at the other end.