Tips for travelling as a disabled person
Sophie's blog featured on the Scope website gives the following tips;
Get advice. Thankfully websites like Euan’s Guide (which Professor Stephen Hawking endorses) and the brilliant Blue Badge Style offer some invaluable advice, and there are always people online to ask for tips and pointers like myself and others.
Plan for the worse and hope for the best. I often expect to be treated poorly at airports for example, as then when I’m not, it’s a bonus! I was once poked in the legs continuously by a group curious Indian security women because they didn’t believe I was paralysed, accordingly I missed my flight. I also had to be fireman’s lifted onto a flight in Nairobi once as there was no ambi-lift.
Don’t settle for anything less. I really think this is where we can make waves. We MUST complain, speak up or express ourselves when we have experienced discrimination. Be it to your local taxi firm, council, MP, media outlet or friend, if we don’t talk about the problems we are all facing on a day to day basis then nothing will be done. The Equality Advisory and Support Service (EASS) will also advise you on your rights via their helpline: 0808 800 0082
The world is yours. Everyone has the right to travel, to see the world and follow their hearts, and where there is a will there is a way, or as my mum says, ‘where there is a wheel there is a way!’ Please don’t let fear get in the way; all of these horror stories can be overcome with enough planning, guidance and a good sense of humour.
Image thanks to Sophie Morgan and Scope