In Response to Re: WHAT WOULD YOUR DREAM VACATION BE?:
I Hi NIKKI : Thanks for the suggestion( use a travel agent)We didt that years ago & it was the worst experience ever !!!!!!!!!!!!. The agent obviously knew nothing about travelling disabled: The hotel room's doorway was nearly too narrow for a standard size wheelchair to fit through itin; no handrails in bathroom; noroom to get to the bed if in a chair: NIGHTMARE ! After that we make our own arrangements w/Hotel's tol lfree # or a long distance direct call to the resrvation desk.I've always asked "what amenities the room has to make it an " accessable"room. ItissometimeslikeI am speaking a foreign language.I then ask the doorways ( width) measurements I askabout bathingfacilities ( shower bench seat; roll i ; refrigerator& microwave( less need to get out & search for a place to dine. In one chain hotel inD.C.; I was promised everything; On arrival: nice large room, & nothing else . A call to front desk got me a transfer bench refrig& microwaveoven delivered& set up by lovely staff. Theshower benchwasset up for theother side& wasimmediately ressembledto suit myneeds.The man who tookcareofit, greeteedmedaily each morning inthelobby& againonourreturn attheend oftheday.He offered suggestions of neaby tourist places & restaurants that were accessable.That was the same Hotel Chain( HOLIDAY (not)OUT that did not shovel snow after a snowfall. TheonlyUS chain that has not failed me isCourtyard by Marriott They always get us the correct type room.The ne time I needed few inor changes made for optimal comfort & convenience, ( repositioningthetable& 2 chairs; they were done at the very first opportunity ( w/in one hour of my request). On theWest coast( my first travel after needing special accomodations ,I did not even know what I needed.; Beforet he ADA, became law; in a moderate priced familyhotel; everything was pretty close to perfect.On the east coast(now a well-seasoned traveller,I keep having trouble, w/ my needs being ignored; promises broken.In one hotel N.H seacoast ) where we went every year for8 yrs; to take a break from "cabin fever"; take in a community theater show & dine in a favorite Japanese-Thai restaurant; I knew which of their3 ground floor handicap rooms was best suited to me.I always requested that room [#24].At one check in we were given keys to a 2nd floor non accessable room.When I pointed out the error, we were offered a BIG discount, as if saving $50 would make up for not being ble to get to the bathroom for three days & 2 nights .We stopped that yearly getaway& that hotel went out of business a few years later. when hubby was still running marathons; we booked aroomthrough a travel agent in Maine;(who was a race sponsor).I explained my needs...everything was perfect.There was enough space to park my wheel chair at bedside,. on theside I needed it The front desk called to confirm that everything was as requested.This was an Independt small hotel; only in Maine & I would book there again if the need arose. Again thiswasbeforetheADA beame law. Unfortunately not every hotel employee takes the stated needs of hteir guests, or the law, seriously. Hubby nohasaheartondition& I cannotriskhis being upset orputhimthroughthe exhautingneedto check out; findanewhotel& gothereforthe night.I'vehadsoepretty miserableexperiences " on the road" in theU.S.& haveeven threatenedlawsuitsundertheADA nordero get thecorrect accomodations.I've also slept headto foot inorderto park mywheelchairnextt o thebed.I've injuredmy one functioning hand ( cut & bloody trying to get to the bathroom in a roomI had not fully checked out upon check-in.it wasthe same room# we had used on other trips; but aNewJersey law( accordingto the hotel mgr had required them to re-do a few things.The contractor was careless & left a sharp raw edge on n interior doorway.Thehotel mgroffredusanother2 night stayfree, in the future but myDad died before we once again had the time to visit him.After that there is no need to go ack there. Inedatravlagent familiarw/ diabiliyy needs& terminology; more interestedinservingtheclientthan gettingtheir commssion.That is my" dream" Therewasonewho claimedthatexperise buthubywasstil working 52 weeksayearw/ no time off & travelligwanot possible then. NowthetravelagentsI call seem to preferI makemyowen arrangements; perhapsfearfulof lawsuitsiftey fail to provide accomodations needed.With the hotels not being reliable intheir promises, I can understand that fear. ULD YOUR DREAM VACATION BE? :
Posted by Ann N
Ann, you have just come up with a great job. Become a travel agent that specializes in travel for the "other" abled (don't really like the term disabled). There has to be a lot of business in that particular branch. There has to be a lot of people that would benefit from a service like that.
I have heard that the absolute best place to go if you have limitations is Disney, I guess they go out of their way to help their guests.