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Questions tagged [accessibility]

Questions about travel with or by persons with disabilities.

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When is it unacceptable to use accessible/disabled toilet stalls?

While traveling around the world, one will often stumble upon bathrooms for people who are physically disadvantaged: Here in North America, I wouldn't think twice before using these bathrooms, as I ...
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Can I use a priority seat if it is vacant?

Since I don't have any priority, I avoid using priority seats* on busses, trains etc. However I see that other people who have no priority are occasionally using those seats. I wonder if there is a ...
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Taking a train at Copenhagen airport

I'm travelling to Växjö on 1st of November, arriving to Copenhagen airport in Denmark and then taking a train to my final destination in Sweden. I am a person with restricted mobility so I'm having a ...
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What is better for mobility limited on Spirit: nonstop or big front seat?

I have mobility limitations. I cannot stand for more than a few seconds. I can walk like a normal person but only for a limited range of 100-300' (30-100m) before having to stop, and stopping ...
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Wheelchair on a 15% slope [closed]

I'm about to take my friend on a trip. This friend is in a wheelchair. It's mostly flat pavement with one exception. There is 15% slope I will need to climb up and down. It's something like 300 meters ...
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What is the best way to ensure a disabled, inexperienced passenger will receive suitable assistance on a trip from Windhoek to Europe?

We have invited a young Namibian student to speak at a software conference in Cardiff, UK. There are various flight options, none of them direct. The young man walks with crutches, slowly, and finds ...
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Traveling from San Francisco to Tokyo with a peculiar medical condition

I have a peculiar medical condition. I can stand and walk around fine, but that is exactly the extent of physical movements I can make; I cannot sit for a long time or carry anything heavier than my ...
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Pre Travel Special Arrangements for Someone with Mild to Moderate Physical Disability

My partner had a hemorrhagic stroke 18 months ago and occasionally requires a wheelchair (for long distances) but is otherwise fine. Now he's going on a vacation to Southeast Asia via Qatar Airways ...
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How do I figure out which platform a SEPTA regional rail arrives at for a particular station?

I am beyond frustrated at this point. We even called SEPTA's support number, and the person outright lied and said that they have no information about which platform a train will arrive at. (This is a ...
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Travelling with small fold up wheelchair [closed]

Will I be charged for checking my small fold up wheelchair prior to flying Denver to LHR May 20th?
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How easy is it for someone with blindness to go through customs?

I am a totally blind traveller. I have always flown within the US for the last four years, usually getting assistance from airport staff and sky caps. Whether they are airline employees or airport ...
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What does this sign on Air Tahiti ferry mean?

I saw this sign on Air Tahiti ferry in French Polynesia. What does the last icon on this place réservée sign mean?
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Travelling long-distance (Winnipeg – Auckland) with several stops as a blind person

I am 100% blind and am considering traveling to Auckland by myself to visit a friend this February. Since being almost 24 hours on a plane non-stop directly from Vancouver to Auckland does not do it ...
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London Underground:Baker St to Liverpool St, step access

My wife is travelling from Marylebone to Liverpool street in London and plan to walk from Marylebone to Baker Street before getting the underground to Liverpool Street. The tfl journey planner ...
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Stairwell inside The Met Manhattan

I am planning my first trip to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. I have all the galleries I want to see charted out, and I almost have an optimal path through The Met. But I have a specific question. ...
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Flying with a service animal

What are the requirements for flying with a service animal on domestic flights in the USA? Are there limits to the size? Is any paperwork needed?
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In-flight safety instructions for deaf passengers

I have never seen this before, but because most of the in-flight safety instructions appear to be replayed recordings these days (at least in my experience for both domestic and international airlines)...
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Why are airport wheelchairs often “attendant-propelled” only?

I have noted that all the airports I have visited have had "attendant-propelled" manual wheelchairs that may only be moved by an attendant: source: Wikimedia Commons. Rather than the more ...
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How to tell if your flight has an air-bridge or stairs?

A colleague has a family member who struggles with the stairs, and wouldn't be able to climb (injury). They've spotted a trip to Tasmania on Jetstar from Sydney, but are wondering if the planes have ...
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Wheelchair travel in Japan

My friend uses a wheelchair and would like to visit Japan with his wife (who is not in a wheelchair). Since I have been to Japan several times, he is looking to me to help plan or arrange a trip. I ...
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How to reach Munich Hbf from Munich's Airport (Terminal 2)? Disabled person

Recently I asked here a question about reaching Marktoberdorf from Munich's Airport. @user24582 gave me very helpful information and links. I contacted Mobility service of the Deutsche Bahn and ...
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Taming the nightmare of public toilets in the UK

Public toilets in the UK are established and maintained by the local authorities, most commonly local councils. This is great for people that advocate local autonomy, but a hellish nightmare for ...
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How can I reach Marktoberdorf from Munich Airport? Disabled person

First of all (its quite important) I need to say, that I am a disabled person, and walk with a crutch. In about two weeks I'm flying from Poland to Munich Airport. It is the first time I fly alone and ...
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Are there any guide books that give details of walks that are accessible to a wheelchair user in the Peak District (UK)

Are there any guide books that give details of walks that are accessible to a wheelchair user in the Peak District (UK)? For example the paths have a reasonable surface and there are no steps or ...
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Free access to Venice museums for the disabled, but with parking

I can see that a visitor to Venice is able to enter many of the attractions in Venice at a reduced, or entirely waived fee. Therefore, to obtain free admission, the interested parties can present ...
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Mobile Charging at the Bodie Island Lighthouse

The Bodie Island Lighthouse is situated on North Carolina's "Outer Banks" within a large system of U. S. national parks known as the Cape Hatteras National Seashore. Source: Wiki Creative Commons On ...
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On the trail of the Alpine Ibex in Switzerland

I have been watching the National Geographic series, "Europe's Great Wilderness" and have become enthralled by their description of the Alpine Ibex. This magnificent animal appears to defy gravity in ...
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Step-free / wheelchair (or few steps) access on the Barcelona Metro

We went to Barcelona recently, as my wife has CP, she finds steps hard work, my arm also gets a good workout supporting her if we have too many steps to face. Most metro stations seemed to have many ...
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What proof of disability is accepted in France?

I am planning a visit to Paris and see that entry to various landmarks is free or considerably cheaper for disabled visitors. One member of our group holds a German handicapped card ("...
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Accessible travel by Tube from Heathrow to Kings Cross

I understand the Tube is the best way to get from Heathrow to Kings Cross. Does this journey have escalators and lifts all the way? I am unable to carry my cases.
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Passing through airport security with autism

I am a young adult with autism (Asperger's to be precise). While there are many resources on how to travel with kids with autism, resources on how to do so if you have it yourself are rare to ...
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Pick Up Wheelchair Passenger at SFO airport

I need to pick up a 94-year-old passenger at San Francisco International Airport. She requested wheelchair assistance when she booked the flight. Where do I go to pick her up? Is there a special ...
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Access to Midosuji line platforms with luggage

I need to travel between Shin-Osaka and Tennoji stations in Osaka. Hyperdia recommends the Midosuji subway line but should I prefer overground lines if I have large luggage? Are there elevators to ...
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Inexpensive vehicular guided tour of Sydney

We're looking for a guided tour of Sydney. We initially considered the hop-on, hop-off tour bus for Sydney, but $40 for ordinary fares, $30 for concession was a bit steep. Another possibility I ...
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How can I make flying with a wheelchair or crutches easier?

In september I will go on my honeymoon: Schiphol(Netherlands) - Willemstad(Curacao). Due to my wife being chronically ill she is wheelchair or crutches dependant (depending how well she's doing that ...
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Restroom facilities near Saint Chad's Well (Sacred Spring in England)

A visitor to the UK wants to visit the sacred spring associated with Saint Chad (Chadwell Heath -- Not the other ones in Mercia and Lichfield and Staffordshire) for its reputed healing and spiritual ...
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Disabled access at San Francisco international airport?

Assuming a wheelchair-bound person is dropped off, is there airport staff support to help the passenger through security etc and all the way to the plane?
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What is the advantage / reason for many trams being high floored and non-accessible?

In the last few weeks, I've taken a lot more trams than I normally do, in a few different countries. Some of those trams have had low floors, allowing me to just step on / step on wheeling some ...
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Teletext Subtitles on Romanian Television

There is a teletext feature on the televisions in the hotel rooms. In England there was a way to get subtitles to appear by going to the teletext interface and entering 888. As far as I know this is ...
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Disability Laws By Country [closed]

I'm in the process of narrowing this down or formatting into about 5 different questions, leaving this as a more generalized question regarding laws similar to the ADA. This shall serve as the ...
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Exploring the Galapagos Islands with a Disabled Individual

I'm trying to figure out the best way to explore the Galapagos Islands for someone that is disabled. The disability is with walking, but not wheelchair-bound. I'm aware of how to get to the islands, ...
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Forearm walking crutch and air travel

Is it a problem to travel by plane with an aluminium forearm walking crutch similar to this one? I will be traveling by plane in two days (Czech Airlines PRG-CDG). I have a minor injury. I prefer to ...
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Electric wheelchairs hire in Cologne

I plan to visit Germany, Cologne particularly, from Moscow this fall. Unfortunately, I'm disabled, so I need to temporary hire an electric wheelchair. If anybody knows organizations, please help to ...
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What access arrangements for the disabled are there to enter the Grand Canyon?

I am disabled, and walk on crutches, but do have a wheelchair for whenever necessary. I have visited the South Rim of the canyon three times, but have never been down inside the canyon itself. Are ...
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Accessibility of “Mayflower Steps” boat tours in Plymouth, England?

I am trying to help a blind woman arrange a trip with her daughter. She's recently lost her sight, and has not yet acquired, much less learned to use, accessibility tools for phone and internet. To ...
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What way people get to Oktoberfest in Munich?

I watched weblinks from Wikipedia, there are some links to sites about this festival. I read on them that auto is bad variant to go there. Flights from Moscow to Munich isn't a problem, but what to do ...
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Services to help disabled travelers when travelling, eg with accommodation in Canary Islands and travel from Russia

I'm disabled, from Russia. And I'm planning to travel in the future as much as I can. I'm seeking companies, services, which can to help me with accommodation, because I'm a wheelchair user. Maybe ...
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What are good holidays for a disabled adult and a small child?

My wife had a brain haemorrhage, leaving her quite profoundly disabled. We also have a young son - he's just turned three. What family holidays can you suggest we might be able to enjoy - both now ...
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Grand Canyon Skywalk - details on access

So oddly, the official site of the Grand Canyon Skywalk (as far as I can tell) has nothing on it. The Wikipedia page has info on it, but there are a few issues: the access road is apparently unpaved ...
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What museums and attractions in London offer interactive exhibits for blind people?

I'll be visiting London next year with my in laws, of which my father-in-law is blind. Since London is basically just wandering around and looking at things, our trip could get very boring very ...