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travelling with a disability by Aiyer on 8 July 2005 4:37pm
 
hello...

I'm fascinated by travel, reading all your messages and I've watched various friends and members of family travel to places all over the globe, and would so love to travel myself.

I am 24, have partial epilepsy (not falling down and having convulsions). I'm usually fine but lack of sleep and time differences when I take meds are main culprits for bringing on a seizure.

Does anyone know someone or have any disability/ medical condition themself and still travel? If so, what do you advise, where did you go, how do you do it?! Anyone else got any suggestions or ideas how I could go about things?

Cheers!
A x
 
Re: travelling with a disability by stephlynne on 8 July 2005 7:15pm
 
Hi Aiyer,

Good for you for not letting your condition prevent you from seeing the world!

I have friends who are putting together a website which will provide information for travelers with disabilities. I believe its main focus will be travelers in wheelchairs (accessibility of attractions, hotels, etc.) but you might want to check it out and see if they have any info that would be useful to you. The site isn't live yet, but there is contact information at the following URL, and you can email them and they will let you know when it does go live...

http://www.onheelsandwheels.com/

Good luck!
Stephanie
 
Re: travelling with a disability by stephlynne on 8 July 2005 7:31pm
 
Hi Aiyer,

Good for you for not letting your condition prevent you from seeing the world!

I have friends who are putting together a website which will provide information for travelers with disabilities. I believe its main focus will be travelers in wheelchairs (accessibility of attractions, hotels, etc.) but you might want to check it out and see if they have any info that would be useful to you. The site isn't live yet, but there is contact information at the following URL, and you can email them and they will let you know when it does go live...

http://www.onheelsandwheels.com/

Good luck!
Stephanie
 
Re: travelling with a disability by Spursfan on 9 July 2005 1:38pm
 
I have a illness called Dermatomyositis which is an autoimmune condition. Basically the immune system fights the body, causing muscle weakness etc.

Since being diagnosed in 1995 I have been to Turkey several times, USA three times, Mexico, Nepal, India, The Maldives and Dubai.

I have trouble walking, especially down stairs and gradients, but with help from my husband I conquer whatever stands in my way!

I have a blue disabled sticker for the car, which means that, for example in the States, we could park nearer to wherever it was we were going.

The only concession I give to this illness is to ask for either lifts in a hotel or the ground floor.

Make sure that you take adequate medication for your trip (I usually take more than is necessary in case of delays etc), and pack it in your hand luggage. I usually take my repeat prescription sheet with me in case they ask for proof. If you have needles you usually need a doctors note.

I would also say make sure that you rest before your journey, and, as tempting as it may be to trot off as soon as you reach your hotel, make sure that you have a sleep when you get there!

Hope this helps.

Anne
 
Re: travelling with a disability by Aiyer on 9 July 2005 7:35pm
 
Thankyou for the replies!

A x
 
Re: travelling with a disability by Wild in Africa on 11 July 2005 12:43pm
 
All the best with your travels Aiyer and I hope you are able to find the courage to get out and do what you really want. I know a guy who works for Oxfam and has no legs but still is one of Oxfam's best regarded photographers and travels regularly with his wheelchair to many remote regions of the world and takes some wonderful photographs.

As for travelling with a disability ask Laura Bush, she does it all the time!
 
Re: travelling with a disability by Spursfan on 11 July 2005 1:48pm
 
Very good, WIA!!!

Anne
 



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