Cruising and the disabled #2

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I’m still not real sure about what is going to happen this next week as far as how much internet time I am going to have and all that. Just to let you know that that.

Okay, let’s get back to our discussion about the disabled going on cruises. Today I think we are going to look at some questions we would want to ask any cruiseline a disabled person is thinking about going on, and then we will look at Norwegian’s answers specifically.

  • Do all your ships have staterooms that will accommodate the disabled? will have about forty accessible rooms. Not only will the rooms be more spacious, you will find a lot of nice features in these rooms. They will have raised beds. There will be guard rails in the bathrooms. And these are just some of the features. Just ask about anything you might need. I can always ask your preferred cruiseline.
  • Do you accommodate wheelchair and motorized scooters? Yes, Norwegian does. They also have some wheelchairs available for rent. If you are going to need a wheelchair the whole time you are on board bring your own. If need a wheelchair just for shore excursions, renting will be perfectly fine. If you have a motorized wheelchair, you will need to have a gel-cell batteries. And for the younger more disabled guests, all but two ships will have direct elevator access to the kids’ clubs.
  • Are all public areas accessible? Norwegian’s answer is, most are. The specialty restaurants should give you no problems. There will be accessible bathrooms throughout the ships. The theaters should all have accessible sections. Disabled adults will be able to have fun in the casinos.

I think we are going to get back to this next week or whenever I’m back online again. I would love to know your thoughts on this.

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Cruising and the disabled

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Sometimes I have certain things I try to do each day. Obviously I do this each day. I check e-mail. And then I also try to do some training on different kinds of destinations or cruiselines, because what’s out there is pretty much limitless… I must confess that I was not coming up with ideas for this, and I was going to come back to this, but I this training module and thought that this might make a great post

For those that have never met me in person, I’m disabled. I have Cerebral Palsy, and I’m basically unable to do anything for myself. I sit in a wheelchair, and have a communication device that doubles as my computer.

To be honest, I’ve never been on a cruise, have no idea what that would be like. I have heard that going on a cruise might be difficult for me. But that might be changing slowly.

And I should also let you know that the course I am taking is through Norwegian Cruise Lines, so we will want to keep that in mind as well.

Here are some things we will want to keep in mind.

  • Norwegian has wider hallways and bigger bathrooms making it easier for people in wheelchairs.
  • Service pets are allowed on board ships. Norwegian follows the guidelines written up by the ADA.
  • Many stateroom are going to have refrigerator in them so that you will be able to keep your medications. If you know you are going to need a refrigerator, all you really need to do is to say something to me.
  • Norwegian does reserve the right to say that they don’t think they can accommodate your specific disability. We will need to contact them up front to ask if they are going to be able to accommodate you. This is something I can work on for you.
  • I think we are going to get back to this tomorrow. I would really love to know your thoughts about all of this.

When something goes wrong on vacation

You may think I’m crazy, but I like getting up early. I love having quiet in the mornings to read and journal my thoughts.. I’m trying to figure out what I want to do, considering taking some writing classes. I know I want to work on some more articles. I’m also feeling like I need to figure out how to close more sales.. My mind is going a hundred different directions. But I am grateful to have gotten up early and be able to have plenty of time to work.

This is not something we like to think about at all… We like to think that while we are on vacation, that nothing will go wrong and that everything will be perfect. But unfortunately things do come up you’re on vacation, just like they do at any other time. But what are you supposed to do? First, this is one reason it is always a good idea to book through a travel agent. And the reason for this is that travel agents are going to book a lot more hotel rooms, cruises, and things like that than average people. So we are just going to have more pull with these people to make sure that things are done right.

  • The first thing you should try to do is not to panic or get upset. Most people in these businesses really do want to help. Know what you want and ask for it specifically. You don’t want to be rude, but at the same time you want to be firm on what you need to happen.
  • Travel agents really can help when something does go wrong, so please e-mail me and let me know exactly what is going on and what you need.
  • It is also wise to purchase travel insurance. You never know when something might go wrong, and you may have to return home before you planned. Travel insurance helps you cover all those emergencies.

Do you have any thoughts or questions you might like to share? Let me know.

Resorts and the disabled

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I’m so glad today is Friday. There is no question that I love working on my business, and really hope to do well at it.. But I’m ready for some downtime.

 

Today, let’s talk some about resorts and the disabled.. Whether you are the disabled person yourself, or someone in your family is disabled, you will be the one who best knows what works and what doesn’t work for the disabled person. Resorts are great places to vacation because you are going to have your lodging, your meals, and your entertainment all right there. Resorts usually have several nice pools you can choose from, as well as children’s programs for when you would rather not have your children around. But are you are going to have more questions about the resort than the average person. What exactly are the rooms like? Will getting a wheelchair in and out be a problem? Am I going to have enough room to keep the things I need to keep my child calm? Is there a way to keep what other guests hear from our rooms to a minimum? Are we going to have good options in the restaurants for the person with dietary restrictions? And are the restaurants going to be family friendly? Do you take special needs children in your programs, and how does all that work? Has any of your staff been specifically train to work with the disabled?

 

These are some of the things you’ll need to consider when going to a resort with a person with a disability. Or you could e-mail me, and I’ll ask a lot of questions about your family and help you get the info you need.. I would be more than happy to work with you.

Best vacation spots for disabled kids #3

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I have a dear friend I am going to get to hang out with tonight. So I need to get to some work stuff before work starts.

 

Once again, we are going to be discussing some great destinations for the disabled. Did you know that there are chairs which will allow disabled people to ski? There is a place in Colorado that makes it easy for anyone who wants to to ski. This resort is called Mount Tremblant and offers a wide variety of activities, no matter who you are. They have everything from ice skating to dog sledding and ice fishing. A lot of their ski instructors have been trained to work with the disabled. All of the rooms are spacious, and will accommodate wheelchairs. And all the restaurants at this resort are accommodating as well. This is not the only resort in Colorado who has accessible skiing. But Tremblant looks like it is dedicated to being the most accommodating… Personally, I don’t think chair skiing is something I want to try. I’m kind of getting less and less adventurous as the years go by.

 

My family have a house near this place, and I think that’s where we are going for Christmas this year.. The place that is called good for the disabled is Dollywood which is near Gatlinburg, Tennessee. It is an amusement park, but is much calmer than a lot of other parks like this. I have never been to the park itself, those places have lost their appeal to me. But I know the area also has a lot of shopping, and some great restaurants. It is also a beautiful place to go hiking and things like that because it is in the beautiful mountains.

 

I would love to know your thoughts on this, any questions you might have..

Best vacation spots for the disabled #2

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I am someone who likes getting up fairly early and getting the things I need to do done as quickly as I can. But because of my disability, I have to wait on Mom to get me up. Today, early didn’t happen, but anyway.. I’m trying to figure out the best order to do things. This comes first, and then I’m thinking about doing school, and saving my forum “work” for last, since that is what I enjoy most.

 

Anyway, let’s get back to discussing the best places to take disabled kids on vacation. Splore, Utah has a resort type place that allows disabled kids to go four-wheel riding, horseback riding, mountain biking, and even has scenic flights you can take. Cow Boy fare is what is usually served, but the chefs there welcome you making special requests.. If I could travel by myself, I would love to get to this place, even from the short description I’m reading online.

 

You may be wondering if there is any way you and your family can take a cruise. Actually, there is. Royal Caribbean is starting to do more and more for the disabled community, especially those with Autism. They offer special programs for the disabled, and are more than happy to cater to those with special dietary needs. Royal Caribbean has made sure that at least part of the crew has been certified, so you can even feel safe leaving your child in the programs and having fun yourself.

 

I think I am going to stop here and get on to some other things. I think I am going to look up that resort. What about you?

Best vacation spots for the disabled #1

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I’m o do a lot of different things in the business, and with my life too… Okay, we’ve said that the United States as a whole has worked hard to make traveling, and a lot of other things, easier for the disabled. And that’s a good thing, because more and more of us are experiencing disabilities, either ourselves or a family member.. But today, let’s get into some specifics of actual vacation spots that work well when you have a disabled child.

 

Starting out, Disney is one place that does cater to those who have food allergies, which does not surprise me having worked with Disney before. Disney goes out of their way to meet guests’ hopes and dreams. Each resort has its own head chef who will know which restaurants are safe for any given allergy or dietary need your family may have. All you need to do is to call ahead and get a list of safe restaurants. Or if you book through me, I will be able to do that for you.

 

In Santa Cruz, California, they have a nonprofit organization called “Shared Adventures” that has all kinds of programs for the disabled, both for children and adults. Santa Cruz is a beautiful place to explore with lots of nice beaches. In July, this organization has a day at the beach for the disabled. They have swimming, canoeing, kayaking and even scuba diving.

 

On the other side of the country, there is a place in Kent, Connecticut. Families can stay together in cabin. This place sounds like a family camp and might be your best bet if your child has sensory issues.

 

Please let me know if your family would be interested in anything like this. I would be more than happy to help you plan any of these trips.

Suggestions on trips for families with a special needs child

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It’s Monday morning, and I’m glad to already up and at work. I have several things I would really like to accomplish this week. I’m still looking for a forum where I can meet some more people to work with. I have kind of joined a free travel agent school that I am going to try to take full advantage of. I guess those are my two main goals, besides doing this, for the week.

 

Let’s go back to looking at some great destinations for the disabled… Planning the perfect trip for everyone in any family is always a chore. A lot of siblings, no matter whether you have two children or six, most of the time your kids are going to be very different in what they like to do on vacations. Some like to just read, others want to be going places all the time. But when you have a disabled child, you have to make sure that their needs are met adequately as well. Don’t ignore the needs of your other children, but you will need to make sure that the accommodations work for your child with special needs. If you have kids with special dietary needs, you are going to need to take that into consideration as well. Try to do some special meals for them as well. You can call ahead and see which restaurants will ensure that your child’s needs will be met. Try to balance the special needs child’s needs with your other children’s [duh, aren’t you always doing that?] If you are planning a pretty active vacation, but your special needs child needs more downtime, consider taking a grandparent or other good adult friend so your special needs child doesn’t feel stuck with someone.

 

My hope is to get into a lot more specifics tomorrow and the rest of the week. I would love to know your thoughts, or any questions you may have about any of this.

More thoughts on traveling with the disabled

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Disabled people, like everyone else, are a diverse population, with different needs and desires. When planning a trip with someone who is disabled, you will of course want to keep in mind their specific disability… Personally, my favorite vacations are when I am going to see family or dear friends. I like lots of time just to hang out whoever we’re visiting, maybe some quiet to read or write, and definite some good food along the way. What kinds of needs does this person have? Are they in a wheelchair? Do they have problems if they get overexcited? If you are planning a trip for you and a disabled friend, be sure to have an open discussion, not only about their disability, but also about your hopes for this trip. Is there a specific destination you want to explore together, or is this more a time for the two of you to get to know each other better?

 

Discuss both of your hopes for this trip. Come up with a plan that works well for both of you. Being friends with a disabled person is like a friendship with anyone else. There is give and take. I like it when I feel like I can be open with friends and they are the same with me.

 

 

I’m hoping to do better on posts this coming week. I’m just tired today, ready to get on some other things today.

Planning a trip with a disabled friend

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We’re having some internet problems at our house today, and right I’m grateful to be able to accomplish anything for today.

 

Anyway, let’s go on and talk some more about the subject of traveling with people who have disabilities. Let’s say that you met someone with a physical disability, and have been hanging out for a while. And then one time when you’re hanging out it comes up that a weekend trip might be fun sometime. Okay, maybe you weren’t sure what to say. You’re becoming good friends, your friend is in a wheelchair, but can pretty much handle most of her personal needs by herself. But she has said she’d rather you plan the trip. She wants to be sure you enjoy yourself on your little getaway.

 

The good news is that the United states is one of the most accessible nations in the world, thanks to people like the ADA. Hotels, museums, theaters are just some of the places that have to comply these standards.

 

Now you would be wise to do some planning ahead. Hotels have to have a certain number of rooms that are accessible. Calling ahead to make sure that the place you want to stay has an accessible room is always a good idea. It is also a good idea to ask about your friend’s specific needs. A good example of this would be if your friend has a power chair or something that requires some kind of special plug that has to charge at night. Will your hotel have the right kind of plug?

 

I have a whole lot of research to do to get more familiar with the topic of disability travel… If you have specific questions about this topic, please let me know, and I can research those first.