The chance for the long-awaited break to unwind at the ultimate relaxing holiday destination, should just take one or two phone calls to arrange. Though for people with disabilities and with mobility restrictions, even the most mundane aspects of holiday planning cannot be taken for granted.
Imagine you have paid a travel agent for a weekend on the coast. You explained to the agent that you required full disabled facilities and the agent assured you that you’ve been booked into a fully accessible room. Upon arrival the so called “disabled room” has; doorways barely wide enough to manoeuvre a wheelchair through, no suitable bench or table at which to eat, in-adequate showering facilities, and everyone’s favourite the dreaded steps. And as you can imagine, the list goes on. What would you do? Apart from feeling extremely disappointed, your only real option is to return home.
It is often the more subtle over-looked things such as self-closing, heavy doors, door nobs instead of levers, small light switches positioned too high, which turn a holiday apartment from “disabled friendly” to just an apartment with a rail screwed to the wall.
This is a typical example of what can arise for people with disabilities or with mobility restrictions who try to enjoy a simple break away from everyday life, but can’t because of inadequate access to suitable holiday accommodation.
One way to overcome these difficulties rather than just giving up in frustration, is to look for a vacancy in one of the very rare and over-booked locations which truly cater for the needs of people. Such holiday destinations are few and far between and it is common place to expect to wait six to eight months for a vacancy to arise. Therefore getting in at short notice is rarely an option for people with disabilities or with mobility restrictions