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Traveling with a Disability

With a little research, an assertive attitude and an adventurous spirit, backed up with knowledge of personal rights for individuals with disabilities, travel is becoming accessible to everyone.

Although travel has become more accessible for people with Spina Bifida, the usual inconveniences that go hand-in-hand with traveling—late or cancelled flights, lost luggage, increasingly cramped seating—are even more challenging for people who depend on assistive devices such as wheelchairs, scooters, and walkers. Savvy travelers and their companions strive to avoid travel-related headaches by being aware of and steering away from potential pitfalls whenever possible.

This information sheet offers helpful hints from travelers with physical disabilities. These suggestions will help travelers with Spina Bifida head off trouble before it ruins their travel experience—be it by air, bus, train, or cruise. It also offers tips when staying in hotels, and outlines steps to take before leaving home.

This information does not constitute medical advice for any individual. As special cases may vary from the general information presented here, SBA advises readers to consult a qualified medical or other professional on an individual basis.

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