April 30, 2012

What is Spinal Cord Injury?

Author: Mack Wilson

Spinal cord injury occurs when the spinal cord is injured or damaged, resulting in loss of function (sensation or movement). The spinal cord is vulnerable to trauma, such as that which occurs from a fall, a motor vehicle accident or a gunshot wound. Spinal cord injuries may also accompany certain diseases, such as spina bifida or polio.

The spinal cord does not necessarily need to be severed in order for loss of function to occur. Most people who suffer spinal cord injuries and survive have an intact spinal cord, but the damage caused results in significant impairment.

In order to understand spinal cord injury, it is helpful to understand the structure of the spinal cord and surrounding structures:

The spinal cord -
About 45 centimeters (18 inches) long, the spinal cord travels from the base of the neck to the level of the waist. Nerves encased in the spinal cord carry messages to and from the brain to the spinal nerves which lay in the spinal cord tract. Spinal nerves branch out from the spinal cord and carry impulses back and forth from other areas of the brain. Spinal nerves enter and exit the spinal cord at various levels, which correspond to various areas of the body. Sensory neurons carry messages from the skin and other organs to the brain regarding sensation, such as pressure and pain. Motor neurons carry messages from the brain to the body to initiate movement. The spinal cord is composed of the nerves that carry impulses from the brain to the rest of the body, therefore an injury or disease that affects the spinal cord will also affect the body's ability to move or experience certain sensations.

The vertebrae -
The spinal cord is surrounded by a column of bones that protect the spinal cord. This column of bones makes up your spinal column, or spine. As a general rule, the higher up the spine an injury occurs, the greater the loss of function. Bones in the spinal column are named according to the region in which they lay. There are eight vertebrae in the neck (cervical vertebrae, C1 to C8), twelve vertebrae in the chest region (thoracic vertebrae, T1 to T12), five vertebrae in the lower back (lumbar vertebrae, L1 to L5) and five vertebrae in the pelvic region (sacral vertebrae, S1 to S5).

Incomplete versus Complete Spinal Cord Injury -
Spinal cord injuries may be classed as either incomplete or complete. In complete spinal cord injury, there is complete loss of function below the level of the injury. Both sides of the body are affected equally. In incomplete spinal cord injury, some function is preserved below the level of the injury. With an incomplete injury, one side may be affected more than the other; there may be some sensation and some mobility. As stated previously, the higher the level of injury, the greater the loss of function and sensation. For example, injuries occurring high up in the spinal cord may impede the victim\'s ability to breathe, while injuries occurring lower in the spinal cord may cause loss of walking ability but preserve breathing function.

Quadriplegia versus Paraplegia -
Quadriplegia is a term used to describe loss of function from the shoulders down, while paraplegia refers to loss of function from the waist down. Loss of function can include bowel and bladder control, as well as loss of sexual function.

Spinal cord injury is a devastating injury that greatly impacts the survivor's life, as well as that of their loved ones. With new technology and treatment, more people are surviving spinal cord injuries and living productive lives. The extent of injury is greatly dependent on whether the spinal cord injury is complete or incomplete and at what level the spinal cord injury occurs.

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April 29, 2012

Choosing Between a Walker and a Rollator

Author: Chris Stoeri

Why write about walkers and rollators you ask? I thought it would be a good article since our company gets asked sometimes which one is better. The better one depends on what your condition is and what your needs are. One thing is for sure: both can help you regain a little more freedom!

Walkers and rollators are similar in that they involve both hands to operate which helps provide a great deal of stability. If your doctor hasn't recommended one or the other, here is a brief overview of what they are and what the main considerations are for most users.

Think of an open frame that you stand behind. Typical walkers are made from aluminum with some of the heavy duty models made from steel. Most walkers are height adjustable, have hand grips, and have rubber tips or skids at the end of the legs. Most of them fold up to a flat profile making them easy to take along while traveling. A walker works by picking up the weight a little and scooting it forward, allowing you to take an extra step, then putting your weight back down on it for stability. Some walkers come with wheels on the front legs making it easier to scoot the walker forward. The surface has to be relatively smooth to operate a walker safely.

A rollator is similar to a walker but with wheels, brakes, and on most models a seat. Some even have a basket for storing items while on the go. The seat is convenient allowing you to rest and most models fold up for easy portability. Rollators are available with 3 wheels (think tricycle), 4 wheels, and some with 6 wheels (the two rear wheels are paired with another). Many of the models with hand brakes have a parking brake feature making the rollator more stable while seated. They work much the same as pushing a shopping cart while holding onto the hand grips for stability.

Main Considerations for Most Users:
  • Doctor's advice – If you are under a doctor's care, it is important to get their input. They may have certain requirements, or recommend something else.
  • Operating environment – do you have the space to operate a walker or rollator safely in your home? Think ahead about all the places you will maneuver and make sure you have enough clearance. Steps are another concern – if you have steps to traverse for example, make sure you have a plan for getting up or down. Also keep in mind the terrain you will most commonly face. Larger diameter wheels on rollators work better in rough terrain such as grass or dirt roads. Walkers are very hard to operate on all but the smoothest surfaces.
  • Do you travel? Most walkers and rollators fold for easier portability, but could you carry the weight of it if you had to, or could your companion or caregiver? And while rollators fold up, most of the models have a basket that doesn't fold which may cause problems especially with getting on a plane.
  • Realistically consider the proper size. Most walkers and rollators have a weight rating that must be followed for safe operation. This is especially true for rollators with a seat. Exceeding the weight limit could cause a potentially dangerous situation.
  • Rollater braking – rollators all have some sort of braking system. Most have hand brakes or push down brakes. If you have hand brakes, can you squeeze the brake handle enough to apply brake pressure? Push down brakes work by applying weight to the handle so that a rubber stop will make contact with the ground and keep the rollator from moving forward.
So if you have a need for a walker or rollator and don't have one yet, go out and get one. You won't be disappointed!

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Author Chris Stoeri founded www.EnableYourLife.com to help people with all types of diabilities to more easily tackle their daily challenges, providing aids for daily living, wheelchairs/scooters, wheelchair parts and accessories, diagnostic equipment, and thousands of other medical supplies. He was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis at age 17, and has spent several years as an active volunteer for the Arthritis Foundation.

April 28, 2012

Wheelchair Rental for Travel or Temporary Impairment

Author: Adam Hefner

Wheelchair rental services are invaluable for both travelers with disabilities or mobility impairments and for those who temporarily suffer low mobility due to injury. These services can be found locally or by internet and offer wheelchairs, electric wheelchairs or scooters, and other services.

For those with temporary movement problems due to injury such as a broken bone, a wheelchair may not always seem necessary but sometimes it can help. Those who cannot get around with crutches will obviously need a wheelchair, but even those who use crutches may find them useful. If you\'re only trying to get around in your own home or workplace, you may not need one. But for people who have to travel mid-length distances on foot, such as students, a wheelchair can actually be faster and more convenient than walking on crutches, and less of a strain on your shoulders. If this is your case, your doctor can give you a wheelchair prescription, and your health insurance may cover all or part of the cost. Wheelchairs are available for rental with some hospitals, clinics, and pharmacies, and your yellow pages may have a section on wheelchairs.

If you need public transportation services and wish to use a wheelchair for a temporary injury, find out beforehand if your normal bus or student shuttle route has wheelchair-accessible vehicles. If they do not, request that they send one for you. Generally, they are required by law to do so.

If you are vacationing or travelling by plane, you may want to look into wheelchair or scooter rental services for travellers. These services do everything they can to make your trip as convenient as possible. Scooters and wheelchairs are available for day-rental at airports, and some rental services are willing to bring a wheelchair or scooter to the airport when you arrive if you make arrangements in advance. These services also often have wheelchair-accessible vehicle rental services. Wheelchair and scooter rental services are available in major cities, airports, and tourist destinations. People with limited mobility can rent scooters to make their visit to tourist attractions and theme parks more convenient and enjoyable.

Scooters are also available on cruise ships. In addition to renting a scooter, some cruises will offer certain amenities for people with impaired mobility. You can ask for a room which has sufficient door-width and open space for your wheelchair or scooter to enter. These rooms should also have other necessities such as reachable light switches and a bathroom with appropriate facilities including handrails and wheel-in showers. If other areas throughout the ship have limited access or doorlips, assistance must be provided on the cruise. Make sure that assistance will be available in advance, or go on a different cruise. Also, check in advance whether you'll be able to get through any guided tours at ports of call on your wheelchair or scooter. Ask whether these will be in limited-access areas or areas with steep hills, and whether assistance will be available.

Whether you are temporarily injured or need a wheelchair rental because you'll be far from home, there are services available to accommodate your mobility needs as conveniently as possible.

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April 27, 2012

Traveling Handicapped – Things The Visually And Hearing Impaired Should Know

Traveling Handicapped – Things The Visually And Hearing Impaired Shoul

 Author: Temeka Giller

The Air Carrier Access Act (ACAA) of 2009 stipulates definite rules for those with disabilities and their right to access to airports and flights on airlines. The ACAA delineates exactly what information the airlines are required to give you. The airlines must also provide an array of services to such handicapped passengers under this law. Some, but not all of these are:

Accessibility to airline information and reservation services for the visually and hearing impaired, including text telephone (TTY) if it is also providing phone services of a similar nature to non-impaired customers. And they must respond in substantially the same time and manner that they would for any non-handicapped customers.

Impaired passengers have a right to access information at airports, but they must first notify the attending airline's personnel of their impairment, so such needs can be properly met. In this regard, foreign flights must also provide such information if they are flying to or from the United States. Among the items they must provide are ticketing information, schedule changes, gate assignments, baggage checking, flight check-in, and even if the passenger is being paged. Televisions at airports must have closed captioning. If you're visually impaired, bring your cane. It lets others know you have a sight problem. What's more, don't be afraid to ask questions.

Once on the plane, visually or hearing impaired passengers must notify the flight's personnel of this fact, and they are then entitled to receive any onboard information the other passengers may be receiving. This includes such diverse topics as flight safety, weather information at the flight's destination, baggage claims (where to go), connecting gate assignments and/or changes, emergencies, etc. Whatever the regular passengers are given in the way of information must be given to impaired passengers, as well.

Special Markings For The Visually Impaired Author, Poco a poco, Courtesy Wikimedia Commons

With regard to an impaired person's service animal, as long as the flight is under eight hours, in most instances, the impaired can have their animal with them on the flight. If over eight hours, the passenger may be required to show that the animal does not have to relieve itself, or it can be done is such a way as not to cause any health or hygiene problems. Also, the animal cannot be situated in such a way that it blocks any area, especially the aisles. If this is the case, the airline must try to find another seat for the passenger and the animal where this is not a problem.

And in some instances, the airline may insist upon a safety assistant traveling with the person, because of the need to make sure the passenger is clearly informed of any emergency situations, and such other critical information. This may be the case for someone who is both visually and hearing impaired. However, if the airline insists upon this, they cannot make the passenger pay the cost for an assistant. The airline alone must carry the burden of any such costs. Also, all impaired passengers are entitled to assistance when moving around the interior of the airport, as well as embarking and debarking from flights, and moving about on board.

If Visually Impaired, Bring Your Cane Emijrp Commons Courtesy Wikimedia Commons

Airlines must have a designated Complaint Resolution Officer in the airports and these officers are supposed to be experts in their field and have the authority to resolve any issues themselves. As a hearing or visually impaired passenger, you have the right to make complaints, and they should be dealt with by such a Complaint Resolution Officer. However, if they do not resolve any such problems, or the passenger feels less than satisfied with the type of resolution, they may call the U.S. Department of Transportation. It has a toll-free hotline for handicapped travelers. The hotline numbers are 1-800-778-4838 if you can use voice, or use 1-800-455-9880 if you need text telephone access (TTY). If you prefer to file a complaint later, please do so within the six-month period immediately following any such incident that causes the complaint.

Again, handicapped passengers have rights! Whether physically impaired with regard to walking, visual, or hearing, you have rights! And if your complaints aren\'t resolved, file them with the U.S. Department of Transportation. This helps not only you on future flights, but all impaired passengers, too. There is power in numbers. Use it!

So when it comes to traveling for the impaired, remember, under the new legislation, you have more rights than ever, and it seems everyone is set on enforcing them. That's the good news. However, being alone in an airport with an airline agent who is unresponsive or rude, can still happen on occasion. It can be traumatic for such a passenger. That's why it is all the more important to demand to see the Complaint Resolution Officer, and failing this, to call the U.S. Department of Transportation Hotline number(s) listed above in this article. And, it might also help very much to have a copy of the DHHCAN Airline Travel Action Guide 2009 whose website is also above listed (and below, under 'References'). Having the actual paper in your hand can go a long way to getting recalcitrant airline personnel to listen to you. Or, at least, bring this article with you.

International Symbol For Hearing Impaired Public Domain, Courtesy Wikimedia Commons
And don't be afraid or feel intimidated into not flying. This world belongs to all of us, not just some of us, and you have a right to go where you want to, impaired or not! So please, if you get nothing else from this article, get this much: You have a right to fly! You have rights in that regard! And nobody should infringe upon those rights or take them away from you!

And when it comes to your currency needs, remember Currate.com, the folks who bring you all this great and helpful information. At Currate.com, you will find images of over 180 of the world's currencies, a point-and-click to your destination Earth map, regularly updated currency exchange rates, and an online currency conversion calculator, so you will know exactly what that monetary exchange is costing you in your own currency. And don't forget that Currate.com also has features for those who have mobile phones with Internet browser capability. If your phone has enhanced features, go to http://currate.com/e.php. If you phone is not capable of such features, than try http://currate.com/m.php. Either way, with a mobile phone with Internet capability, you will always be just a few seconds away from all the information you need for regularly updated currency exchange rates for just about anywhere!

So for all travelers, whether physically impaired or not, Currate.com performs a great service when it comes to giving information about various currencies. The best part? It's all free, a service designed specifically for travelers, physically impaired or otherwise, and available to all!


Air Carrier Access Act

Overview Of The Air Carrier Access Act

Aviation Consumer Protection And Enforcement

AIR CARRIER ACCESS ACT OF 1986 As Amended Effective May 13, 2009
http://www.state.hi.us/health/dcab/factsheets/AIR CARRIER ACCESS ACT.pdf

DHHCAN Airline Travel Action Guide 2009 Summary PDF File

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Disabled Holidays in Paris

Author: Sagetraveling

Experience the best that Paris has to offer with our Paris Accessible Holiday Packages. Our Paris Accessible Holiday Packages provide you with the best accessible experiences Paris has to offer. We make sure that your trip will be filled with amazing, fully-accessible experiences.
All of the tips and tricks that a person with a disability needs to visit Paris are included in our Paris accessible holiday packages. Disabled travel to Paris has never been easier!

Paris Disabled Travel Services:
The Paris Disabled Travel Agents at Sage Traveling can provide you with everything you need for an accessible trip to Paris..

Personally-Inspected Accessible Hotel Accommodation
We have personally visited more than 20 accessible hotels in Paris and can recommend the most accessible hotel accommodations options in the prime neighborhoods. Our top recommendations are located near major tourist attractions like the Louvre, Notre Dame, and the Eiffel Tower. We have identified the accessible walking/rolling and bus routes to easily get you from each of the hotels to the major tourist attractions, along with accessible restaurant and shopping locations.

Accessible Transportation in Paris
The tourist attractions in Paris are spread out across the city. Consequently, disabled tourists will need to use wheelchair accessible taxis and busses to get around town.
Our disabled travel agents can arrange private accessible transportation to get you around Paris and take you to Versailles. We can also advise you of all the accessible bus lines that disabled tourists should use to travel between the tourist attractions, letting you know exactly where the bus stops are located. If you need a wheelchair accessible taxi, Sage Traveling can arrange for pick-up at Charles de Gaulle airport or Gare du Nord train station, bringing you directly to your hotel.

Accessible Walking, Rolling, and Driving Tours
To experience the best that Paris has to offer, you'll want to have a local guide explaining the history behind the Parisian buildings and neighborhoods. We can provide you with a selection of handicapped accessible tours in Paris to choose from...
- 1 hour 15 minute accessible boat tour on the Seine River
- 2 hour accessible bus tour that shows you all of the major Paris tourist sights
- 4 hour private van tour to drive you around town
- 4 hour private walking tour that concentrates on the Latin Quarter neighborhood, the Marais neighborhood, or the Isle-de-la-Cite neighborhood.

Expert Paris Disabled Travel Advice
Which attractions in Paris are accessible? Which ones should you avoid? Where can you find accessible restaurants? We provide our clients with over 100 pages packed with Paris accessible travel advice so you know exactly what you should do and how to make it happen with ease.

Paris Disabled Accessible Travel Packages:
Our accessible travel agents provide an assortment of packages to choose from to meet your specific accessibility needs and budget. We can provide a package for any length of trip and can adjust the details to meet your individual needs.

For more information on Travel Packages and other info Contact us. We will provide you with a quote for your trip. Sage Traveling experts will answer any remaining questions you have about disabled travel to Paris.

We make your dream accessible vacation in Paris a reality!

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Sage Traveling provides you with Paris Accessible Holiday Packages that give you everything you need to visit Paris with a disability.
Sage Traveling is committed to providing customized accessible holiday travel for our clients. We deal exclusively in disabled travel to Europe and make it our job to understand all the challenges that disabled travelers may encounter and how to overcome them. Sage Traveling offers comprehensive, detailed, and organized disabled travel information on accessible European tourist attractions, hotels, and transportation.
Let our passion for European travel and research take the stress out of planning your European travel and let us customize a hassle-free accessible holiday for you!

April 26, 2012

Wheelchair Sports

Author: Raquel Simons

There are many sports which have recently become adaptable for individuals who are confined to wheelchairs. Individuals who are quadriplegic and paraplegic can continue to participate in sports, win championships and even take home Olympic metals. Wheelchair sports have come a long way, especially in the past few years and almost all sports have become adaptable to wheelchairs. Here explained are some of the most popular wheelchair sports and some not-so-popular (but just as fun) sports which you may not have known about before reading this article.

Basketball, perhaps the most popular wheelchair sport, was the first sport of its kind to be introduced in the 1940's. Wheelchair basketball is a highly developed sport and is practiced both for fun and professionally on elite, competitive levels. There are wheelchair basketball leagues for men, women and children to enjoy.

The most popular form of wheelchair hockey is called sledge hockey. Individuals are placed on a sled with skate blades and use mini sticks as opposed to the larger forms of hockey sticks. Sledge hockey allows disabled individuals to participate in and experience the wonderful game of hockey.

Rugby is one of the more physical, fast-paced wheelchair sports and has the potential to become very intense. The rules differ quite a bit from the actual game of Rugby however the sport has been adapted quite well for disabled individuals.

Wheelchair tennis is also one of the most popular wheelchair sports for disabled individuals to participate in. Wheelchair tennis has the same rules and regulations as normal tennis except that the ball can bounce twice as opposed to just once. This makes it easier to get to the ball. This sport can be adapted to all individuals, regardless of their form of disability.

Other Sports and Activities
There are a number of other sports that are available for individuals with disabilities. Some of the other less-popular (but just as fun) sports and activities include waterskiing, tubing, bowling, billiards and hang gliding.

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Raquel Simons has done a lot of research on wheelchairs and acts as a freelance writer for thewheelchairsite.com - a site that offers information on wheelchairs, lift chairs, wheelchair lifts and more.

Disabled Holidays in Berlin

Author: Sagetraveling

Berlin is one of the best cities in the world for 20th century history, and our Berlin Accessible Holiday Packages make sure that you get to experience all that it has to offer.

Sage Traveling provides you with Berlin Accessible Holiday Packages that give you everything you need to visit Berlin with a disability. Our accessible travel experts have researched accessibility in Berlin first-hand to provide you with a fully accessible Berlin travel experience. This includes an accessible walking tour in Berlin which is one of the most fascinating in all of Europe!

Berlin Disabled Travel Services
The Berlin Disabled Travel Agents at Sage Traveling can provide you with everything you need for an accessible trip to Berlin.

Fully Accessible Hotel Accommodation:
Our disabled travel experts will provide you with an accessible hotel in Berlin and can recommend the most accessible hotel accommodations options in the best neighborhoods. You will be able to choose from hotels in both East Berlin and West Berlin. We have identified the accessible walking/rolling routes and bus routes to get you from each of the hotels to the major tourist attractions and accessible restaurant and shopping locations.

Accessible Transportation in Berlin:
The tourist attractions in Berlin are spread out across the former East Berlin and the former West Berlin. Consequently, disabled tourists will need to use wheelchair accessible taxis and busses to get around town.

Our disabled travel agents can arrange for private accessible transportation to get you around Berlin. We can also advise you of all the accessible bus lines that disabled tourists should use to travel between the tourist attractions and let you know exactly where the bus stops are located. If you need a wheelchair accessible taxi, Sage Traveling can arrange for it to pick you at Berlin Tegel airport, Berlin Schönefeld airport, Berlin Hauptbahnhof train station, or Berlin Ostbahnhof train station to bring you to your hotel.

Accessible Walking and Rolling Guided Tours:
To experience the best that Berlin has to offer, you'll need to have a local guide explain the history behind the buildings and neighborhoods that you visit. We can provide you with a selection of handicapped accessible tours in Berlin to choose from.

Expert Berlin Disabled Travel Advice:
Which attractions in Berlin are accessible? Which should you avoid? How can you get around town in a wheelchair? We provide our clients with expert Berlin accessible travel advice so you know exactly what you should do in Berlin and how to make it happen.

Berlin Disabled Accessible Travel Packages
Our accessible travel agents provide an assortment of packages to choose from to meet your specific accessibility needs and budget. We can provide a package for any length of trip and can adjust the details to meet your individual needs.

For more information on Travel Packages and other info Contact us. We will provide you with a quote for your trip. Sage Traveling experts will answer any remaining questions you have about disabled travel to Berlin.

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Sage Traveling provides you with Berlin Accessible Holiday Packages that give you everything you need to visit Berlin with a disability.
Sage Traveling is committed to providing customized accessible holiday travel for our clients. We deal exclusively in disabled travel to Europe and make it our job to understand all the challenges that disabled travelers may encounter and how to overcome them. Sage Traveling offers comprehensive, detailed, and organized disabled travel information on accessible European tourist attractions, hotels, and transportation.
Let our passion for European travel and research take the stress out of planning your European travel and let us customize a hassle-free accessible holiday for you!

April 25, 2012

About Cerebral Palsy

By Frank Hague

Definition of Cerebral Palsy

Cerebral palsy is a general term describing a group of chronic non-pregressive neurological symptoms which cause impaired control of movement and which are evident in the first few years of life, usually before age 3. The disorders are induced by damage or faulty development of the motor areas in the brain, disrupting the patient's ability to control movement and posture. Symptoms of cerebral palsy include difficulty with fine motor tasks such as writing, poor balance and walking, and involuntary movements. The exact combination of symptoms differs from patient to patient and may vary over time. Some patients also have seizures and intellectual disability, however, this is not always the case. Babies with cerebral palsy are frequently slower than average in achieving developmental milestones like learning to roll over, sit, crawl, smile, or walk. Cerebral palsy is usually thought of as congenital or perinatal, however, it can also be acquired after birth. Many of the causes of cerebral palsy that have been identified through research are preventable or even treatable: head injury, Rh incompatibility, jaundice and rubella (German measles).

Diagnosis of Cerebral Palsy

Doctors diagnose cerebral palsy by tests of motor skills and reflexes and by medical history.

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) and Computerized Tomography (CT) scans are typically ordered when the physician suspects cerebral palsy; howerer, they are not definitive. These tests can provide evidence of physical abnormalities such as hydrocephalus (an accumulation of fluid in the cerebral ventricles of the brain), and they can be utilized to exclude other brain disorders. These scans do not prove that the patient has cerebral palsy; nor do they predict how well a specific patient will function in the future. Patients with normal scans may have severe symptoms, and while others whose scans are clearly abnormal have only modest physical signs. However, as a group, patients with cerebral palsy are statistically more likely to have brain scars, cysts, and other changes visible on scans. When physical examination suggests cerebral palsy, an abnormal scan helps confirms the clinical diagnosis.

Even though specific symptoms can change as time passes, cerebral palsy by definition isn't progressive, so if a patient shows increasing impairment, the problem is usually another neurological disorder.

Varieties of Cerebral Palsy

Cerebral palsy is classified by the type of movement problem (such as spastic or even athetoid cerebral palsy) or by he body parts affected (hemiplegia, diplegia, and quadriplegia). Spasticity refers to the inability of a muscle to relax, while athetosis refers to an inability to control its movement. Babies who are initially hypotonic ("floppy") may later develop spasticity. Hemiplegia is cerebral palsy that involves 1 arm and 1 leg on one side of the body, whereas diplegia is the involvement of both legs. Quadriplegia refers to symptoms involving all 4 extremities as well as trunk and neck muscles. Balance and coordination problems are referred to as ataxia.

For instance, a patient with spastic diplegia has mostly spastic muscle problems of the legs, while perhaps also displaying a smaller component of athetosis and balance problems. The patient with athetoid quadriplegia, on the more hand, would have lack of control of the muscles of both arms and legs, however such a patient will usually have smaller problems with ataxia and spasticity as well. Normally a child with quadriplegic cerebral palsy will be unable to walk independently. The degree of impairment can vary from patient to patient and range from mild to severe.

Cerebral Palsy Therapy

There is no standard therapy that benefits all patients. Drugs are useful to control seizures and muscle cramps and braces can compensate for muscle imbalance. Surgery, mechanical aids to help overcome impairments, counseling for emotional and psychological needs, and physical, occupational, speech, and behavioral therapy are all effective.

Prognosis for Cerebral Palsy

Though cerebral palsy is incurable to date, many patients can enjoy near-normal lives if their neurological symptoms are properly managed.

Medical Research

There is evidence which suggests that cerebral palsy results from incorrect cell development early in prenatal life. As an example, a group of researchers has recently observed that approximately one-third of cerebral palsy patients also have missing enamel on certain teeth. Bleeding inside the brain, breathing and circulation problems and seizures can all cause cerebral palsy and each has separate causes and treatment. Researchers are currently conducting trials to determine whether certain drugs can help halt neonatal stroke, and more investigators are examining the causes of low birth-weight. More studies are being done to determine how brain trauma (like brain damage from a shortage of oxygen or blood flow, bleeding in the brain, and seizures) can cause the release of brain chemicals which lead to premanent brain damage.

Organizations Funding Cerebral Palsy Research & Therapy

Easter Seals, Epilepsy Foundation, March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation, United Cerebral Palsy, National Disability Sports Alliance, Childrens Neurobiological Solutions Foundation, Childrens Hemiplegia and Stroke Foundation.

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Disabled Holidays in London

Author: Sagetraveling

London makes a great introduction to Europe with numerous tourist attractions and excellent accessibility. London's top-notch museums, historical buildings, and theatres can easily fill a two-week accessible holiday in London. Sage Traveling will handle of your accessibility needs to make your vacation a success.

Established 2000 years ago, London is best known as being the home of royalty for over a thousand years. As far tourists are concerned, the city actually consists of two cities: the City of Westminster in the West and the City of London in the East. Many of the tourist attractions including Westminster Abbey, Parliament, the London Eye, and the Cabinet War Rooms are found in or near Westminster. If you only have a few days for your London accessible holiday, concentrate on the Westminster area. The British Museum, the British Library, and several other museums are found further away.

Sage Traveling can provide you with a customized, hassle-free, accessible holiday in London. Sage Traveling experts have done extensive first-hand research on accessibility at London hotels, tourist attractions, and transportation. Sage Traveling will use this extensive accessibility knowledge to create a vacation customized to your individual abilities, energy level, and interests.

London Accessible Trip Planning

Accessible hotel:
Sage Traveling experts have researched several wheelchair accessible hotels located in London including near Westminster, Convent Garden, and Trafalgar Square. You will be provided with a hotel that meets your accessibility needs (for example, roll-in shower or bathtub with grab bars). You will have your preference on type of hotel (3, 4, or 5 star). We will send you descriptions and prices of all hotels meeting your criteria and allow you to choose. We will provide you descriptions of accessible hotels to choose from, and we will make the reservation for you.

Accessibility information on tourist attractions:
You will receive detailed accessibility information for all of the major tourist attractions including the British Museum, Westminster Abbey, the National Gallery, St. Paul's Cathedral, Buckingham Palace, the Cabinet War Rooms, the London Eye, the Imperial War Museum, Parliament, and more.
You will be provided with a detailed accessibility description of all the major tourist attractions.

The description will include:
- the location of an accessible entrance
- an accessiblity description of the toilet
- an estimate of how much of the attraction is accessible to your mobility needs
- the opening and closing times
- the price of admission

Sage Traveling will provide you with accessible transportation options for you to choose from. London has an excellent system of accessible busses and taxis for you to use. Sage Traveling will provide you with maps of accessible bus lines and suggestions about which lines to use to get to each tourist sight. We can arrange for an accessible van if you need one during your accessible holiday in London.

Daily itinerary:
A customized accessible itinerary will be created for each day of your trip.

We will take into account:
- Your energy level and mobility needs
- Proximity of sights to each other
- Which days the attraction is closed
- Your interests (e.g. art, history, architecture, shopping, dining, spas, etc…)

The itinerary for each day will provide you with:
- Information about tourist sight accessibility
- Details about moving between sights (providing you with public transportation options and walking/rolling distances so you can decide)
- Flexibility and alternatives in case of bad weather, getting tired of museums, etc…

Prices vary depending on the hotel, transportation, tours, and dates that you choose. We can design a package for any length of trip.

For more information on Travel Packages and other info Contact us. We will provide you with a quote for your trip. Sage Traveling experts will answer any remaining questions you have about disabled travel to London.

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Sage Traveling provides you with London Accessible Travel Packages that give you everything you need to visit London with a disability.
Sage Traveling is committed to providing customized accessible holiday travel for our clients. We deal exclusively in disabled travel to Europe and make it our job to understand all the challenges that disabled travelers may encounter and how to overcome them. Sage Traveling offers comprehensive, detailed, and organized disabled travel information on accessible European tourist attractions, hotels, and transportation.
Let our passion for European travel and research take the stress out of planning your European travel and let us customize a hassle-free accessible holiday for you!

April 20, 2012

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Portable Wheelchair Ramps - What You Should Keep in Mind Before Spending a Single Dime

Author: Chris West

Choosing the right type of portable wheelchair ramp that best suits you is important for reasons of comfort, enhanced mobility and practicability. There are various factors that you must consider such as: the material that the ramp is constructed of, the ease of installation, and even the cost involved when choosing to buy a portable wheelchair ramp. And although there are already established and mandatory measurements and procedures for the construction of the permanent and semi-permanent ramps, this is not always the case of the portable kind since their most important feature is their flexibility and ability to adapt to all sorts of environments.

This means that there are rarely any standard size portable wheelchair ramps on the market today; because of this each one you buy may vary slightly from model and/or manufacturer. One of the most important factors that you should consider before even considering installing a ramp however is your body size and weight as this will determine the carrying capacity of the ramp. Most ramps will accommodate individuals who are up to 400lbs. For those over this weight limit, you must make sure that the wheelchair ramp that you purchase has the ability to handle the extra weight.

Even if you are using a power wheelchair it is important that the wheelchair ramp that you get is easy to install. This is especially true for users who travel in their wheelchairs unaccompanied and thus will require ramps that are easy enough for a single person to set up with little or no help at all. Suitable ramps in those cases are those that are light in weight, portable, and can be carried around with minimal strain. For this reason, aluminum wheelchair ramps are better than steel ramps because aluminum is the lighter one of these two metals. The flexibility of the ramp is another important consideration; flexibility means that it not only offers ease of use and storage but is applicable in as many settings as possible. Remember portability is the name of the game. Furthermore you need to consider, the activities that one is involved in on a day to day basis which should determine the functional applications of the wheelchair ramp that you decide to purchase.

As far actual prices of wheelchair ramps, they can be quite costly especially with regard to its uses. Those that can be used in all types of settings even in icy landscapes are costlier than those than are used for limited purposes such as mobility in the house, into a car and other commercial buildings. It is however possible to get portable wheelchair ramps at discounted prices from charity organizations and local stores if you look hard enough.

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April 19, 2012

The Medical Motor Coach Transport Process Explained

Author: Molly Castelazo

For patients who are stable and aren't in need of emergency transportation via airambulance, medical transport via motor coach might be a good option. Transport via a medically equipped motor coach is often more comfortable and less expensive than traveling via an air ambulance or even commercial air medical assistant . Since most people aren't familiar with the idea of traveling on a medically equipped coach, I thought I'd outline the steps in a typical motor coach transport.

Step 1: The coach, driver(s), and medical crew arrive at the departing facility
MedFlight911 provides bedside-to-bedside service on most of our transports. That means that our medical crew (which typically consists of a nurse and/or a paramedic) is with the patient from the moment they leave the departing facility to when they arrive at the receiving facility. When the driver(s) and the medical crew first arrive at the departing facility, they'll spend a few minutes getting to know the patient and any accompanying family members and answering their questions. That way, everyone is comfortable and informed before we begin the trip.

Step 2: We transfer the patient to the medical motor coach
Our crew will use a wheelchair or stretcher to transfer the patient to the medically equipped coach, where they'll either travel in a bed in the motor coach stateroom or in one of the passenger chairs (the final decision about seating arrangements is up to the medical crew). We'll also stow any luggage in the coach's storage compartments and demonstrate all the features and functions of the coach to any passengers who will be travelling with the patient.

Step 3: We get on the road
Once the journey begins, the MedFlight911 medical crew is completely focused on caring for the patient. Our motor coaches are comfortable and spacious, and the patient and passengers are free to sit back, relax, and enjoy the scenery along the way to their destination. During longer trips, we'll stop to pick up catered meal(s), and snacks and drinks will be available on the motor coach. If it's a long trip, there will be two drivers to switch off, so that we can get you to your destination as quickly as possible (without having to stop for the driver to rest).

Step 4: We arrive at the receiving facility
When we reach our ultimate destination, our medical crew will transfer the patient from the medical motor coach to the receiving facility and unload any baggage. The MedFlight911 crew will then make sure the patient is comfortably settled in the new location and communicate with the staff at the receiving facility to let them know about any concerns or issues regarding the patient.

Medical motor coach transportation may be a good option if you need non-emergency medical transport. You can find out more about MedFlight911's medical transport services by giving us a call at 888-359-1911 or get a no-obligation medical transport quote here.

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MedFlight911 is a worldwide air ambulance service dedicated to providing the most professional and compassionate care possible. With more than 30 years of air medical transport experience and highly-trained medical crews, we make the process simple, easy and worry-free.

April 17, 2012

Wheelchair Access, Handicapped, People With Disability, Aged and Slow Movers Tours and Safaris in Kenya, East Africa

Author: Victoria Safaris

By James Asudi
Travel and tourism is a social right which concerns every human being . However, it is estimated that over 500 million disabled people in the world do not take holidays. For those with some form of disability, many of the existing tourism offers are not easily accessible. we at victoria safaris have recognized that disability is not inability to tourism.

Demand for accessible tourism offers is growing, and the tourism industry is starting to recognize that tourists with disabilities form an important consumer group. Victoria Safaris specializes in arranging tours for the physically impaired, blind and the deaf in the community. We book our disabled clients in the hotels in kenya which has facilities for the disabled in society. we avail the use of professional nurses during the escorted tours of the game parks, Boating on Lake Victoria, Birding, cultural tours etc. for the physically impaired.

For the blind, we encourage that they come along with their close family members and for the married, their spouses on our tours . These can help in explaining for them the sceneries and offer comfort. Blind Students should be accompanied by their tutors. The deaf can be provided with the translators during escorted tours both in the wild and on water. Please note that these tours are usually tailor made two months before the tour departure date.

A safari in Africa is both internal and external and one that overcomes the inherent disability in the person. More importantly, life takes on a new meaning, and the safari itself gives pride in accomplishment, and encourages you to take on new adventures and challenges, thus, helping to overcome fear. Victoria Safaris have successfully handled adventures for wheelchair travelers, small groups and slow walkers. Our personally escorted tours reflect a particular fondness for continued learning and cultural intrigue. Our experience and commitment to specialty travel allows us to design travel programs that harmonize unique needs and individual capabilities. Choose any tour from the special interest or adventure tours offered, and this will be designed to suit your pace, special medical needs and care. Be it a trek to the Source of the River Nile, or an overland Maasai Mara safari, Victoria safaris caters to special needs for people with special disabilities.

Travel and tourism is a social right which concerns every human being. However, it is estimated that over 500 million disabled people in the world do not take holidays. For those with some form of disability, many of the existing tourism offers are not easily accessible. We at Victoria Safaris have recognized that disability is not inability to tourism. As a means of contribution to world tourism, we at Victoria safaris have developed itineraries which favor the disabled in society. The disabled of any nature requires at one particular time in life to be given an opportunity to visit a different environment from the normally inhabited atmosphere. With this in mind, we customize tours for individuals who are disabled in society to visit wildlife game in Maasai Mara, beaches, Lake Victoria and other tourist sites in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania.

Who are people with disabilities?
When many of us think of disabilities, the first image that may come to mind is that of someone using a wheelchair. Although an important segment of the disabled population, Individuals who use a wheelchair for mobility represent only one segment of those individuals with disabilities. There are a wide range of disabled individuals who may wish to participate in international programs and tourism.

Below you will find a list of the major types of disabilities;
  • * Deaf and Hard of Hearing
  • * Vision Impairments
  • * Mobility Disabilities
  • * Psychiatric Disabilities
  • * Learning Disabilities
  • * Attention Deficit Disorder
  • * Systemic Disabilities
  • * Brain Injuries
Demand for Safaris and Tours
Demand for disability tourism offers is growing, and the tourism industry is starting to recognize that tourists with disabilities form an important consumer group. Victoria Safaris specializes in arranging tours for the physically impaired, blind and the deaf in the community. We know wheelchair travel and we know it first hand.

We book our disabled clients in the hotels in Kenya which have facilities for the disabled in society. We avail the use of professional nurses during the escorted tours of the game parks, boating on Lake Victoria, Birding, cultural tours etc. for the physically impaired.

Wheelchair Users and Slow Walkers - Safaris and Tours
We are familiar with the needs of varying mobility impairments and we will do everything possible to accommodate your particular needs. Wheelchair travel and tours in the wildlife sanctuaries, sports events, Eco-tours and at the Kenya coast beaches have been our favorable itineraries. These included mature travelers, slow walkers, wheelchair travelers, their families and their friends.

Victoria Safaris Disability Travel Resources include;
Disability, Handicap, Group Wheelchair Access Tour Planning, Individual wheelchair and family Tours, Disability Educational Tours, Corporate individual disability Tours, Old women and men physically impaired tours of Maasai Mara Migration and Disability hotel bookings in Kenya.

The blind - Tours and Safaris
We encourage that they come along with their close family members and for the married, their spouses on our tours. These can help in explaining for them the sceneries and offer comfort. Blind Students should be accompanied by their tutors.

The deaf - Tours and Safaris
The Deaf can be provided with the translators during escorted tours both in the wilderness, Kenya coast and on Lake Victoria waters. Victoria safaris provide round the clock escorts to help with life\'s little problems.

People with Disability, Handicap, Group Wheelchair Access tours and safaris in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania
We can assist you in planning your own tour package! Just let us know where and when you would like to travel and we would be happy to assist you in planning a wonderful vacation for yourself as an individual or as a group!

Please note that these tours are usually tailor-made two months before the tour departure date. This gives us time to adjust our accommodation facilities to favor the nature of our client's disability which include the adjustment of the tour van seats and sitting arrangements, bookings in suitable hotels and lodges, allocation of suitable staff to handle the clients' needs such as the hiring of the wheel chairs, escorting personnel, nursing staff and sign language guides.

Each tour is personalized to suit each guests taking into account their disability, which is why no prices are listed, as each disability is different so each tour cost changes with special requests and the guests 'wish list'.

If you are as passionate about travel and feel you can take it on, allow Victoria Safaris to help you explore this world of opportunity and fulfillment.


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About the Author
James Asudi is the CEO of Victoria Safaris, a tour operator company based in Nairobi - Kenya offering Niche safaris,wildlife tours, Mountain Climbing, Beach holidays, Gorilla Tracking, River Nile Water Rafting, Maasai Mara Migration Safaris, Serengeti, Ngorongoro and Northern Tanzania Safaris,Lake victoria tours, Kogelo tours and Safaris, Slum tours in kenya,Disability tours in Kenya,Care Hire in kenya, Fishing and boating inside Lake victoria and cultural and community based tours and safaris in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania including pemba and Zanzibar.

April 16, 2012

Wheelchair And Scooter Vehicle Lifts

Author: Devin Dozier

Do you have limited mobility? Maybe a family member does. Freedom is very important to everyone. It is not fair for someone to miss out, due to a disability. Whenever the family goes places, everyone should be able to go. Wheelchair and scooter vehicle lifts make this possible. Someone that is disabled can lead a more active lifestyle. They can have more fun and enjoy themselves. Here are some of the products to consider.

Your chair lift may need professional installation. This will depend a great deal on what you drive. When you go to a professional, they will help you decide. It is their business to give you the best product for your money. You can sit down with them and explain the situation. This way, you can have the most convenient method for lifting and transporting.

Tail lift
Do you have a hatch back van or SUV? This lift will utilize the entire back area. You will need to remove the back seat.
Side lift
Do you have a van with side doors? You may consider side lift mechanisms. You may need to give up all or half of your mid row seats.

Truck lift
These devices can be from the side or the back. They are very handy for handicapped drivers. The side lift can get the driver into his or her seat. It will then lift the chair into the bed of the truck. You may want to have some type of automatic bed cover. This will protect the chair from rain and snow.

Hitch lift
The hitch lift will fit many cars, vans, and trucks. These lifting devices mount on the trailer hitch of the vehicle. Some of them will swing out to allow access to the back of the vehicle. You will need to consult with a professional to determine the load carrying ability. You vehicle may handle differently also. You may need to allow for that in your driving.

Do you have mobility issues? Maybe someone in the family does? Wheelchair and scooter vehicle lifts can give you the freedom that you desire. You can go places and see things with everyone else. The type of lift will be determined by your needs. Make sure that you consult with a professional about the installation.

Article Source: http://www.articlesbase.com/disabilities-articles/wheelchair-and-scooter-vehicle-lifts-2625940.html

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Devin Dozier offers more information about Wheelchair And Scooter Vehicle Lifts at Handicap Mobility Lifts. Also visit: Lifes Cure.


April 15, 2012

What Driver Adaptations Can Be Installed In Wheelchair Accessible Cars?

Author: John k. Taylor

Modern wheelchair accessible cars or cars for disabled not only include ramps or lifts to aid entry into the car, chair restraints, lower floors for increased space and configurable seats, but also features to make driving the car possible for mobility challenged people. Many driver adaptations can be installed on a wheelchair accessible cars to make driving as safe and enjoyable as possible, including:
  • Customised Steering Wheels: The wheelchair restricted passenger may require a variety of customised features on the steering wheels on their cars. These include extra grip, steering wheel knobs, customised indicator, lights and horn controls. All driving controls on a car for disabled must be within easy reach of the driver. Often, lighter steering is also required to make driving as comfortable as possible.
  • Hand Controls: Often the wheelchair restricted driver is not able to operate the accelerator or brake with their feet in the regular manner. Wheelchair accessible vehicles are therefore generally fitted with controls which allow the car to be driven solely with the hands.
  • Adapted Controls: Driving usually requires the driver to use every one of their limbs to operate the car. Wheelchair restricted drivers, however, are not able to drive in this all encompassing way. Disabled cars feature many adaptations which allow those with physical disabilities to drive without putting undue strain on their bodies. These adaptations can include an alternate placement of gear sticks, hand brakes and ignition locks.
  • Minor adaptations: For drivers with only minimal physical disabilities there are many small adaptations that can be made on cars for disabled to facilitate driving. These include the shifting of accelerators or brakes when use of one leg is restricted. Implementing minor adaptations in disabled cars ensures that a higher level of mobility is encouraged in those drivers that are able, producing a more natural driving experience.
  • Safety Belts: Wheelchair accessible cars require a greater level of safety features than most vehicles. Wheelchairs need to be securely locked to the floor of the car, and both the driver and mobility challenged passengers need effective seat belts. In some cases, specialised safety belts and harnesses are necessary for extra safety. The driver's seat in a wheelchair accessible vehicle, whether it is a wheelchair locked into place or an ergonomically designed permanent seat, needs to include all the restraints necessary for comfort and safety.
This is only a small selection of the many driver adaptations available for wheelchair accessible cars. When considering driver adaptations for your own vehicle, make sure that each feature adheres to your personal needs.

Article Source: http://www.articlesbase.com/disabilities-articles/what-driver-adaptations-can-be-installed-in-wheelchair-accessible-cars-5073218.html

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Do you need to install wheelchair lift in your vehicle; then it is the simple way to convert your vehicles into wheelchair accessible vehicles. Capital Special Vehicle is the place where you can find the professional solutions for you wheelchair accessible cars, wheelchair vans and vehicles.

Accessibility For Disabled Tourists In Prague

Author: Michael Thornton

Prague, famous as ‘City of Hundred Spires' is indeed rich with magnificent views of rivers, bridges, castles, churches and houses with red roof-tops. Everyone should visit Prague at least ones in a life time.

As Prague is seeing the thriving industry of tourism, and the number of tourists from around the world is increasing, the city is striving hard to adapt itself to every need of the tourist in the city. The accessibility of public transport is improving targeting the needs of disabled passengers. Around 50 percent of Prague metro stations are accessible by wheelchair and some train stations have self-operating lifts. Though the old trams and buses do not have wheelchair access, the newer ones with wheelchair access are slowly being introduced.

The city has several options of transport for its disabled guests as well. Prague is committed to help wheelchair and baby-buggy users wherever possible. Though the streets in Prague are cobbled and little difficult to walk on, most of the tourist attractions are in close proximity of each other and this is quite an advantage for the disabled tourists in Prague. IN addition to that, many Prague sights and attractions are accessible by wheelchairs and with little extra efforts, wheelchair users can overcome the difficulties if any for sure and enjoy the beauty of this scenic city and its attractions.

Choose any of the Prague hotels that are disabled friendly. The hotels located in New Town area are ideal for disabled tourists as roads are more even and the area has international shops and several of entertainment options. Some hotels, restaurants and cafes are located at street level, while some have lifts to cellar restaurants and roof terraces. Most Prague opera houses & concert halls offer wheelchair access while very few theatres are disabled friendly. When it comes to river cruises, one has to access the quay side via a ramp. More than 90 percent of vessels in Prague accommodate wheelchairs but lack disabled toilets onboard. This is the main challenge wheelchair users have to face while onboard and in the city of Prague as most of the buildings in the city are old and not designed for the disabled people.

Here are some of the places you can choose and plan your Prague holidays. These sightseeing tours are wheelchair friendly. Opt for the Prague Dinner River Cruise & City Tour, Karlovy Vary, Terezin, Czech Folk Night and the Medieval Experience. If you are accompanied by a friend, relative or a care-giver, no other holiday destination will please you as this fairy-tale city does!

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This piece of writing will provide brief details on various reasons to visit Prague anytime. Search flights to Prague that proffer a comfortable journey to the city.

April 13, 2012

Viewpoint Supports Accessible Taxis With 2012 Model Launch

NEW YORK - TLC Approves 2012 Rear-Entry Taxis to Enter NYC Market. Viewpoint Mobility, in collaboration with The Braun Corporation, announced the approval of its 2012 vehicle conversions in New York City taxi fleets.

April 12, 2012

Tex's LNB Taxi now offers Handicapped Mobilty Scooter Transportation & Designated Driver Services

TEXAS - Tex's LNB Taxi now offers Handicapped Mobilty Scooter Transportation & Designated Driver Services. Take you scooter with you! Be safe with Designated Driver service takes you to & from your destination! Do not drive drunk!

April 11, 2012

Considering Disabled Travellers - Is Your Property Wheelchair Friendly?

Author: Paul

Disabled Holiday AccommodationHere you can find out what constitutes holiday properties that are suitable, or have been specifically adapted to suit, and can cater for disabled holidaymakers who are seeking to travel worldwide using self-catering style accommodation.

There could be numerous obstacles facing individual disabled holidaymakers or those who may be travelling with their family, partners or friends, especially if they are considering a property rental, self-catering or B & B style holiday.

Just ask yourself these questions:

Q: How can disabled people possibly undertake such a trip without ensuring that some or all of their specific needs will be met?
Answer: They probably can't and won't!

Q: How can I ensure that disabled people can enjoy a holiday at my property?
Answer: Carry on reading below.

Make your Rental Property suitable for Disabled Holidaymakers

1) All property owners wishing to advertise to potential holidaymakers, whether partially disabled, wheelchair users or a family with an infirmed relative, are recommended to study the following HRC guidelines listed below.

2) Create or provide a detailed list of any designs, improvements and /or adaptations that have been made to your property and explain this clearly in your ‘Facilities Details' section. Each item needs to be safe, secure and ‘disabled friendly' for your property to be considered by the end user.

3) Those property owners who can demonstrate with total accuracy that their property is specifically suitable for wheelchair users and other disabled or infirmed persons, will be exposed to a wider choice of potential renters and better placed to succeed with their holiday bookings, therefore maximising their rental income.

4) Carry out your own research on the web and check to see if your precise property details qualify for a particular ‘logo'. There are many websites offering contacts, help and information for all types of disabled holidaymakers and their families.

For an example, disabledgo.info will show a list of 16 symbols that represent some of the requirements that are needed or need to be met by a variety of providers in the UK. These include all sorts of premises, such as shops, businesses and more established accommodation, like hotels and restaurants etc. This can help you with determining if your property is suitable or if it is located near to amenities that are suitable.

Start by describing the access and facilities from the moment a holidaymaker arrives at or near to the property and include all relevant the information including:

·        Location - Arriving & parking
·        Entrance - Access  to the front of the property – level, sloping or stepped
·        Entrance - Access to side and /or rear entrance to the property from the arrival point.
·        Entrance and internal door widths
·        Patio pool and garden - Access from inside the property
·        Bath /Shower Rooms - describe sanitary ware and if wheelchair access is available
·        W C's - describe sanitary ware and if wheelchair access is available
·        Stairs – describe access to any additional floors via lifts or stair-lift
·        Emergency Exits – describe these routes and or procedures in detail.
·        General – Describe the layout and general ‘mobility' of the property.


It would be a good idea to conclude by giving an ‘overview' of your holiday rental property and describing the general layout and ‘mobility features' as you see and know them. Be clear and precise about how disabled friendly your property is, and explain about any interesting places or tourist attractions nearby that are worth a visit. Any restaurants, theatres, art galleries, museums, sightseeing attractions and children's amusements will all have advertising literature freely available for you to leave for your guests in the property.

Explain precisely about the parking and entrance arrangements, if wheelchair access and toilet facilities are suitable or if alternative facilities are better nearby.

Include and display in your property, any positive detailed information that is available from the relevant attraction owners or ti tourist information centres that are nearest to your property.

Article Source: http://www.articlesbase.com/travel-tips-articles/considering-disabled-travellers-is-your-property-wheelchair-friendly-3052866.html

About the Author
Paul is a travel writer and is keen to improve awareness for better self catering disabled holiday accommodation, during his travels for both business and pleasure throughout Europe and middle east and also manages a number of holiday rentals worldwide.


April 10, 2012

Exploring Hawaii by Wheelchair

Author: Lucien Mays

Cruising is a popular vacation choice for wheelchair-users and slow walkers, however some cruise destinations are just more accessible than others. Take Hawaii for example. For starters it's located in the US, so shore tour operators are bound by US access laws. Granted, not every shore excursion is wheelchair-accessible; however you'll find more accessible transportation options in Hawaii than you will in the Caribbean or Mexico.

Of course, it goes without saying that as an island state, Hawaii is perfectly suited for cruises. Perhaps that's why Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) has two NCL America ships stationed there; the Pride of Aloha and the Pride of America.

The Pride of Aloha first entered service as the Norwegian Sky in 1999, but was retrofitted and reflagged in 2004. It features six accessible inside staterooms located near the elevators on Decks 8 and 9. The larger Pride of America was launched in 2005, and includes 22 wheelchair-accessible staterooms in a variety of configurations. The accessible staterooms on both ships feature wide doorways, level thresholds and bathrooms with a roll-in shower, a fold-down shower seat, a hand-held shower head, grab bars in the shower and around the toilet and a roll-under sink.

Because these vessels are registered in the US, they aren't required to call on foreign ports (such as Ensenada of Fanning Island) while they cruise the Hawaiian islands. This result in a true all-Hawaii itinerary, with more time ashore, including overnight stops on two islands. This is especially good news for wheelchair-users and slow walkers; because with more time in port, there's no need to rush. Passengers can relax and take things at their own pace, yet still have plenty of time to see the sights.

Both vessels sail seven-day Hawaiian Island cruises from Honolulu; and as far as shore excursions go, there is at least one accessible NCL shore excursion in every port. And thanks to NCL's 2004 acquisition of Polynesian Adventure Tours, all accessible shore excursions feature lift-equipped transportation.

If you'd like to set out on your own, Hilo Hattie has free accessible shopping shuttles at all the ports and Wheelchair Getaways has adapted rental vans available on Maui, the Big Island and Oahu. Additionally, the major rental car agencies can provide vehicles with hand controls with 48-hours notice.

Here's a port-by-port rundown of some accessible sightseeing suggestions.

Nawiliwili, Kauai
Waimea Canyon is a must while on Kauai. The most accessible place to view the canyon is at the Waimea Canyon Lookout. Although there are stairs to the top of the lookout, there is also a cement path with numerous switchbacks, just to the right of the stairs. The path is 38-inches wide so you do have to mindful of oncoming traffic, but at the top you\'ll be rewarded with a spectacular view of the canyon.

Kona, Hawaii
Kona is the only tender port on the itinerary. According to NCL's official policy, wheelchair-users must use a manual wheelchair in order to tender, so this a good port for power wheelchair-users to stay aboard and enjoy the ship. Those that do venture ashore will find lots of shops and restaurants around the port, most of which feature a level entry.

Hilo, Hawaii
Volcanoes National Park is a must-see while in Hilo, and you can do this on your own or on a NCL shore excursion. Your first stop in the park should be the Kilauea Visitors Center, which includes a number of interpretive exhibits. The Volcano Art Center, located behind the visitors center, is also worth a visit.

For a great view, take the Earthquake Trail to the left of the hotel. This wide paved trail was a vehicle road until a November 1983 eruption closed it to traffic. At the end of the trail, you'll find a few picnic tables along with a spectacular view of the crater.

Kahului, Maui
A great way to really see the island is from the air, and Sunshine Helicopters offers a number of accessible flightseeing tours. Wheelchair-users are transferred to a portable lift to board the helicopter, and then transferred to the helicopter seat for the tour. Other Maui attractions that offer good wheelchair access include Maui Ocean Center, Maui Tropical Plantation and the Sugar Cane Train.

And if you'd prefer to have some fun in the water, then check out Lahaina Divers or Ron Bass's Kayaking Adventures. Lahaina Divers operates a variety of dive trips on their wheelchair-accessible Dominion while Ron provides kayaking instruction to wheelchair-users. Either option makes for a fun day on a beautiful island.

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