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Enabling the Disabled

Specialist Holidays Whatever your Mobility

Removing the mobility barriers that people face abroad has become a focus for companies providing disabled holidays. It means that holidaymakers with accessibility issues can now book bargain breaks to more destinations than ever across the globe.

In British Law, the Equality Act was brought in to prevent people from being discriminated against by making new buildings accessible and giving disabled students and employees certain rights when they are at school and the workplace. Although these measures may reassure you about travelling within the UK, you might not feel the same confidence if you're thinking about taking an international trip. With government figures1 estimating that there are more than 10.6 million disabled people in the UK, the number of people wanting to jet off overseas on discount disabled holidays potentially creates a huge market. Fortunately holiday providers have recognised this growing trend, and have introduced wheelchair-friendly policies and other facilities for disabled holidaymakers.

Getting There, Away and Around

Taking a trip might feel like an intimidating prospect when it could be difficult for you to see clearly or walk unaided. But booking the right kind of holiday could see you get the assistance you require to travel confidently, even from when you first arrive at the airport. Special assistance from holiday providers such as Thomas Cook means that you can take advantage of advice and pre-bookable services that meet your specific needs, to make your plane journey, transfers and accommodation comfortable and enjoyable. For example, firms can make sure your room has wheel-in showers and bath hoists and that transfers get you to your hotel with ease.

Sun, Cities, and Activities

The knowledge that your holiday provider can help you get to your destination means your time is freed up to enjoy the best thing about cheap holidays – deciding where you'd like to go! Maybe you fancy sunning yourself on a Mediterranean cruise or visiting some of the well-known nightclubs on the Balearic Islands? Turkey is a great location as it combines beach breaks with a rich culture, along with a mix of entertainments and meal options, while Florida offers large stretches of sandy beaches and a warm US welcome. Perhaps you'd like to look across Paris from one of the disabled access platforms in the Eiffel Tower or take in Barcelona's vibrant al fresco dining scene?As well as choosing where you'd like to go, don't forget to ask holiday providers about activities that are available on cheap disabled holidays. Adaptive skiing has opened up ski resorts for disabled people, but if you'd like to try some water sports then see if your resort provides adrenalin-fuelled fun, such as kite surfing and buggy kiting.

1 odi.dwp.gov.uk/docs/res/factsheets/disability-prevalence.doc

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