National Spinal Cord Injury Association Resource Center
Travel After Spinal Cord Injury
Arranging travel is a fairly straight-forward process
for non-disabled individuals. Most people contact a
travel agency, choose a destination and hope that their
baggage and the sun follow them.
For the traveler with a spinal cord injury (SCI), or
other disability, there is much more to consider when
planning a trip. Anxiety about air-travel, the
accessibility of accommodations and transportation and
attitudinal barriers can be extra "baggage" for
the novice traveler with SCI. With proper planning, these
issues can be minimized, and often avoided.
The purpose of this factsheet is to
assist people with SCI to travel with greater ease and
comfort. It provides useful travel tips, an overview of
applicable laws and a listing of up-to-date resources.
For a complete text of this fact sheet,
NSCIA gratefully acknowledges Ken
MacDonald, Lorri McGarvey and Joe Regan for preparation
of this factsheet. This factsheet is offered as an
information service and is not intended to cover all
services available, nor is it an endorsement of the
agencies listed. Any information you may have to offer to
further update this factsheet would be greatly
appreciated. The National Spinal Cord Injury Association
Resource Center (NSCIRC) provides information and
referral on any subject related to spinal cord injury.
Contact the resource center at 1-800-962-9629.
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