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Forward Mid aims to raise the awareness of challenges and opportunities which exist for disabled people both locally and nationally.

By sharing information on issues that affect disabled people.

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By working in partnership with public and private sector organisation’s in representing the interests of disabled people.

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Midlothian's Buses

Forward Mid works with Midlothian Council Travel Team and local bus companies to bring you the best suggestions for travelling around in Midlothian and further afield


Bus Tracker


Lothian Buses was the first operator to invest in the on-bus equipment and for years Bustracker has only given details of Lothian Buses’ services. SEStran, the Regional Transport Partnership for South-East Scotland, has funded an expansion of Bustracker equipment for other operators and in future we expect to see the system expand to embrace these other bus operators. You can also follow Lothian Buses on Facebook Facebook logo and Twitter Twitter logo. The collected data is processed at the control centre in Edinburgh and is then made available to the public in three different ways:-

  1. 1. Bustracker pole-mounted units at selected bus stops. These have been a feature right across Edinburgh for many years. About 40 units were erected in Midlothian nearly ten years ago. The units usually display the next two departures for each service, and give the service number, the final destination and the number of minutes until the bus is expected to arrive. A bus display showing “DUE” is expected to arrive within the next two minutes. In the early morning you may see “SERVICE NOT STARTED” – this means that the first bus of the day is not due for more than one hour. After the last bus of the day has left, “SERVICE FINISHED” will be displayed.
  2. 2. logo for Sestran  MidlothianBustracker on the web – visit www.mybustracker.co.uk and you can check real-time departures at your stop, check bus stop locations and see full bus timetables.
  3. 3. App's are now the main way of reaching information from a mobile phone Bustracker on your mobile or tablet – These app's can be found in the Mac App store other apps available, or the Google Play store other app's available, also in the Microsoft Store.

Information from Lothian Buses


Lothian Buses want to make traveling on every Lothian buses easier for everyone, including passengers with disabilities and those with young children and foldable buggies. Since 2000, Lothian Buses have introduced easy access buses across our network and are now happy to announce that all Lothian buses are easy access.


This means Lothian buses feature:

  • Low entrances that can “kneel” to kerb height to give step free access where possible
  • Retractable boarding ramp for wheelchair access
  • Completely flat areas on the lower deck (no internal steps to worry about)
  • High visibility handrails
  • A dedicated wheelchair space

Lothian Bus drivers are specially trained to help you enjoy the full benefit of our buses.


Wheelchair Users


Upon boarding a Lothian bus inform the driver of the stop you wish to get off so the bus can stop at the correct point for the ramps to extend, The driver may advise that this stop is suitable as the pavement may not be wide enough, the driver has assisted in wheelchair access many times and the advise is usually accurate.


After boarding one of our buses please ensure you:

  • Park the wheelchair in the dedicated space with the back of the wheelchair facing the front of the bus
  • Apply the brake
  • The driver will wait until this is done before moving the bus
  • When you are ready to leave the bus, ring the bell so that the driver knows you wish to leave at the next bus stop then wait until the bus has reached a complete stop before alighting

Other Users:


If there is no wheelchair user on the bus, other passengers or one unfolded buggy may occupy the wheelchair space. Please note that wheelchair users have priority over everyone else for use of the wheelchair space, since this is the only space in which they can travel safely. Whenever the space is required by a wheelchair user, other passengers must move to make it available, and any buggies must be folded and stored safely elsewhere.

Lothian Buses 60 new standard Lothian Buses double deck vehicles also have a wheelchair and buggy space (buses from 2011).
In the event of a bus breakdown a replacement bus may not have a buggy space.


For everyone’s comfort and safety, we are unable to accommodate electric scooters, prams or any mobility/toddler transport device that is not foldable on our buses. By “foldable” it is meant collapsible as a single unit and therefore not of the type which can be dismantled into a wheeled frame with one or more other separate elements. If in doubt, the driver will tell you if you are unable to travel safely on our buses.


For those who need that extra help to make their journey, the SEStran Thistle Assistance Card is available to help anyone who has difficulty in using public transport because of age, disability or illness. It's free and is available at all our Travelshops and Park & Ride sites as well as a range of outlets across South East Scotland, including; local authorities, bus operators, GP surgeries and Health Centre's. www.sestran.gov.uk.


Information from Borders Buses

As part of our commitment to providing accessible travel for wheelchair users virtually all our buses have a dedicated area for wheelchair users; other passengers are asked to give up the space for wheelchairs.

  • When your low floor bus arrives at the bus stop you can ask the driver to lower the step and/or ramp to allow you to board
  • Please ask the driver for assistance if you require any help. If the bus is full or there is already a wheelchair user on board unfortunately we will not be able to carry another wheelchair user
  • You should reverse your wheelchair into the dedicated area on board (so you are facing the back of the vehicle) and apply the brakes
  • Aisles and gangways must be kept clear at all times.

The SEStran Thistle Card Scheme


The SEStran Thistle Assistance Card is available to help anyone who has difficulty in using public transport because of age, disability or illness. www.sestran.gov.uk


The SEStran Thistle card is designed to make using public transport easier for older people or those with disabilities or illness. The card, which is supported by a wide variety of voluntary organisation in South East Scotland and by most bus operators, is credit-card sized and comes with a supply of peel-off stickers, which advise the driver of your disability and the help you need in an easy-to-read format.


Sestran Thistle cardThe SEStran cards are available from:

  • Midlothian libraries at Dalkeith, Danderhall, Gorebridge, Lasswade, Loanhead, Mayfield, Newtongrange, Penicuik, Roslin
  • Midlothian Council offices – Fairfield and Midlothian Houses in Dalkeith,Rosewell Development Trust
  • Sheriffhall Park and Ride terminal
  • Midlothian Community Hospital
  • Health Centres at Pathhead and Penicuik
  • Midlothian Voluntary Action, 4-6 White Hart St, Dalkeith

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Trains

The Borders Railway


Train coming into Gorebridge stationIt has been over half a century since there has been a working railway in Midlothian to Edinburgh or the Scottish Borders.


The railway operates a half hourly service between Tweedbank and Edinburgh Waverley. If you travel to Edinburgh you will find connections to the rest of the rail network.


Tickets can be bought in advance from www.scotrail.co.uk, by calling the ScotRail Telesales team on 0344 811 0141 between 0700 and 2200, seven days a week.


Disabled Assistance If you would benefit from a little extra help when using the trains, you can arrange disabled assistance by advising ScotRail at least 24 hours in advance by:

  • Calling 0800 912 2901
  • Calling Textphone 18001 0800 912 2901 if you are hard of hearing
  • Completing an online assistance request form on www.scotrail.co.uk/form/assisted-travel
  • Making arrangements with a member of staff at a staffed railway station [only Edinburgh Waverley on this line]

Wheelchair users


Edinburgh Waverley is the only staffed station on the Borders’ Railway line, in order to provide disabled assistance at all other stations from Brunstane to Tweedbank, there will be a set of ramps on each train managed by the train conductor. To ensure you can travel please complete the assistance request form www.scotrail.co.uk/form/assisted-travel. The wheelchair accommodation on trains is restricted to standard wheelchairs not exceeding 70cm wide, 120cm long and with a combined weight of less than 300 kilograms of user and wheelchair. These dimensions are in accordance with Interoperability PRM-TSI legislation. (Technical specifications for interoperability relating to accessibility of the Union’s rail system for persons with disabilities and persons with reduced mobility).


If you hold a bus pass with an “eye” symbol on the front, then you are eligible to travel free on trains throughout Scotland, including journeys starting/ending at the four Midlothian stations. If you hold a valid Midlothian Taxicard, then you can present this for free travel by train but only within the Edinburgh and three Lothian’s area including Shawfair, Eskbank, Newtongrange and Gorebridge. The Midlothian Taxicard is not valid for travel south of Gorebridge.


In both cases, you do not need to obtain a rail ticket from the station travel office. Show the card at the gate barrier. Do not attempt to enter via one of the automatic gates. Do not try to push your NEC or Midlothian Taxicard into the slot on the automatic gates – it will damage your card and may put the automatic gate out of action for other travellers. Instead, approach one of the staff at the manually controlled gate and show your card. Where there is no gate, show the card to the conductor on the train.


Scottish Blind Scheme


Logo for RNIB This scheme was created in the year 2000 and applies to blind persons resident anywhere in Scotland including Midlothian. Cardholders enjoy free travel on buses, trains, ferries, Glasgow Subway and Edinburgh Trams for themselves. There is free travel for a companion on buses [denoted by the two symbols of an eye and a “+1” on the card], but this companion entitlement does not extend to the other modes. SBS is financially supported by the 32 Scottish local authorities, but as far as the cardholder is concerned, the scheme is co-produced with the Scottish Government using their National Entitlement Card [NEC]. Application forms are available at all Midlothian libraries where completed forms must be handed in by the applicant in person [part of the process of verification is that the face of the applicant and the photo image supplied must be cross-checked by the librarian before the application is accepted].


Disabled Persons Railcard


If you have a disability that makes travelling by train difficult you might qualify for the Disabled Persons Railcard. The Disabled Persons Railcard allows you to get 1/3 off most rail fares throughout Great Britain. If you’re travelling with an adult companion they also can get 1/3 off their rail fare. It costs £20 for a one-year Railcard. £54 for a three-year Railcard.


You can apply online at www.disabledpersons-railcard.co.uk/


Going Forward


There is a robust campaign for the extension of the Borders Railway from Tweedbank to Hawick and ultimately Carlisle. Revenue from passenger trains alone may not be sufficient to make a business case for the southern end of the line. Any feasibility study will need to look at the contribution freight trains could make, particularly bringing out timber from the Kielder Forest area.


Steam Trains


A Steam Train Experience occasionally run on the borders railway. Each service will feature both first and standard class options on board the trains recently refurbished carriages, and is the perfect way to experience the new borders railway.


ScotRail will confirm dates and prices for their journeys. For more information please visit www.scotrail.co.uk/scotland-by-rail/steam-trains


Steam train on the borders railway


Four Stations in Midlothian


Shawfair Station:


6 Miles from Edinburgh Waverley and 27 Miles from Galashiels.

Shawfair Station will eventually be at the heart of the new town centre planned for the south east of Edinburgh. Unless the there is a change of the boundary of Edinburgh City, Shawfair will be part of Midlothian. It will provide excellent interchange facilities with buses and links to an extensive path and cycle network. The site will also features a 24 hour customer help point system on the platform.

Step free access via ramp or path. Two platforms with sheltered waiting areas.

Free car parking facilities with approximately 59 available spaces 24 hour CCTV for both station and car park which are closely monitored from regional control rooms.
Sheltered cycle storage facilities for approximately 10 bikes.

Automated ticket vending machines


Eskbank Station:


9 Miles from Edinburgh Waverley and 24 Miles from Galashiels

Close to Bonnyrigg and Dalkeith, Edinburgh College Dalkeith and the Midlothian Community Hospital.

The site will also feature a 24 hour customer help point system on the platform.

Step free access via ramp or path. One platform, with sheltered waiting area

Free car parking facilities with approximately 159 available spaces 24 hour CCTV for both station and car park which are closely monitored from regional control rooms.
Sheltered cycle storage facilities for approximately 12 bikes

Automated ticket vending machines


Newtongrange Station:


11 Miles from Edinburgh Waverley and 22 Miles from Galashiels

This station is near the National Mining Museum. The Lady Victoria Colliery, a major Scottish visitor attraction, can be accessed directly from the A7.

The site features a 24 hour customer help point system on the platform.

Step free access via ramp or path. One platform, with sheltered waiting area

Free car parking facilities with approximately 55 available spaces 24 hour CCTV for both station and car park which are closely monitored from regional control rooms.
Sheltered cycle storage facilities for approximately 10 bikes

Automated ticket vending machines


Gorebridge Station:


13 Miles from Edinburgh Waverley and 20 Miles from Galashiels

Located at the previous station site, the new Gorebridge station is close to Gorebridge town centre.

The site will feature a 24 hour customer help point system on the platform.

Step free access via ramp or path. One platform, with sheltered waiting area.

Free car parking facilities with approximately 73 available spaces 24 hour CCTV for both station and car park which are closely monitored from regional control rooms.
Sheltered cycle storage facilities for approximately 10 bikes.

Automated ticket vending machines


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Taxis in Midlothian

Forward Mid works with Midlothian Council transport team and local Taxi companies to bring you the best suggestions for travelling around in Midlothian and Further afield


Taxis


When ordering a Taxi or Mini Cab please make the company aware of any special requirements you need for the journey, Taxi's and Mini cabs are operated by individuals and size or type of vehicle must be agreed before being dispatched. The maximum requirements for carriage of a wheelchair is 700 millimetres wide or 27 inches wide and 1200 Millimetres long 47 inches long, all ramps in taxis are restricted by weight limit as well but this is different for every make of taxi or Mini cab. It is not the driver of the vehicle provision to size or weigh a wheelchair, Forward Mid are trying to find a method where size and weight are applied to every wheelchair to stop discrimination. This sign   Wheelchair symbol indicates that a wheelchair can be accommodated, please check with taxi or private hire company what size of wheelchair they can accommodate at time of booking. If you do not know the combined weight of your wheelchair with you seated, the community hospital can weigh you in your wheelchair.


Taxis Comapines


Bonnyrigg and Lasswade

Peter Jack

 

 

Telephone logo : 0754 585 4449


Town and Country

 

 

Telephone logo : 0131-663-2666/663 2666


United Private Hire

 

 

Telephone logo : 0131-660-0011.


Dalkeith


1212 Taxi

Wheelchair symbol

 

Telephone logo : 0131-660-2000.

Ariel ABW Cabs 

Wheelchair symbol

aerialabwcabs.co.uk/

Telephone logo : 0131 663 2000/3232/9666

Antonio Palys

 

 

Telephone logo : 0131-660-2000.

D & M Taxis

 

 

Telephone logo : 0776 154 0580

Dial-A-Cab Direct

 

 

Telephone logo : 0131 516 4141

Ian Diamond

 

 

Telephone logo : 07711336884

Freewheeler Taxis

 

 

Telephone logo : 01573-410-630

JL Taxi

 

 

Telephone logo : 0131-654-0672

Danderhall


Aztec [Cabs Direct]

 

 

Telephone logo : 0131 663 0999

Gorebridge


D&D Private Hire

Wheelchair symbol

 

Telephone logo : 01875-820-477

Gore Cabs

 

 

Telephone logo : 01875 822233

Loanhead


Chauffeur Drive

Wheelchair symbol

www.chauffeur-drive.net/

Telephone logo : 0131 440 1192

Fountain Private Hire

Wheelchair symbol

 

Telephone logo : 0131 440 1688/3896

Midlothian Taxi Hire

 

 

Telephone logo : 0131 440 1192

Newtongrange


Grange Cabs

 

www.grangecabs.co.uk/

Telephone logo : 0131-663-9220

Swift Taxis

Wheelchair symbol

 

Telephone logo : 0131 654 1004/1031


Penicuik


FM Private Hire

 

www.edinburghairport-taxis.com/

Telephone logo : 01968 677 370

JC Taxis

Wheelchair symbol

 

Telephone logo : 01968 676 161

Penicuik Taxis

Wheelchair symbol

www.penicuiktaxis.co.uk/

Telephone logo : 0131 268 8593

Edinburgh


Central Radio Taxis

Wheelchair symbol

www.taxis-edinburgh.co.uk/

Telephone logo : 0131-229-2468

Computer Cabs

Wheelchair symbol

 

Telephone logo : 0131-272-8000

City Cabs

Wheelchair symbol

www.citycabs.co.uk/

Telephone logo : 0131-228-1211


Dial-A-Ride


Midlothian Council helps to fund a special door-to-door for people who have mobility restrictions. This includes those who cannot physically manage to board a standard bus vehicle, as well as those who live too far from a standard bus service to reach comfortably, Dial-A-Ride is operated by Handicabs. You have to register with Handicabs too use Dial-A-Ride.


For booking and enquires Telephone logo: 0131 447 9949


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Disabled people advice for travelling outwith Midlothian

Forward Mid works with Midlothian Council transport team to bring you the best suggestions for travelling Further afield.


Accessible Travel Hub


Scottish Disability Equality Forum is proud to launch the Accessible Travel Hub. The Hub is a place for you to find information, articles and guidance on Accessible Travel anywhere in Scotland. http://accessibletravel.scot/


Some people find traveling a strain, if you are disabled that strain could get a lot worse. It could be something simple as a delay in traveling and this has a knock on effect for a diabetic as now the carbohydrate intake is affected, to being in a wheelchair and a replacement form of transport is used only to find out it has no wheelchair facilities. Here you will some tips on traveling beyond Midlothian


Scottish Citylink Coaches


For passengers with walking difficulties, the driver will assist you to climb a few steps into the bus and help you into your seat. You should purchase your ticket at Citylink in the usual way. However, if you normally use a wheelchair and you need to remain in it for your trip, please DO NOT PURCHASE your ticket on the website. Fully accessible coaches are being introduced across our network.


if you are a wheelchair user please call Telephone logo 0141 332 9841. Fully accessible coaches are being introduced across our network. Scottish Citylink now operate wheelchair accessible coaches on a selection of journeys, these coaches allow direct access for manual wheelchairs, battery powered wheelchairs cannot be carried.
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National express


The majority of National Express coach services are now operated by fully wheelchair-accessible coaches which can convey a passenger in their wheelchair. Wheelchairs must be no larger than 1200mm * 700mm in size and be capable of being fully secured in the coach. For safety reasons, we therefore recommend that booking is made 36 hours in advance of travel so that we can check wheelchair compatibility. Customers can however travel on the day but we will still need to assess wheelchairs before setting off. For customers who can transfer from their wheelchair to the coach seat, we will accept lightweight manual wheelchairs for travel, subject to them being capably and safely stowed in the luggage hold of the coach. We regret that we are unable to accept manual wheelchairs that are more than 20kgs in weight. Mobility scooters can also be stowed, but they must be capable of being dismantled for carriage in the luggage hold. The heaviest part must not exceed 20kgs in weight. We strongly advise that you check with our Assisted Travel Helpline before travelling. Bookings and wheelchair/ scooter assessments can be arranged through our Assisted Travel helpline on Telephone logo08717 818179 (calls cost 10ppm plus network extras) open between 08.00 and 20.00 Sunday to Saturday. Carriage and assistance is approved in accordance with our published code of practice, titled ‘Serving our Disabled Customers’ and available upon request from our Assisted Travel Helpline or at www.nationalexpress.com


Arranging assistance and buying a ticket


Our Assisted Travel Helpline is available by calling Telephone logo 08717 818179 and is open every day from 8 in the morning until 8 at night, 7 days a week (calls charged at 10p per minute plus network extras). Our dedicated team can give journey details, take reservations, sell tickets, agree the level of assistance required at each stage of your journey and advise on what can be provided. To make a reservation, contact our Disabled Persons Travel Help line on Telephone logo08717 818178. A text phone is provided for customers who are deaf or hard of hearing on Telephone logo 0121 455 0086 for more information www.nationalexpress.com


ScotRail


Arrangements can be made for disabled passengers. We can usually arrange for staff to meet you at your departure station, accompany you to the train and see you safely on board. Similar arrangements can be made at your destination station and other stations if you need to change trains. For example, ramps can be provided for wheelchair users. We do not normally provide assistance at unstaffed stations, but if you need help alighting, let the Conductor/Ticket Examiner onboard know. ScotRail train services normally have staff available to help and all trains carry a portable ramp. For more information contact www.scotrail.co.uk and type in the name of the rail station.


There are a limited number of spaces available to wheelchair users on each train, it is important therefore that you recommend that customers book their space in advance.

Because scooters come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes, many have problems on trains, including: tipping backwards on ramps; being heavier than the ramp's safe working load; or being the wrong shape to manoeuvre safely inside a carriage. These problems mean that some companies have trains that cannot carry scooters. So if you are a scooter-user who wants to travel by rail, you should contact the train company to check they can safely accommodate your scooter.


Please remember to contact us to confirm that all the stations and trains you want to use are accessible. If you require assistance please let them know at least 24 hours in advance. ScotRail Enquiries: Telephone logo0800 912 2 901.


AirTravel


When you book, always tell your airline, travel agent or tour operator if you need assistance when you travel. Always get the name of a person who is responsible for the needs of anyone needing assistance. If you need assistance from airport or airline staff at any stage of your journey, you should always request this at least 48 hours before you fly. Airlines may ask you to complete an Incapacitated Passengers Handling Advice (INCAD) form and/or a Medical Information Form (MEDIF). These are standard forms used by many airlines to help staff organise any assistance or equipment you may need during your journey and to decide whether you are fit to fly. With some airlines, the INCAD and MEDIF are two parts of the same form.You can fill in the INCAD form yourself, but the MEDIF form must be completed by your doctor.You should contact the airline and discuss your disability or medical condition with them – even if your doctor says you are fit to fly – as different airlines have different policies about carrying disabled passengers and people with medical conditions. The airline will be able to give you any forms they require you to complete. You can also get these forms from some travel agents. Make sure these forms are filled in and that you keep a copy for your records.


Medical conditions that require MEDIF form and or INCAD form: Uncomplicated myocardial infarction, especially if you require oxygen. Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) prophylaxis, especially if you had surgery for DVT or who have had DVT and are obese. Respiratory disease, especially if you require oxygen. Pregnancy, approaching 36 weeks or after. Ear, nose and throat problems, especially active middle-ear infections. Contagious infectious disease, you will not be allowed to travel if you have Tuberculosis, some other contagious medical conditions will be on a one to one evaluation. Diabetes mellitus does not require these forms to fly, insulin diabetics are normally required to have a letter of authorisation from their doctor to allow carriage of needles in their hand luggage.


Wheelchair Air Travel, Electric wheelchairs or Scooters cannot be carried, manual wheelchairs can be carried however getting insurance to take a wheelchair abroad is not readily available and are not normally covered on travel insurance. If possible ask you travel agent to hire a wheelchair to meet you at your destination, Check with the Red Cross as they can sometimes supply the hire of a wheelchair whilst abroad. A wheelchair stowage/carry bag will help protect your wheelchair from damage.


These are guideline for traveling, when you get to your destination it will be different from the area you have come from and attitudes to disabled people vary greatly from country to country.


How to pack to travel all over the world.

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It’s no secret that a wheelchair makes packing a bit more complicated, but that doesn’t need to stop you from traveling!


To inspire more wheelchair users to travel and to improve everyone’s packing, we have talked with 8 experienced wheelchair travelers and asked them to share their best advice.


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Visa for Travel

List of Countries UK Passport holders require a Visa to visit

A list of countries that may or may not require visa to visit, this list changes daily, it is advised that you check the day before you travel for any additional information please visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice


Travel Accessibility For Disabled People To The U.S.A.


Over the years, travel for disabled people has become easier. It has not become simpler, but with the advance of technology, traveling for disabled people is not as much as a hassle anymore. In the United States of America , going around for disabled people has become easier. A lot of buildings in the U.S.A. have wheelchair access and these buildings are equipped with elevators that have braille signs. Almost everywhere, there are parking places that are reserved for disabled drivers (take your blue badge). To make life comfortable for disabled people, some television shows feature hearing impaired captions. With lots of accessible improvements in the U.S., many more tourists with disabilities have found it easier to travel to the U.S.


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Airport Terminals can accommodate disabled travelers, but when making travel arrangements, it is better to let the airlines know of the kind of services you require to allow them to serve you better. Also, it will be better to inform them in advance, so as not to put them on the spot when reaching the airport terminal. It is important to be clear when describing your disability to the airline’s staff, so that they will be able to accommodate you with the required facilities to make your travel comfortable. To avoid dealing with all that, there are special travel agencies that can make all these arrangements for you as they are specially trained to help travelers with disabilities. If you decide to travel without the help of a special travel agency, it’s better to be clear when it comes to describing the kind of accessibility that you will need once reaching the U.S.A. Remember that airlines and airports have different kinds of services for disabled people, please inform your airline a second time at least 48 hours before your flight.

Flight Accommodations


The accommodations and services for disabled people start from getting on the airplane to travel to the U.S.A. Booking direct flights to the U.S.A. will make your travel easier and much more comfortable. Traveling via connecting flights will be a pain to deal with and will also be a hassle for you to get on and off these flights. But, if a direct flight proves to be too long for the disabled travelers, they can choose to travel through connecting flights to make the journey more comfortable for them. For disabled travelers, one of the most important steps before heading out to the airport is to make sure that all the necessary medical equipment, medications and supplies that they require have been packed and nothing important has been left behind.


Wheelchairs for Accessibility


If you are traveling with your own wheelchair, then you have to let your airline know beforehand to make the necessary arrangements to transport your wheelchair or any other mobility aids that will help you move around in the U.S.A. Special wheelchair insurance is required. Upon arrival at the U.S. immigration, screening officers will inspect your wheelchair as you go through security. If you have booked and are hiring a wheelchair that will be available to you when you reach the U.S. airport, make sure to be specific in the kind of wheelchair that you need otherwise you will end up with the kind of wheelchair that you didn’t expect. For the best wheelchair assistance, disabled travelers have to request it when making their reservations and they should be very specific on the kind of wheelchairs that they are looking for. If the arrangements were not made before stepping on the plane, travelers can ask the flight attendant to help them before the plane lands in the U.S.A. Other than that, travelers can still ask a skycap or an agent at their airline’s ticket counter at the airport for help.


Airlines with Accessibility Services


Not all airlines have special services for the disabled, but the ones that do, those are the airlines that the disabled travelers should consider traveling in. Airlines such as Air Canada, Continental Airlines, EasyJet and Virgin Atlantic have a range of accessibility services for disabled travelers. Some of the services include support at the airport and assistance on board, service animals are allowed, support for mobility impaired people, spacious adapted toilets and many more. Traveling by plane is a time-consuming endeavour, but if you plan well in advance, airline representatives or travel agents will be able to help you have a comfortable and relaxing journey to the United States of America.


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