A GUIDEBOOK FOR PERSONS WITH A DISABILITY
"HOW TO TRAVEL"
Travel Consultant For Persons With A Disability
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So you Want to Travel by Fred Rosen
This Book is dedicated to the millions of persons in the USA who have
a disability and wish to travel. Not disabled persons, but persons with
a disability. To say that you are someone who is disabled is to imply that
you are incapable of performing or acting on you own. But having a disability
only signifies that you are limited to what you can or cannot do.
Do you know that there are about 43 million persons in the USA with some
form of disability? Many of these people are concerned that they may not
be able to enjoy the same activities, such as travel, that persons without
a disability do. This book is written for persons with a disability, as
a guidebook to your rights and information on how to travel to accomodate
various disabilities. Prior to 1986, little or no attention was paid to
a person with a disability who wanted to travel. Since 1986, two acts were
passed by the Congress of the United States mandating that travel should
be made equally available to all persons, disabled or not. The first act,
passed in 1986, The Air Carriers Access Act (ACAA), defined what
air carriers and airports must do to make aircraft and airports accessible
to persons with disabilities. The second act, The Americans With Disabilities
Act (ADA) of 1990, defined, among its many regulations, what public
transportation and accommodations must offer to make their facilities accessible
to persons with disabilities. The Act also states that facilities must
be made accessible if it is not too difficult or expensive. the ADA does
not mandate that the facilities be made usable. These two acts have made
it easier for persons with a disability to travel, but have not solved
all the problems. Let us hope that in the near future that all forms of
travel and accommodations will become available and fully accessible for
all persons regardless of their disability.
AIR TRAVEL - USA
RAIL TRAVEL - USA
BUS TRAVEL - USA
RENTING A VEHICLE - USA
TAKING A TOUR - USA
ACCOMMODATIONS--HOTELS, MOTELS, RESORTS
DINING OUT - USA
RIVER CRUISING - USA
The Boy Scouts of America have a motto, "BE PREPARED". This also applies
to you, the traveler with a disability. BE PREPARED. Regardless of the
mode of transportation or destination, there are certain things for you
to consider before traveling:
Planning to travel is a two-way street. It involves a partnership between
you, the traveler with a disability, and the travel industry. Both you
and your travel agent should work together in securing the accessibility
and accommodations you need. But even with all the proper preparations,
something can go wrong. This guidebook is written to cover these considerations
according to the mode of transportation selected as well as other aspects
of travel such as destinations and dining out. ~~~ Copyright©
1997 by Fred Rosen. All rights reserved.
Any specific medical needs.
The use of credit cards.
Whether you need a traveling companion.
Whether you need a wheelchair.
How to handle insulin if you are diabetic
What to do if you have the need for oxygen.
Assuring availability of ethnic or dietary foods
Transportation of a needed assistive device.
Assuring assistance if you are hearing impaired.
Assuring assistance if you are visually impaired.
Accomodations for a service animal.
Advisability of purchasing extra medical insurance
Importance of cancellation insurance.
Additional considerations if you are planning to travel outside the USA.
Fred Rosen was born 1926 in Windsor, Ontario, Canada. He and his wife,
Gertrude, are the parents of a son who has been diagnosed as having Down's
Syndrome. Since the birth of their son Robert, Fred has been active in
helping persons with disabilities. Fred has served on various boards and
committees for some 30 years.
Upon retirement from the wholesale shoe business in 1991, Fred decided
to become a travel agent. His goal was to develop a travel program for
persons with disabilities. He studied Tourism and Travel at Forest Park
Community College, St. Louis, Missouri, and earned an Associate Degree
in Tourism, with honors, in 1993. Since 1993, Fred has been associated
with Hausler Travel Associates, St. Louis, Missouri as a travel consultant
for persons with a disability. He is also a contributing editor for The
Independence, a Saint Charles, Missouri newspaper for persons with
a disability, and has contributed articles for The Montage,
a campus newspaper of Meramec Community College, Saint Louis, Missouri.
The articles that Fred writes concern forms of travel as well as accommodations,
dining out and cruising for persons with a disability. It is Fred's hope
that some day travel will be fully accessible for everyone and that this
guidebook will allow persons with a disability to enjoy every facet of
life including vacationing and travel.
As a Board Member and as Chairman of the Legal Guardianship Committee of
the Missouri Association for Retarded Citizens.
As a Board Member and on the Recreation Committee of the St. Louis Association
for Retarded Citizens for 27 years.
As a Board Member of the Kirkwood Disabled Advisory and Awareness Commission,
City of Kirkwood, Missouri, from 1984 to 1991.
As an Assistant Scoutmaster for a troop of mentally retarded Boy Scouts,
Special School District, St. Louis, Missouri.
A GUIDEBOOK FOR PERSONS WITH A DISABILITY
HOW TO TRAVEL
by Fred Rosen
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