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Traveling With A Disability: Stepping Out of Your Comfort Zone

Posted March 12, 2013 by Mark Sherwood in Blog

This is a guest blog post by Mark Sherwood, who writes Travels With a Deaf Guy. Mark is currently taking a year off of his university studies to travel around the world.
Leaning out of an open plane door 10,000 feet above the sand dunes of the Namib Desert is an exhilarating experience. But even more exhilarating is the free-falling sensation as I jump out of the plane, towards the dunes and savannas.
This is what happened to me a few months ago in Namibia as part of my five-week safari. And as you may have guessed, I was skydiving for the first time in my life and I loved it.
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Overcoming All Odds

Most people would have had a verbal warning precede their jump out of the plane. In my case, it probably came as well – I just didn’t hear it. I’m hard of hearing, although I usually prefer telling people that I’m deaf, since some people struggle to understand the term “hard of hearing.”
I usually wear two hearing aids which help me out quite a bit, but unfortunately, a few weeks before I went skydiving, one of them broke while I was out in a rainstorm in Koh Phangan, Thailand. As a result, during my time in Namibia and several other countries throughout the safari, I was more deaf than usual, adding up to several odd experiences – like the sudden realization that I couldn’t hear the verbal warning before I was pushed out of a plane.
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Tips for a Traveler with a Disability

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Aug. 7, 2013

August is one of the busiest months for travel! It can be challenging navigating airports and train stations, especially when a disability is involved. Careful planning can help reduce stress for any traveler, so here are some simple tips for planning a trip and traveling with a disability:
1. Call ahead of time. In most cases,airlines and other service providers are mandated by law to accommodate travelers with disabilities. By calling ahead of time, you can confirm that your accommodation needs will be met as well as offer the service provider advanced notice so that they can make preparations to welcome you.

 Research your destination. Check out your destination and housing arrangements before you begin your travels. Look for information about wheelchair accessibility, city transportation, hotel disability accommodations, and the accessibility of the sites that you plan to visit. Also, be sure to check with your doctor ahead of time for local health and medical resources around your destination. If you happen to need a doctor during your travels, you’ll be glad that you did the research ahead of time!

 Understand your rights. Familiarize yourself with your rights. Every traveler deserves to be treated with dignity, respect and courtesy. Remember that your rights are legislated for your benefit.

 Be courteous. The security guards and TSA employees have a tough and busy job. Seek to brighten their day during your interaction with them...
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