Did you know that traveling can benefit people with disabilities? It can do this by expanding their boundaries, giving them a new perspective of the world, and even changing their view of their self. How can traveling do all this?
Travel has positive effects upon disability.
Here are just a few ways people with disabilities are helped by travel:
Traveling is Relaxing – For those of you who are inclined to be on-the-go, traveling can be surprisingly relaxing. It can also help to get your mind off of worries and problems. In this way, traveling can offer the health benefit of reduced stress.
Traveling Offers a New Perspective – This may be especially important for people with disabilities. Why? Because society ingrains limitation-based perspectives of these individuals. Traveling, especially to another culture, can refresh your mindsets and help you to be more open to new ones.
Traveling Provides Increased Self-Confidence – Why is this? Because when you do something you don’t normally do, you start to realize what you are capable of. People frequently do adventurous, out-of-the-ordinary things while traveling or being on vacation.
For example, if someone who was severely paralyzed managed to sail a long distance, he or she would definitely experience increased self confidence! Think this is impossible? It’s not — a woman who is quadriplegic recently accomplished this feat. Disability Living will feature her story later this week.
Why don’t more people with disabilities travel?
There are probably multiple answers to this question. One of them is, there is simply a lack of disability-accessible airports, travel websites, “well-adapted hotel rooms,” and the like. Despite this lack of accessibility, people with disabilities all over the world are choosing to expand their boundaries by traveling.
This week Disability Living will discuss traveling with a disability.
We will feature posts about a paraplegic woman who has sailed around the UK, quick tips for flying with a disability, summer camps for kids with disabilities, and reasons why people with disabilities don’t enjoy flying more. Disability Living will also highlight beach wheelchairs and increased mobility, a disability-accessible Canadian travel agency, and scuba diving for people with handicaps or disabilities.
Do you have disabilities or handicaps? Do you want to travel and experience new things? If so, you can!
People with disabilities are sometimes marginalized and underestimated by society. They are also frequently told what they cannot do. We are here to tell Canada’s disability community what it can do! And thanks to assistive technology, most people with disabilities can travel.
Have you always wanted to travel but felt like you were unable to? If so, stay tuned to Disability Living this week as we discuss traveling with a disability.
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Let’s Talk About It
Do you want to travel but feel you are unable to due to your disability? In what ways is your disability holding you back from traveling?
In your opinion, how can travel benefit someone with a disability?