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Travelling for people with a disability offers a wealth of opportunities

Today, travel offers for people with a disability make it possible to provide holidays to suit every taste. At REHAB, specialist event organisers present barrier-free destinations all over the world.

For people with a disability, participation in social life also means the opportunity for travelling independently and barrier-free. Whether on the beach, it the mountains or in a city, alone, with another person or in a group, there are many different offers for holidays with a handicap available.

Major travel operators have adjusted their services to meet the travel needs of people with disabilities, and offer all services related to holiday planning, booking and accommodation on site. Smaller, specialist providers also offer problem-free holidays for people with disabilities – with disabled-access hotels, barrier-free leisure opportunities or assisted travel.

Travelling for people with a handicap requires careful planning which is oriented to their individual needs. Whether on holiday in a wheelchair, for people with visual or auditory impairments or psychiatric illnesses, at REHAB, anyone wanting to travel can receive advice on subjects such as:

  • Support for travel planning and booking
  • Safe transfers
  • Barrier-free hotels, restaurants, leisure facilities and attractions
  • Wheelchairs and other aids on loan
  • Nursing care, support and therapy offers on site

Disabled-access accommodation for holidays without barriers

People with physical disabilities need barrier-free accommodation in order to enjoy a relaxing holiday. Many hotels have now adopted the necessary measures and welcome guests with disabilities.

For barrier-free accommodation, clear criteria apply. In order to be officially “barrier-free”, hotels in Germany need to comply with statutory regulations. As well as the DIN norm for public-access buildings and apartments, there are also uniform standards for disabled-access hotels that are set by the hotel industry. These have been developed by the German association for hotels and guesthouses, the DEHOGA, and the German hotel federation, the IHA, in cooperation with organisations representing the interests of disabled persons. Using pictograms, travellers with disabilities can see immediately whether the accommodation is suitable for them, and which features and services make them particularly suitable.

Here, standards are generally oriented to the needs of wheelchair users. Disabled-access holiday apartments also use the quality features for wheelchair-access hotels as a guide. Travel operators who offer disabled-access accommodation abroad check their partners on site and through precise descriptions, enable people with health impairments to find the right accommodation for their needs.

Characteristic features of wheelchair-access holiday apartments and hotels include step-free access, lifts and corridors with a certain width, wide doors, barrier-free bathrooms and windows, tables and switches at the appropriate height. At REHAB, numerous exhibitors will present their disabled-access holiday offers and aids for use while you are travelling.

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