Many kinds of holiday are organised specifically for disabled people, including accessible hotels and B&Bs which can accommodate people in wheelchairs and where there are helpers and nurses available. You can get information from the specialist organisations listed below or you can talk to your local travel agent about your options. It’s also worthwhile contacting disability organisations to ask whether they run any adapted holiday accommodation.
National standards for disabled access and facilities in hotels and other holiday accommodation have been drawn up, with input from the Tourist Board and disability organisations. Travel agents and tour operators can give you details about the accommodation they deal with. When making your holiday arrangements you should also ask how easy it is to get to the amenities you wish to visit, perhaps the beach, tourist attractions, local shops or the town centre, from where you will be staying.
The AccessAble website provides onlineAccess Guides to venues across Hampshire, as well as nationally. You can find detailed information about access to all kinds of places including hotels, cinemas, hospitals, sports grounds, restaurants, council offices, parks and tourist attractions.
The Changing Places toilet map helps you find accessible toilets in the UK. Click on the individual listings for full details of facilities available.
Euan's Guidehas thousands of disability access listings and reviews of venues in the UK and beyond, written by disabled people for disabled people.
A sunflower lanyard was introduced at major UK airports in 2018 in order to allow passengers with hidden disabilities to indicate discreetly to staff that they may need additional support or help. The use of the lanyard has spread and is now available from a number of transport providers. It is also being trialled in supermarkets such as Sainsbury's and Tesco.
Tourism for All is national charity dedicated to making tourism welcoming to all. Its All Travel Planner is a one-stop shop for accessible tourism in the UK providing you with a simple way to find accessible destinations and places to stay. It allows you to create the perfect holiday for you, tailored specifically to your access requirements, whether this means wheelchair access or just having good lighting. All of the properties on the site are self-assessed. You can call Tourism for All on 0845 124 9971.
Disabled Holidaysare a travel agent specialising in accessible holidays in the UK and worldwide.
A directory of accessible accommodation in Hampshire and SE England specifically can be found on the Visit Southeast England website.
Ski2Freedomprovide information and advice about making holidays possible for all. They have a focus on information and advice about mountain and snow sports activities, but will also provide information about non-sports holidays.
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