when traveling becomes hard

I have overcome most of the challenges in my daily living, traveling

presents a whole new venue with it’s own set of challenges. My partner and I both have cerebral palsy and when we are taken into an environment such as a private home our physical limitations become apparent. Family holidays (to visit extended family) at this point have excluded each other because of accessibility.

We have aspirations of traveling together to far off lands, but accessibility in places can prove problematic. Its little things that frighten me most like the handling of my wheelchair; I have heard many  horror stories about chairs being damaged or all together deemed unusable after an airline has handled them. My chair isn’t exactly a prefab off the shop floor; in fact, the setting system is an exact mould of my shape to make sure proper posture despite a strong muscle tone!

I am thankful to mention that we are both manual chair users. I couldn’t imagine going on a trip to Europe only to remember that you forgot the electrical adaptor and can’t plug in your power wheelchair, I know people this has happened to.

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Laura Forde founded her blog through my eyes: my life with cerebral palsy in December 2009 out of a great need she had, realizing that there was a vast gap in firsthand accounts of what life was like living with Cerebral Palsy: she knew then that the only way to see this reflected online was to create the change herself and thus this blog was born Laura was born four months premature, weighing a mere one pound three ounces and given ten percent odds for survival. She was diagnosed with cerebral palsy at the age of three. After graduating from college, she continued writing and doing what she loves to do most; speaking to groups about her life experiences and sharing what she has learned from her journey. Her blog lifeofthedifferentlyabled was created after discovering that the online community lacked the voice of people in her situation. In its first year, the site saw over 20,000 hits from all over the world. Her readers are from all walks of life; some with disabilities, parents of children, professionals, and others who seek to gain a better understanding of the world of the differently abled. You can follow her on Twitter or Facebook
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2 Responses to when traveling becomes hard

  1. Don’t worry too much about what could possibly happen. Take the precautions, but don’t focus too much on what can go wrong. Even if something does go wrong atleast you’ll have good anecdotes when you come back that you can look back on and laugh about them. Take the plunge, go see Europe and the World and don’t worry too much about the little things, because chances are they can be fixed before you get there.

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