Home From Ottawa

Hello how are you all doing? Thank you to those who tried to keep up with my Ottawa adventures unfortunately it seemed that I had some technical issues but alas I am back in action and at home with a setup that I know so this post should go live without issue. 

I have some tips for wheelchair users looking to fly.

  1. Get to the airport at least two hours early (it took two hours to get through the process)
  2. Insist that you stay in your chair until boarding this helps your comfort level and allows you to explain how to fold your chair – in the case of my roommate I was actually able to fold her chair for them while they were loading her into the plane
  3. Ask for a transfer bench if you fly in a small plane where you are required to be lifted on they have a bench that helps with getting into your seat
  4. I can’t put my finger on why but getting in to the plane is harder than getting out

We arrived in Ottawa after an hour flight (it’s approximately a 7 hour drive) we used the local wheelchair transit system and that in itself would give me reason to want to move to the nation’s capital not to mention you can call and book 24 hours in advance! Here at home a minimum booking is 3 days thus we were in heaven!

Using the transit system made getting around the city and to my speaking engagement at st pius x a breeze – the outcome of this trip is that I LOVE to travel, I only missed my bed!

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About lifeofthedifferentlyabled

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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6 Responses to Home From Ottawa

  1. Glynis says:

    Nice to know that you’re home again safe.

    The one thing I don’t like about traveling is the people in the industry who are there to help you act so frighted of my situation. It makes it very uncomfortable and a little scary for me as well.

  2. Rosie says:

    Hey Laura,

    Sounds like you had amazing time in Ottawa!!!

  3. Sarah says:

    Once my wheelchair was almost left on the runway!
    Traveling with accommodations is always an adventure. Glad you had a good trip.

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