Travel and Transportation

Travel and Transportation

Many transportation options exist for people with disabilities. Fixed route transit systems, paratransit, commuter systems, airplane and trains are more accessible than ever. Ride sharing, such as Uber and Lyft are available in most communities and drivers with disabilities can rent cars and vans with hand controls and wheelchair lifts. UCP is a champion when it comes to advocating for sufficient and assessible transportation that advances the independence and socialization for people with disabilities. Contact your UCP local affiliate for information about transportation options in your area.

Other Helpful Resources

TSA Disability Travel Hotline

Travelers may call TSA Cares toll free at 1-(855)-787-2227 prior to traveling with questions about screening policies, procedures and what to expect at the security checkpoint. TSA Cares will serve as an additional, dedicated resource specifically for passengers with disabilities, medical conditions or other circumstances or their loved ones who want to prepare for the screening process prior to flying.

Federal 5310 Program

The Federal 5310 Program provides enhanced transportation options for people with disabilities and senior citizens.

Project Action

Easter Seal’s Project Action promotes universal access to transportation for people with disabilities under federal law and beyond by partnering with transportation providers, the disability community and others through the provision of training, technical assistance, applied research, outreach and communication.

 

By Air

The Air Carrier Access Act prohibits discrimination based on disability in air travel and requires that all flights on U.S. airlines, and flights to or from the United States by foreign airlines, accommodate the needs of passengers with disabilities. Each airline has their own policies and procedures so calling ahead can help the travel experience go more smoothly.

New Horizons: Information for the Air Traveler with a Disability

This guide is designed to offer travelers with disabilities a brief but authoritative source of information about the Air Carrier Access rules: the accommodations, facilities, and services that are now required to be available.  It also describes features required by other regulations designed to make air travel more accessible.

Guide to Airlines’ Accommodations

Check out the recent guide to airlines’ accommodations for passengers with disabilities from Cheapflights.com.

By Land

Accessible vehicles provide greater independence for people with disabilities. Hand controls, pedal modifications, and steering devices allow people with disabilities to drive their own cars. Lifts, wheelchair carriers, and restraints allow a person with a disability to ride safely in a vehicle. Learn more about modifications and how to drive and purchase an accessible vehicle:

National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association

A non-profit trade association of mobility equipment dealers, manufacturers, driver rehabilitation specialists and other professionals dedicated to expanding opportunities for people with disabilities to drive or be transported in vehicles modified with mobility equipment. Provides information on financing and rebates available from auto dealers.

Wheeled Mobility

Mobility is often a key issue for people with disabilities. Fortunately, many types of equipment exist to assist with mobility. This includes manual wheelchairs, powered wheelchairs, scooters and more. You may consider working with a certified professional to evaluate your needs and determine the best equipment to your unique situation. Here are resources to assist you.

Wheelchair University

Provides education and research related to wheelchairs and their use, safety standards, how to select a wheelchair and more for consumers and researchers.

USA Tech Guide

USA TechGuide provides an overview of wheelchair, mobility scooters, and assistive technology choices.

Health Care Abroad

Visit the  US State Department Consular Information sheets and Travel Advisories 

For information regarding travel outside of the US

Helpful Resources.

Emerging Horizons

Emerging Horizons’ provides information, resources, news and travel tips.

Accessible Journeys

Accessible Journeys is a vacation planner and tour operator exclusively for wheelchair travelers, their families and friends

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