For travellers with disabilities, my advice is don’t dwell on what you can’t do.

- Ed Rex writer and editor at Rexy Edevntures & the Deaf Traveller 

Travelling with a disability can be very challenging. Concordia believes that everyone should have the freedom to travel anywhere and everywhere. However, this can only be achieved if travellers, organisations and other companies work together to ensure that proper preparations are made. We have put together this guide to try and make your travelling and volunteering experience as easy and enjoyable as possible. 

  1. Be clear

There are as many disabilities as there are disabled folks. Give as many details as you can about what you can and can’t do. Don’t downplay the severity of the disability. The more information a service provider has, the better they will be able to accommodate you. If they promise you certain accommodations, try to get these promises in writing.

  1. Call ahead

Even if you have already requested assistance, it is always a good idea to call 1 or 2 days before you arrive to the airport, train station etc to ensure that proper accommodations have been made for you.

  1. Prepare

If you are on prescribed medication, make sure you bring extra. Carry medical information that is easy for someone else to access during an emergency. Get comprehensive travel insurance.

  1. Get advice

It may be worth seeing a doctor or health professional prior to travel. They will have expert advice and experience on how to make your trip run as smoothly as possible.

  1. Know your rights

Research the place you want to travel to and see what provisions that have for people with additional needs. The Home Office has detailed information and advice on travelling with a disability. In the UK, companies and organisations must adhere to the law and provide disabled folks with adequate care and assistance.

Here are some other good resources

Travelling with a visual impairment - RNIB (Royal National Institute of Blind)

Tips and destination recommendations for travellers looking for less strenuous walking and fewer stairs - 'Travel on the Level'

Advice for those with learning disabilities - Mencap