Travelers with Disabilities

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According to the Americans with Disabilities Act, a person has a disability if he or she has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits at least 1 major life activity. With proper preparation, many travelers with disabilities can travel internationally. Some travelers with disabilities, such as those with mobility limitations, vision or hearing loss, or cognitive disabilities may require special attention and adaptation of transportation services. The following recommendations may assist in ensuring safe, accessible travel for travelers with disabilities:

  • Assess each international itinerary on an individual basis, in consultation with specialized travel agencies or tour operators.
  • Consult travel health providers for additional recommendations.
  • Plan ahead to ensure that necessary accommodations are available throughout the entire trip.

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Overview

According to the Americans with Disabilities Act, a person has a disability if he or she has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits at least 1 major life activity. With proper preparation, many travelers with disabilities can travel internationally. Some travelers with disabilities, such as those with mobility limitations, vision or hearing loss, or cognitive disabilities may require special attention and adaptation of transportation services. The following recommendations may assist in ensuring safe, accessible travel for travelers with disabilities:

  • Assess each international itinerary on an individual basis, in consultation with specialized travel agencies or tour operators.
  • Consult travel health providers for additional recommendations.
  • Plan ahead to ensure that necessary accommodations are available throughout the entire trip.

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