Some of my best tips for disabled travelers
More and more people with disabilities are heading to Morocco, and more of us are looking for the fun and experiences. We, like so many of attraction places, want to get off the tourist track and experience the real of land of the beauty and history. Yes, that includes those of us who use wheelchairs. I’ve been traveling around morocco since I was kid — and here are some of my best tips.
I use crutches and I wear a brace. I take a backpack, since I usually travel alone, if I can’t carry it myself, I don’t take it.
Bathrooms can be challenging
Bathrooms are often a hassle, so I have learned to use creative ways to transfer into narrow spaces. To be blatantly honest, when there are no accessible bathrooms in sight, I have found ways to pee discreetly just about anywhere, You gotta do what you gotta do, and hopefully one day the access will improve, but in the meantime there is a world out there to be discovered. Bring along
an extra pair of pants and a great sense of humor.
I always try to learn some of the language of the country I’m in, because it cuts through the barriers when people stare at you (and they will) and also comes in handy when you need assistance in going up a curb or a flight of steps. Don’t accept other people’s notions of what is possible If a museum lacks elevators for visitors, be sure to ask about freight elevators.Almost all have them somewhere, and that can be your ticket to seeing a world-class treasure.
Finding helpful organizations for people with disabilities
I always get information about disability groups in the places I am going. They have the best access information, and many times they’ll become your new traveling partners and friends. They can show you the best spots. Remember that you are part of a global family of people with disabilities.
It can be useful to contact tourism offices and local transit providers before you travel. Some even include information on their websites about accessibility for people with disabilities.
Each person with a disability has unique needs and interests. Many of my friends use power wheelchairs, are blind or deaf, or have other disabilities — they all have their own travel tips. People who have difficulty walking long distances might want to think about taking a lightweight wheelchair or borrowing one when needed — many places in Morocco don’t have mobility scooter rentals, Whether you travel alone, with friends, or with an assistant, you’re in for a great adventure.
Claim your rights when needed
Don’t confuse being flexible and having a positive attitude with settling for less than your rights. I expect equal access and constantly let people know about the possibility of providing access through ramps or other modifications. When I believe my rights have been violated, I do whatever is necessary to remedy the situation, so that the next traveler or disabled person in that country won’t have the same frustrations.
Keep in mind that accessibility can mean different things in different cities. In some countries, People may tell you their building is accessible because they’re willing to lift you and your wheelchair over the steps at the entryway. Be open to trying new ways of doing things, but also ask questions to make sure you are comfortable with the access provided.
Hopefully more books will include accessibility information, which will allow everyone to see Morocco Let’s work toward making that door accessible so we can all be there together.
My Advice To Travelers with Disabilities
If you don’t travel much, speak to someone with a similar disability who has traveled before. Consult with your travel agent, hotel, airline, and others to understand the services available foryour trip, or contact disability organizations overseas at your destination.