Best Vacations for People with Disabilities

There is never a reason to avoid a vacation or weekend getaway because you have a disability. There are many places to go and things to do that will be accommodating to your disabilities. In fact, you will be very surprised how many tourist destinations that will even give special benefits to guests that have a disability.  

 

BEACHES  

 

• Key Largo Beach, Florida  

• Stearns Park Beach, Ludington, Michigan  

• Hanauma Beach, Honolulu, Hawaii  

These beaches are wheelchair friendly, have beach wheelchair rentals available, and Hanauma also offers ocean friendly adventure tours that are wheelchair accessible.  

 
AMUSEMENT PARKS  

 

• Disney World and Disneyland. Both are very disability friendly and offer a Fast Pass to guests with disabilities so that they have first entrance into rides and shows.  

• Morgan’s Wonderland – San Antonio, Texas. This is the only theme park in the world where every ride is accessible to guests with disabilities. Many of the rides and attractions are also sensory based, often used in physical therapy, so that there can be more enjoyment for every guest 

• Universal Studios – All Parks. All of the Universal Studio theme parks in California and Florida are compatible for guests with disabilities. Similar to the Disney program, those with disabilities receive preferred ride access and show access.  

 

CITIES  

 

• Las Vegas  

• Denver  

• Seattle  

 

These three cities offer the most access to people with disabilities, including their public transportation and their various tourist attractions.  

 

When you are traveling with a disability, it is important that you use the following checklist for the best experience:  

 

• Check the hotel at which you are staying to make sure that the room you reserved is accessible and ADA compliant.  

• Ask the airline to seat you in an area, most often the bulkhead, that is easier to enter and exit with your disability.  

• Bring an extra seat cushion to make sure that you are comfortable. Long drives and extended waits in line can cause you to become uncomfortable.  

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In the UK, disabled people do not have to pay VAT when buying certain disability aids and services (This can be claimed by friend or family member purchasing on their behalf). Not everything supplied to disabled people is necessarily zero-rated for VAT. Goods and services on which you do not have to pay VAT are usually known as 'zero-rated' or 'eligible for VAT relief.

Who is eligible for VAT relief?

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