Go-To Guide for Vacations for People with Disabilities

As the summer travel season approaches, it is not uncommon to start making plans for your vacation. If you have a disability, you can plan a wonderful vacation that will accommodate your needs with little extra effort. Knowing where to look, and what to ask for when making reservations, will allow you to experience your vacation to the max.  

 

U.S. Park System  

 

Some of the most amazing places in the United States are part of the national park system. From the Grand Canyon to Mount Rushmore to Revolutionary War forts, the national park system has something for everyone. What is even nicer about the park system is the fact that nearly all parks are accessible for those with disabilities.  

 

What is even better about the national park system is that they provide free lifetime passes to most people with permanent disabilities. Not only can you experience the wonders of the United States, but you can also do so at limited costs. The free passes also provide discounted or free services you can use while at the parks.  

 

The Beach  

 

Planning a trip to the beach may sound crazy for those with a disability, but the beach is no longer a no-go zone. Many beaches have made accommodations for those with mobility issues and you can go down and enjoy the surf and sand with ease.  

 

Wheelchairs with beach tires are being made more available at Florida east coast beaches, and many water activities are now being made accessible for wheelchairs as well.  

 

Hotels, Theme Parks and More  

 

If you have any type of disability you are encouraged to call ahead and discuss your needs with the hotel, theme park or attraction you are planning to visit. Most, if not all, of these businesses have programs in place to accommodate your needs. In fact, many have special programs designed just for those with special needs to encourage those with disabilities to travel.  

 

Need More Ideas? 

 

Many travel agencies have dedicated agents that can help you design the ultimate vacation that will meet all of your needs. All you have to do is ask.  

 

Having a disability should not keep you from traveling and experiencing the world. All you need to do is take a little time to find all of the beneficial travel spots that will accommodate your needs. You will be very surprised how many of these attractions around the world are disability-friendly and have many services available to increase the pleasure of your travels. 

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Please note: VAT is removed in the checkout process

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?

You must be 'chronically sick or disabled' to qualify for VAT relief. The HMRC comment on this is as follows. A person is 'chronically sick or disabled' if they either:

VAT Relief on our Disability Aids

All products on the Aids for Mobility website are flagged with an option to claim VAT relief during Checkout if it applies to that item. When you add a zero-rated product or service to your Basket, you will be asked to tick a checkbox to confirm that you, or the person for whom you are buying the item, are eligible for VAT Relief.

How VAT relief works

If you are claiming VAT Relief you will be asked to complete an extra few questions during Checkout, where we will ask you to provide brief details of your disability and confirmation that the product is for 'personal or domestic use'. We will keep a record of this declaration along with your order details. You can then buy the product(s) in your Basket at a price that excludes VAT. You will be asked to make this declaration each time you place an order that includes zero-rated products. It is a legal requirement that we record this information for every order, and we apologise for the inconvenience.

More information from HMRC

You can find out more about VAT Relief for disabled people on the HM Revenue and Customs website. If you cannot find the answer to your questions there or would prefer to speak to an adviser, you can call their Helpline on 0845 302 02 03.

The helpline is open from 8.00 am to 5.00 pm, Monday to Friday. (Closed weekends and bank holidays).