Holidays with Someone Disabled

Taking a holiday should never have to be restricted because of a disability. Entertainment giants like Disney, Las Vegas, and the National Park System have all worked diligently to make their businesses accessible to those with disabilities.

 

Many of the beaches in Florida now have sand wheelchairs to rent or use. These chairs have large tires on them that allow passengers to go through the beach sand with ease. Many of the beaches even have attractions that can help people with all types of disabilities go out and enjoy water sports and recreation.

 

Places like Seattle have prided themselves on creating a public transportation system that is accessible to everyone. Beverley Hills has even renovated some of its most prestigious hotels and locations to make it accessible to everyone.

 

If you want to take a holiday of any type and you or a family member has a disability, it will just take a little extra planning. You will be amazed at how many hotel chains have special services in place for those who are disabled at no extra charge. All you have to do is ask what is available when you book your rooms.

 

Many of the theme parks offer special services for those with disabilities. If you are in a wheelchair, for example, Universal Studios, Sea World, and Disney all have special lines for the rides to meet your needs. Additional help is available throughout these parks to ensure that you have a great time while you are there.

 

Make sure that you are prepared to travel as well. Consider bringing pillow wedges to help feel more comfortable while you are sitting for long periods of time.  Also consider having a comfortable way to carry around water to keep hydrated, especially in the warmer climate areas where dehydration can happen quickly. It is also important that you have all your medications and instructions for them with you so that you can manage your health routine while you are gone.

 

You will be happy to discover that the world is a much bigger place than it was 20 years ago when people with disabilities were limited on holiday destinations. Now, almost all vacation destinations are disability friendly and the world is yours to travel.

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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).