Jani Nayar and Michell Haase on Travel with Children

From CNN.com:


Traveling with children is difficult, but when children have wheelchairs or communication problems, it can be overwhelming for parents to plan even a weekend getaway.

"You cannot pick up and go like everyone else does. You have to plan your trip very carefully," says Jani Nayar, executive coordinator of the Society for Accessible Travel & Hospitality.

About 2.9 million youths ages 17 and younger have a disability, according to the 2009 American Community Survey. Even if it requires extra planning, Nayar says, it's important for children with disabilities -- whether they're blind, deaf, autistic or use a wheelchair -- to "get out of the house and travel like any other child."

Michell Haase, founder of TravelinWheels.com, a site that offers travel tips for disabled people, suggests that families "start small."

"It doesn't have to be the big trip to France," she said.

For families that haven't traveled before, Haase suggests driving to a nearby city and trying a hotel stay. In 1990, the Americans with Disabilities Act required that hotels provide accessible amenities. But when booking a room, Haase says to be specific about your needs.

http://www.cnn.com/2011/TRAVEL/08/19/traveling.with.disabled.kids/


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