Ambassador LizWill

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    Reply To: Accessible Holiday Tips

    I haven’t taken a power chair with me so not sure. You may need to look at each airlines guidelines too about batteries as these can cause problems on check in.

    Ambassador LizWill
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    #124775
    Reply To: Accessible Holiday Tips

    Hi the chair hire worked out at 19 Euro a day but it would vary from each hire company and each country etc. I think if you have it for a week and or 2 it gets cheaper but if you work it out on that basis it gives you a rough idea. The ambulift is a generic term for the vehicle that will take you from the gate to the plane if you do not board via a tunnel, This is just a vehicle that will lift you to the height of the door of the plane. They are all different at each airport and some airports use a stair climber. I have not used one of these but all adds to the excitement. :D If you google ambulift you can see a picture of the vehicles, I look at it as a personal vip taxi. If you cannot climb stairs you just need to state this otherwise they will make you climb them which is why being specific about your needs is important when booking the flight, if you need a wheelchair to get you to your seat you will have to transfer to a hannibal lecter type narrow chair. Also you will be asked again at check in what your requirements are and are advised to be early as they may want to board you first but you could be last too depends on lots of variables, including if the plane is being refuelled.

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    Reply To: Accessible Holiday Tips

    I am returning to Lanzarote shortly and have recently visited, Barcelona, Sorrento and Rome. I can only access a plane via the special assistance at airports and this has been pretty good so far. It is important to bear in mind that special assistance is provided by the airport not the airline and HAS to be booked in advance as they have to book the ambulift or whatever assistance you need and airports are busy places. Don’t think that it will all be fine just turning up and expecting them to accommodate you. My wheelchair has always been loaded at the last minute and is ready for me at the other end of the flight. I take my cushion on board the plane with me so we don’t lose it. I don’t use the loo on board the plane but short haul at the moment don’t have disabled loos, but transatlantic should have and on board wheels. You can take two wheelchairs free of charge and other equipment you need because of your disability, read each airline’s policy. You can take assistance dogs. I tend to hire an electric wheelchair at the resort I am staying in and this is at the hotel on arrival.

    If you need advice about hotels etc I would recommend using a disabled holiday specialist in the first instance, if you are not sure, but most holiday companies can accommodate but be aware that the disabled rooms are booked up well in advance and are in the minority with wet room facilities. You can be cheeky and look through the disabled holiday specialist resorts and then book yourself. This is often cheaper but you are not ATOL protected, your flights are via the airline.

    Insurance is the other factor. Be sure to check this prior to booking as in some cases the cost can be prohibitive.

    Because I am a total control freak and we fly from Gatwick I book the premier inn the night before an early morning flight. They also provide valet parking which is fantastic, the hotel is literally yards from check in. We can book our baggage in the night before with the airline we use and fly with minimum hand luggage (a change of clothes is recommended, especially if you are getting connecting flights (our baggage did not make it to our connection but did arrive at the hotel the next day, put your name and address/hotel in each suitcase in case your labels get lost. but we survived). Have a look around for accessible beaches too. I have been able to swim in the sea, something I thought would never happen again because of accessible beaches, with amazing lifeguards and volunteers. Getting there is the most stressful bit.

    Feel free to ask questions I will help if I can :wave:

    Ambassador LizWill
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    Re: Hello from your Advocacy Ambassadors

    Hi, I’m Liz one of the Ambassadors. I have FSH-MD, so I guess you could say this is my specialty. I was at one time a Medical Secretary before I had children so I do know my way a bit around the NHS system and have been through adapting my own home. I will be at the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign’s Muscle Group Meeting in Milton Keynes on 27 February 2015 (weather permitting), I always enjoy the meetings and learn something new each time. Looking forward to hearing from everyone.

    Liz

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