Disabled people who are wheelchair users, be it manual or powered, face a challange when deciding to travel no matter if in their own country or abroad. Typical questions to be answered include, "can I get from the airport to my hotel in an adapted accessible vehicle"; "I can transfer from my manual wheelchair but only into a standard saloon, can I do this for a transfer from the airport"; "I need a hotel room that has an accessible roll-in shower, how can I reserve one as websites don't offer this option"; "I need a wheelchair pusher, are they available in Barcelona etc"; "I want to hire a self drive vehicle to tour Spain that is wheelchair adapted, how do I do this"; "is Barcelona wheelchair friendly"; "is Madrid wheelchair friendly"; "is Valencia wheelchair friendly"; "I need to hire a power chair, is this possible in Barcelona, Madrid, Valencia, Malaga"; "I want to hire a wheelchair for the duration of my cruise which starts in Barcelona, can I do this?" These are a small sample of typical questions asked by wheelchair users and to which I have the answers for Spain. Questions related to medical care are beyond the scope of my experience.
I am the Managing Director of Accessible Services. My company offers three branded services two of which are relevant to this 'AllExperts' site, Disabled Accessible Travel (http://www.disabledaccessibletravel.com) offering accessible services to the disabled in 51 countries, and Wheelchair Accessible Barcelona (http://www.wheelchair-accessible-barcelona.es) offering specialised services to the disabled within the Metropolitan boundaries of Barcelona and further afield. In addition to my key area of work I speak at international conferences the last of which was the World Travel Market where in 2010 I was a keynote speaker for the Travel Agent seminar on Accessible Travel for the Disabled. I am a Founder member of the Global Network for Entrepreneurs with Disabilities acting as advisor on Travel & Tourism for new business start-ups by disabled people. I act also as a consultant on accessible issues such as access to tourist sites, hotels, and other issues pertinent to access. I am a registered disabled (rated 40% disability by the Government of Catalunya)person in Spain.
I maintain an informative blog offering guidance and information on issues pertaining to accessible travel for the disabled http://blog.disabledaccessibletravel.com Research papers have been included in a number of International Conferences (as such they are not 'published' works)and blogs related to Accessible Travel.
My educational background is mixed and reflects careers in a diverse range of professions, all at managerial and business ownership level. I hold degrees in Education, Business Management, and Music; a post graduate Diploma in Conducting; and a Masters in Accounting. I also hold a variety of travel industry related Certificates and Diplomas.
Under the brand of Disabled Accessible Travel we manage the services for a number of leading American travel agencies; for many of the Canadian Expedia Cruise Ship Centres and for a variety of UK based agencies and private companies. Amongst the many world wide companies and institutions that have consulted with me is the Vatican Musuem, Rome.
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Hi Edward Following on from my previous answers to your questions and in respect to the follow on question regarding "Can you recommend travel agencies experience?d in assisting handicapped senior citizens"
Hi Edward from a very hot and sunny Barcelona. Taking your query regarding a transfer from El Prat Internation Airport, Barcelona to a City Centre hotel first - the answer is that this is a straightforward
Hi Terri Many thanks for your question and I hope I can help out regarding Barcelona. I would certainly advise that Barcelona has to be one of the 'must visit' areas of Spain to visit if only to
Hi Elly Many thanks for your question which is a common one for Malaga I'm afraid, also apologies for the delay in answering the query which was due to a short vacation on my part. The first thing
Hi Catherine There are a number of options for you but my main suggestion is to contact David or Isabel at SOL ACCESS SERVICE S.L.L. Tel./ Fax + 34 922 765 186 both of whom speak excellent English.