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How to get the first step behind you...

I had the pleasure of visiting with a researcher who documents things that amputees do and specifically documents how technology helps them do more.

It was scheduled to be an hour long interview and it ran a little over 90 minutes. It appears that my efforts to help others do more caught his attention.

It's interesting to me that even a researcher in the prosthetics field is to some extent unaware of how much an amputee can accomplish to live a more full life.

It will be interesting to read his upcoming article that features some specific products but also highlights the things I do as a routine part of my life.

I'm happy to share these things with anyone who wishes to know my "secrets" (actually not secrets at all but rather just little "hacks" I've developed over the past 60 years.  

Schedule a free telephone conference to visit about your goals and how I may be able to help save you some time in achieving them.

January 13, 2022

Travelers With Limited Mobility

Are cruise ships really accessible to folks with mobility issues? Absolutely! More than 90 major cruise ships sailing worldwide have wheelchair-accessible cabins with widened stateroom and bathroom doors, elevators that support wheelchairs, accessible tables in the main dining room and pier assistance on request. At the bottom of this page, you can search for the cruise of your dreams on any of these ships. But first, here are several important issues to consider:

Departure Ports

  • U.S. ports are the most accessible because their pier facilities comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Outside of the United States, port accessibility is less predictable.
  • Many people are able to drive to U.S. or Canadian departure ports, saving money on airfare and avoiding the hassles of flying.

Air Travel

  • Always arrive early at the airport.
  • Ask a security officer for help with your mobility aid and carry-on items as you go through the security checkpoint. Let the security officer know your level of ability (e.g., whether you can walk, stand or perform an arm lift) and whether or not you can walk through the metal detector.
  • Check your chair or scooter at the boarding gate and request that it be brought to you at the gate when you arrive.
  • Consider using gel or foam-filled batteries, also known as dry cells, in your scooter or power chair. The ground crew may remove standard acid-filled batteries, or wet cells, and pack them in special containers for transport.
  • If you use a folding, manual wheelchair you can request that it be stowed in the onboard coat closet (if the plane has one). There is only space for one chair in these closets, and the service is available on a first-come, first-served basis. You should arrive early to make your request.
  • Make sure your name, address and a gate-delivery tag are on your equipment if it's stowed in the plane cargo area.

Stateroom Selection

  • Request a stateroom close to an elevator bank for easy access. Most cruise ships have two or three banks of elevators to service their many decks.

Going Ashore

  • Many destination cruise ports lack sufficient pier space to accommodate all cruise ships, and some ports have no pier at all. If your ship cannot dock at the pier, it will drop anchor offshore and passengers will "tender" into port via small boats. Guests who use wheelchairs may have to be helped down temporary stairs and/or carried on and off these boats. If conditions don't permit safe transfer to the tender (for example, if the seas are rough), the ship's officers may prohibit a guest from being carried aboard a tender if they feel it would compromise the safety of the passenger or crew.

Shore Excursions

  • Cruise passengers with limited mobility should evaluate shore excursion choices carefully. Some lines will arrange tours that can accommodate people with disabilities, and some provide accessibility ratings in their shore excursion booklets. I can work with you and the cruise line to determine which cruises offer accessible shore excursions and even better I can help you through the first trip and you can become your own pro/advocate.

Equipment Rental and Delivery

  • If you require the use of a mobility device such as a scooter or wheelchair but prefer not to travel with your own equipment, we can recommend a reliable vendor who rents quality equipment and can have it delivered to the cruise ship. The options are many and you get to be in charge. Just book a call and I'll help you get it all figured-out.

January 2022

With 2022 here, now is the time to take back control! 

Get in touch today, and I will guide you.

Meetup Online to discuss Travel Options

Thomas Allred - The Amputee Nomad is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting. Topic: MeetUp to meet other folks interested in enjoying the adventures of travel by Air, Rail and Ship.

Zoom Meeting Time: Apr 21, 2022 07:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada) Join Zoom Meeting  

Topic: Thomas Allred's Zoom Meeting

Time: Apr 21, 2022 07:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

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