AYL Travel Tips - Accessibility Abroad

AYL Travel Tips - Accessibility Abroad

We all know that many parts of the world have a reputation for not being very accessible, due to the fact so many buildings/areas/public spaces were not designed to accommodate guests with disabilities. Whilst there will always be challenges surrounding accessibility, I have learnt first hand that the more research you do, the more accessible and successful your trip will be. Obviously you need to consider your own situation when choosing which attractions to visit, which hotels to stay in, which restaurants to dine in, as well as which things you might want to avoid! 

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AYL Travel Tips - Protecting Your Wheelchair

AYL Travel Tips - Protecting Your Wheelchair

It can be quite scary to trust an airline to look after your medical equipment during a flight, especially if you’ve seen some of the horror stories in the news recently! But it is important to remember that for every negative experience, there are hundreds of wheelchair users flying every day who don’t have any issues. In order to try and minimise the chances of your wheelchair getting lost or damaged, I have shared some of the tips and tricks I have learnt over the years!

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AYL Travel Tips - Booking Accommodation & Transport

AYL Travel Tips - Booking Accommodation & Transport

Organising a trip abroad is naturally quite a time consuming task, especially if you aren’t relying on a travel agency/organisation to coordinate the different aspects of your trip. But once you add a wheelchair, medical supplies, assistance dog, dietary requirements, allergies and a chronic condition into the mix, you can expect to be doing a lot of research!

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AYL Travel Tips - Pre Flight Tips

AYL Travel Tips - Pre Flight Tips

Some of the tips in part 3 of our travel series may seem obvious or unimportant to some, but they are actually quite useful to anyone travelling with a disability! For example, choosing an appropriate flight time, booking passenger assistance and organising your medication.

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AYL Travel Tips - Passenger Assistance

AYL Travel Tips - Passenger Assistance

If you have mobility difficulties, you may require additional assistance to get around an airport both before and after your flight. Even if you are fairly mobile, travelling often involves lots of walking; so there are various services in place to assist passengers of all abilities!

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AYL Travel Tips - Hidden Disability

AYL Travel Tips - Hidden Disability

Last year I had the opportunity to test out a green lanyard with yellow sunflowers on, as part of a hidden disability support system that will be rolling out across all UK airports at some point in the near future. So after flying to America and London, I thought I would share my thoughts incase some of you are nervous about going to the airport this summer!

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GIFTED - Flexzi Attachment From MERU

GIFTED - Flexzi Attachment From MERU

Flexzi is a funky, flexible gadget stand that provides support for items like buddy buttons, iPads and mobile phones. It is made from a single, double or triple strand of flexible plastic segments that allows perfect positioning of your devices. I was kindly GIFTED a Flexzi 1 in exchange for a review, but all of the opinions in the blog post are my own.

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Spice World 2019

Spice World 2019

Last month I went to see the Spice Girls at the Stadium of Light in Sunderland and I am still in awe of how incredible the show was! I vowed never to go back to this stadium after several awful experiences, but I couldn’t pass at the chance to see the Spice Girls live! To my surprise the entire set up had completely changed, making it the easiest concert I have ever attended in terms of accessibility. 

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Naidex 2019 Trip Report

Naidex 2019 Trip Report

Last month we exhibited at Europe's largest disability exhibition called Naidex. This annual event takes place at the NEC in Birmingham and this year Naidex celebrated their 45th show! The event showcases the latest innovative products, live demos, seminars, networking opportunities and more! There were 350 cutting-edge exhibitors, meaning we were part of an incredible line up!

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WheelPower Sports Event

In November the AYL team went to a Get Active Sports Event by WheelPower, at Stoke Mandeville Stadium. People of all ages and abilities were getting involved in a large variety of sports – from archery to Boccia! I really didn’t expect to have so much fun, or to be able to participate in many different sports.

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Changing Places Toilets

Changing Places Toilets

Until I became dependent on the use of a wheelchair, I didn’t have to worry about where I would go to the toilet when out of the house. But I now have to plan every outing in advance, to ensure there is an accessible toilet in close proximity. Thankfully there is usually at least one around, but for some people standard disabled toilets just aren't sufficient.

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Life After Loopwheels

Life After Loopwheels

It wasn’t until I met a lady with a pair of Loopwheels and saw how much they had helped her, that I knew I had to try them out. The lady suggested I sign up to the Loopwheels try before you buy scheme. This was something that immediately interested me, as I didn’t want to spend so much money on a device that might not work for me. It’s really hard to gauge if a piece of equipment meets your needs, by testing it in a shop for 10 minutes. Users need to be able to see how a device fits into their routine, if it makes certain activities easier and improves their quality of life.

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Positive Aspects Of Being A Wheelchair User

Positive Aspects Of Being A Wheelchair User

Being dependent on the use of a wheelchair is definitely not easy. Not only do you encounter many physical hurdles linked with accessibility, but it can also be mentally challenging at times too. It certainly isn’t our fault that we need to use a wheelchair to get around, yet why do we continually have to overcome so many barriers?! 

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