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LIST: DISABILITY & 'SPECIAL NEEDS' HOLIDAY SERVICES

These are British based travel companies specialising in travel arrangements, accommodation and holidays for disabled travellers, especially those with limited mobility or with special needs such as wheelchair access, nursing/care, or dialysis.
Acacia Africa 020 7706 4700 Specialist tour operator to Africa offering bush safaris and other tours in Africa for disabled travellers.
Access Africa 020 8851 3065 Wheelchair accessible holidays and safaris in South Africa.
Access Travel 01942 888844 Holiday properties & facilities in Tenerife, Algarve, Lanzerote, Cyprus, Florida, France, Majorca, Malta, Rhodes and Spain.
Assistance Travel Service 01708 8631998 Holidays and travel assistance in the UK, Mediterranean and worldwide.
Can Be Done 020 8907 2400 City breaks and holidays in Europe and the USA.
Chalfont Line 01895 459540 Escorted holidays and transport services for the elderly and those with special needs.
Disabled Holiday Directory 01457 837578 Lists holiday accommodation and holidays services for the disabled and handicapped in the UK, Ireland, Europe, & USA.
Discount Mobility USA 001 561 361 9384 Company in the USA that provides wheelchair accessible vehicle rentals, medical equipment rental and accessible villas in the Orlando/Walt Disney World area.
Enable Holidays 0871 222 4939 Holiday service for disabled travellers to Florida, Greece, the Canaries, Greece and Spain, set up by travel agent Suzanne Wardle who realised the need for it when a road accident left her in a wheelchair for six months. Enable is based on a detailed accessability audit of over 60 hotels/resorts in nine destinations.
Holidays for Diabetics 0845 1252752 Holidays in Finnish Lapland for diabetics. A sub=brand of Canterbury Travel who specialise in wintertime (Santa tours) and summer tours to the region.
Medical Travel 00 1 561 361 9384 A Full Service Medical Travel Agency in the USA that caters to people with Special Medical Needs, such as Oxygen Rentals, Power Chair Rentals, Scooter Rentals and Resort Wheelchair Accessible Villas.
Traveleyes 08448 040 221 starHand-made, multi-sensory group holidays for both blind and sighted travellers. Founded by entrepreneur and TV/film director Amar Latif, 36, who became 95% blind by the age of 19 and subsequently discovered that access to world travel for a blind person was fraught with pitfalls, problems, rejections and restrictions.

Notes

  • Accessibility Pass is a global certification scheme that classifies hotels' and conference centers' accessibility level, based on their infrastructure, services & personnel skills, and enables people with accessibility needs to find them.
  • Flying with Disability is a useful website with advice on practicalities and legal rights for travellers with disabilities.
  • Smooth Ride Guides publish guides for people with mobility difficulties or using a wheelchair, covering activities, attractions, accommodation and leisure and sporting facilities in France and the UK.
  • Sporting Activities for the Disabled is a charitable trust providing sports equipment for sailing and skiing, operated by equpment retailer Snow & Rock.
  • Able Travel is a site set up by a quadriplegic adventurer who offers wheelchair accessible adventure travel in Africa (mostly) and worldwide.
  • Endeavour Safaris are based in Cape Town and offer safaris in Zambia, Botswana, Namibia and South Africa using specially modified Toyota Landcruisers for travellers in wheelchairs.
  • Egypt for All specialise in accessible travel and tours in Egypt - getting disabled travellers to historical sites, out into the desert, and even up Mt Sinai!
  • Vitalise is a national charity providing short breaks (respite care) and other services for disabled people, visually impaired people, and carers.

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