Accessibility for seniors

Learning to cope with a disability is challenging at the best of times but in today’s world, there are an abundance of resources out there to help you adapt. From everyday living to getting around, helpful advice is never far away.

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Learning to cope with a disability is challenging at the best of times but in today’s world, there is an abundance of resources out there to help you adapt. From everyday living to getting around, helpful advice is never far away.

Getting around

A big part of adapting to life with a disability is about discovering ways to get out and about on your own without having to rely on others.

Public transport

Most public transport services inAustraliaprovide easy access for those travelling with disabilities; however, not all lines or routes are the same. At most Metropolitan train stations, the train driver will help people travelling in wheelchairs or mobility devices move aboard with the use of a ramp. Most buses will offer the same services.

For more information about the accessible public transport services in your state, click below:

Adelaide

Melbourne

Perth

Queensland

NSW

Tasmania

Canberra


Taxis

Wheelchair accessible taxi services will usually have a website that specifies the dimensions of wheelchairs and mobility devices that they are able to accommodate. Booking a wheelchair accessible taxi over the phone is simple and with most taxi services offering a discount rate for passengers with disabilities, it is also affordable.

Car modification

If you are still quite fit and determined to remain independent, you may be able to modify your car so that you can still drive your car as you please. This option largely depends on the scope of your disability and whether you are willing to take a test to regain your driver’s licence.

Community transport

Many volunteer organisations run community transport services to assist those with disabilities to get to their everyday appointments. Depending on the organisation, they may or may not be able to accommodate wheelchairs or mobility devices. A small fee for the service may apply to cover expenses. You can usually find information on these services through your local community house or government.

Travel

If you are living with a disability, there is no reason why you should have to put those travel dreams on hold. Accessibility-friendly accommodation is no longer difficult to find; and with our nifty toilet map, you’ll have all your rest breaks planned out ahead of time.

Accommodation

Finding accommodation for your trip is not as hard as it sounds. A lot of today’s motels and hotels are accessibility-friendly and happy to cater to your needs. Our favourite websites for accommodation searches are nican and stayz, two great resources to help you find the perfect place to stay. Once you have decided on a destination, you’ll find that you have so many options that you will be spoilt for choice.

Rest breaks

When you are travelling with somebody that has difficulties with mobility, it is a good idea to plan out a route with regular rest breaks. There’s nothing worse than pulling up at a public toilet that does not cater for your needs. This handy toilet map will never have you searching for a restroom again! 



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