There are increasing numbers of places providing accessible accommodation which allows those living with disabilities to experience a wider level of choice when planning a trip away. There are several organisations which can provide useful information regarding accessible accommodation and holidays and here is a roundup of the best ones.
Ideas is a disability support organisation that provides lots of information and assistance for all aspects of life. Ideas provides a list of accessible accommodation by area as well as listings for accessible holiday companies. Find out more here.
Special Care Travel
Special Care Travel provides supported holidays for small group tours and individuals and includes 24-hour care and assistance. Their trips also include return travel from tour departure point and all breakfast, lunch and dinners. Special Care Travel offers holidays ranging from the Gold Coast, Singapore and cruises along the Mediterranean. Find out more here.
TripAdvisor is a large worldwide travel website with information on hotels, activities and travel related forums. When looking for accommodation, you can change the accommodation search parameters to include ‘accessible rooms’ and ‘wheelchair access’ but we would always recommend contacting the accommodation directly to confirm their accessibility before finalising any payments. Find out more here.
Airbnb is an accommodation booking site where you can search for accommodation provided by people in their own homes or properties. For accessible accommodation searches you need to modify the search criteria, instructions are provided here. You may also need to message the hosts to double-check they are able to meet your requirements.
We hope these resources help you to plan a great holiday and if you do have any feedback, or would like more information and support in planning your trip, then please call our Information Line on 02 8877 0999.
For people affected by bushfires
While we hope you’re searching for accessible accommodation for a lovely family getaway, with the current bushfire crisis we are highly aware some of our members may be searching for accessible accommodation because you have been evacuated from your home.
People who have been displaced by the fires and need a place to stay for themselves or animals can contact Find A Bed Australia. You can also register with them if you would like to volunteer a spare room in your home.
Accessible Accommodation has also launched a Facebook group to connect people to accommodation that meets their accessibility needs and you can find the group here.
If you are affected by the fires our thoughts are with you and your loved ones. Please check out our 10 Bushfire safety tips for people with MND and stay safe.