National Spinal Cord Injury Association Resource Center

Factsheet #15:
Travel After Spinal Cord Injury


Arranging travel is a fairly straight-forward process for non-disabled individuals. Most people contact a travel agency, choose a destination and hope that their baggage and the sun follow them.

For the traveler with a spinal cord injury (SCI), or other disability, there is much more to consider when planning a trip. Anxiety about air-travel, the accessibility of accommodations and transportation and attitudinal barriers can be extra "baggage" for the novice traveler with SCI. With proper planning, these issues can be minimized, and often avoided.

The purpose of this factsheet is to assist people with SCI to travel with greater ease and comfort. It provides useful travel tips, an overview of applicable laws and a listing of up-to-date resources.

For a complete text of this fact sheet, join NSCIA.

NSCIA, 8/95

NSCIA gratefully acknowledges Ken MacDonald, Lorri McGarvey and Joe Regan for preparation of this factsheet. This factsheet is offered as an information service and is not intended to cover all services available, nor is it an endorsement of the agencies listed. Any information you may have to offer to further update this factsheet would be greatly appreciated. The National Spinal Cord Injury Association Resource Center (NSCIRC) provides information and referral on any subject related to spinal cord injury. Contact the resource center at 1-800-962-9629.


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