The world is now more accessible than ever before. Twenty percent (62 million) of the U.S. population has some form of disability, and the number of these individuals is increasing daily. These people need to, want to, and can travel. If you’re part of that twenty percent, a world of travel awaits you.

Travel professionals such as myself who are accessible travel advocates certified by Special Needs Group, the leading global provider of special needs equipment for the travel industry, have unique, specialized knowledge about how to help individuals with disabilities enjoy a wonderful, hassle-free and memorable trip. There are many travelers with physical disabilities and unique mobility needs that are out there exploring the world and looking for the thrill of the adventure.

Joe Stone soaring high above the ground with the beautiful mounrains in the background, in his adaptive speed flying equipment.

Photo Credit: Mike Packard

How it works:

With True North planning your travel, we will work together on the below areas to ensure that when you travel, you are ready to go.

Outline your travel needs

  • We’ll take time to evaluate the logistics of your trip in relation to your ability to keep pace.
  • We’ll evaluate your unique needs and find the best destinations and accommodations for you.

Plan Ahead

  • We’ll check on the access to public rooms, restaurants, bars, toilets, the swimming pool, hot tub, beach area and other amenities. Everything from scooters, lifts, ramps, TDD kits and special mattresses, including special needs cribs, is available for rental.
  • Whether you are headed for a cruise ship, hotel or all-inclusive resort, we’ll double check for wheelchair access at that venue, plus any venues you will be visiting on the trip.
  • We’ll confirm that accessible hotel rooms, resort accommodations or ship staterooms are available for your travel dates. The earlier you book, the better your chances of securing fully accessible accommodations. And early booking increases your chances of securing a ground floor hotel room or cruise stateroom near the elevator, if these issues are important.
  • If you want to participate in soft or hard adventures, we’ll set you up with companies that already have adaptive equipment to make it possible. From white water rafting and speed flying to hand cycling and Stand Up Paddle Boarding, there are companies around the world that are already making these experiences accessible to travelers.
  • We need to know if you already own a scooter or portable oxygen, the policy and procedures are different for bringing that equipment onboard all the transport vehicles included in your itinerary, from planes to taxis to ferry boats. Keep in mind, most airlines need at least 48 hours’ notice to make special arrangements, and be prepared to fill out forms.
  • If road travel or car excursions are part of the trip, we’ll secure vehicles that are modified for drivers or passengers with mobility limitations. We’ll check ahead to make sure a suitable vehicle will be available for your travel dates. If you will be hiring a car or van, we’ll make sure the company is aware of your special needs.
  • When traveling with a limitation or disability, full travel insurance for medical coverage abroad and trip cancellation insurance are even more important and strongly advised.

Photo credit: Kevin May

I look forward to helping you with all of your accessible travel needs!

Contact Tracy Larson at and follow her on social media @truenorthtraveldesign.


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