Accessible Travel Programs and Funds

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When it comes to travelling, it can be quite tricky. Travelling is expensive enough and when you have a disability, the costs can mount up. This could be a result of equipment you need to bring, or if you are travelling with a support person. Luckily, many companies offer deals to those travelling with a companion which makes it easier on your wallet.

Here is a list of companies with disability travel programs you can take advantage of!

 Free CompanionAssistive Device OnboardMedical AssessmentOther Comments
TTCYes*YesYes**Support Person Assistance Card required
Toronto Island FerryYesYesN/A
Go TransitYes*YesN/A*Support Person Ticket required
MegabusYesYes*N/A*Call in advance. Depends on bus.
GreyhoundYes*YesYes**Easter Seals Disability Travel Card required
VIA RailYes*YesYes**Easter Seals Disability Travel Card required
Porter AirlinesYes*Yes^Yes**Must fill out application
^Must transfer out and stored in cargo
West JetYes*Yes^Yes**Must fill out application
^Must transfer out and stored in cargo
Air CanadaYes*Yes^Yes**Must fill out application. Only within Canada
^Must transfer out and stored in cargo

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And since you’ll be travelling across Canada, you will want to get an Access-2-Entertainment Card. This card allows persons with a disability to get free admission or a significant discount for their companion at a wide variety of attractions across Canada. Once you have the card, all you have to do is present it when you buy tickets with your companion when you go to a movie or attractions. You can find out more about the card here.

Easter Seals also offers a travel card. The card offers it’s holder discounts to their support person when travelling with participating partners. You can read more about that  here.

March of Dimes

March of Dimes Canada offers one-day trips that allow you to enjoy outings to art galleries, museums, casinos, sporting events, festivals, boat cruises, and beautiful destinations in Southern Ontario. All destinations are wheelchair accessible.

 

Wicked World Tours
The idea for the charity Wicked World Tours came from Patrick and Ali Knox who wanted to see the ‘wicked world we live in’ and to research what the potential was for wheelchair users. to enjoy adventurous travel. The brothers were diagnosed with Friedreich’s Ataxia, which limited their mobility but not their imagination, and with a team of helpers and friends, they undertook a fabulous journey. Between June 2003 and May 2004 they visited more than 50 towns and cities in 10 countries, fundraising for all the stages. They set up Wicked World Tours Charity so that their experiences could help make it possible for others to travel.

Wicked World Tours has benefited from the generous donations of supporters who believe that disability should not prevent people from travelling. The charity has set up a Grants Programme and invites people with disabilities to apply for money to help them undertake adventurous travel.

Alexis Pastuch
About Alexis Pastuch 37 Articles
I enjoy spending time with friends and family. I am proud to be a part of this team that talks about issues regarding disability because I think it needs to be heard.

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