Friday, March 25, 2011

Traveling with a blind companion

Trust me when I tell you that this could be one of the more challenging but at the same time rewarding experiences. When both of us are unable to see enough to find our way, we have to use our skills, depend on each other, and be brave about it.

Firstly, we need to ensure that the airline knows that we need help. When we land at our destination, we have to ensure that we get help to find our luggage and then a cab to the hotel and when we get to the hotel we have to ensure that we can find our way to and from our room.

I have a few pointers for those blind persons who wish to travel together.
1. Inform the airline that you need assistance all the way. Because you are unable to use the self-check-in at the kiosks, it is always a wise idea to show up even a bit earlier than the normal check-in time.
2. Make sure that you identify yourself to the agents at the desk. You would need to ensure that the person bringing you to the airport could at least find you a porter who can take you up to the desk.
3. Make sure that you have requested the same type of help at your destination.
4. At the hotel, it may be wise to request a room on one of the lower floors to avoid any complications with the elevators.
5. If there are no Braille or large print labels on the door to your room, then you may want to place some tape on your door to help with the identification process.
6. Never hesitate to ask the front desk for help. They are almost always very helpful.
7. Most hotel rooms are almost always laid out in the same way so once you get the hang of it, it should not be too difficult.

I hope this helps and you can learn more about how blind persons travel by going to www.traveleyes.com.

I'm Donna J. Jodhan your friendly accessibility advocate wishing you a terrific day and encouraging you to go out there and share my blogs with others.

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