Special Needs Disney Vacation In Orlando
For those visiting Orlando theme parks, Disney World, Universal, Sea World and other vacation attractions in Florida. If you have a special need or are visiting the parks with someone with a special need, we are happy to assist you to plan your Disney World family vacation. If you are getting ready to go in a cruise and need special equipments and assistance Contact us and let us know what are your needs.
Twenty percent (62 million) of the U.S. population has some form of disability, and the number of these individuals is increasing daily. Studies show that 24 million disabled Americans would travel/travel more frequently if their special needs were met.
Baby Boomers and mature adults took 340 million domestic vacations in 2006 and 110 million international trips from 2004-2006. These markets contain many “slow walkers” individuals who do not consider themselves disabled, but who could benefit from special needs products and services.
Traveling With A Service Animal
In March 15, 2011, the Americans with Disabilities Act changed the definition of a “service animal” as a dog that has been individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability. The rule states that other animals, whether wild or domestic, do not qualify as service animals. Thus, only service dogs are legally allowed in public places.
Animals that alert or respond to a disability related need or emergency such as seizure, extreme social anxiety or panic attack can be qualified as a service animal provided that you have documentation from a medical professional. Service animals are not exempt from compliance with quarantine regulations and so may not be allowed to travel to all international destinations. They are also subject to US animal import regulations on return (see Chapter 6, Taking Animals and Animal Products across International Borders). However, carriers must permit guide dogs or other service animals with appropriate identification to accompany a person with a disability on a flight. Carriers must permit a service animal to accompany a traveler with a disability to any seat in which the person sits, unless the animal obstructs an aisle or other area that must remain clear to facilitate an emergency evacuation, in which case the passenger will be assigned another seat
However, the Air Carrier Access Act (ACAA) governs service animals on airplanes and the rules are different. Generally, the ACAA requires airlines to allow passengers with disabilities to be accompanied by service animals other than dogs. They are not required to accommodate unusual service animals such as snakes, ferrets and spiders. Check with your airline.
- If you are traveling with an emotional support or psychiatric service animal, you may be required by the airline to provide 48 hours advance notice. You must also contact the airline if your flight with a service dog is longer than 8 hours.
- Other federal laws recently enacted include the requirement to provide animal relief areas at airports, which became effective in 2009 for U.S. carriers and 2010 for foreign carriers.