When you think of a life with multiple sclerosis, spontaneity is not a word that is often top of mind. Because of that, it is important to always plan ahead when it comes to outings and trips to avoid both complications and disappointment. When it comes to planning an outing, usually the onus for preparation will fall on others, and I hope that this post will be of some assistance. Although different outings require different accessibility functions, there are some common requirements. The most important thing to do before making any plans, is deciding where you want to go and what you realistically expect from it.
The first consideration for planning an outing is figuring out how to get there. Here are a few things to consider:
Don’t forget about circulation space!
There can be great difference between accessible venues and a location where some proprietors have obviously made unwarranted claims of accessibility. It is devastating to find, often too late, that the venue is inaccessible. I would recommend an internet appraisal of the proposed venue in the first instance including its own website but also looking at recent reviews if they are available. It would be an enormous advantage if someone, aware of your requirements, could actually visit before you do. The degree of accessibility required will vary with each individual, but in my own case I need accessibility for a manual wheelchair. I remember staying in a hotel and my wheelchair could get into the bedroom but not into the bathroom. So before you get somewhere, it is important to consider whether or not the venue is appropriately ramped or if there are steps at the entrance.
Planning an outing shouldn’t be an overwhelming experience, but it is necessary to always think ahead of your requirements, and the requirements of those around you.
These are all parts of the jigsaw and if any individual piece is missing the puzzle cannot be completed.