One area of traveling with pain that I haven’t delved into yet is travel agencies and tour operators–particularly specialty firms that handle disabilities. Most of the specialists have the deepest knowledge about visible disabilities, but this post makes it clear that the 5 companies listed should be able to handle some of the invisible disability spectrum as well.
What needs to happen next: travel agencies and tour operators, particularly those who purport to specialize in disability travel, learn how to work with travelers with hidden disabilities. How’s that going to happen? Education. Which brings us to some good news–I’m going to be speaking at the 2011 annual SATH World Congress! I am the first speaker they’ve had who specializes in travel for people with hidden disabilities, and a bunch of travel agents and tour operators will be listening to me. I’m giving an hour-long talk about the Identification, Care, and Feeding of Travelers With Hidden Disabilities and participating in a panel on Self Advocacy.
If you happen to be planning to go to the SATH congress and you read TWP, please come up and say hi to me while we’re on board the cruise. I’d love to meet my readers!
If you’ve got something you wish your travel agent knew about when handling travelers with hidden disabilities, comment here. No promises, but I might be able to include your idea in one of my talks.