April 1, 2017 Jeff Conner of Pacific Mobility
While Southern California’s climate makes year-round tourism easy for visitors, the challenges faced by those with disabilities are not often address in the travel forums. Whether you are a local of Los Angeles, Orange County, the Inland Empire, or even of San Diego, the list of wondrous places to visit in this city are well worth the time to figure out the accessibility options.
If you’ve already purchased your electric scooter, powerchair or other high-quality equipment at Pacific Mobility Center of San Marcos or Huntington Beach, then you are well on your way to the freedom to explore the sights!
We recommend these fabulous resources for visiting San Diego with disabled access and venue services from the San Diego Tourism Authority:
-No matter the time of year, a trip to San Diego isn’t complete without time spent at the beach. To make sure that all San Diego visitors can enjoy the sand and water, free beach wheelchairs are available at seven San Diego beaches for children and adults with special needs or disabilities.
-Looking for a special night out? San Diego abounds with award-winning theatre and concert options that meet the needs of theatre visitors with disabilities.
-Enjoy seeing the San Diego sights as narrated by a local expert. Accessible San Diego sightseeing tours happen on land or water, via a bus, boat or old-fashioned trolley.
–Disabled shopping enthusiasts can spend hours exploring San Diego’s unique retail districts, whether checking out the major outdoor malls or the unrivaled bargains at the region’s popular outlet centers.
-Don’t miss two of San Diego’s most popular annual events, the Del Mar Racing Season from mid-July through early September or the Comic-con Convention in July. Both provide special services for disabled visitors.
Additional SDTA Travel Tips
-Call ahead. Service providers are required to accommodate travelers with special needs, however, most need some time to make the necessary arrangements. Mention your needs at the time of reservation, and call the provider 24 to 48 hours before your arrival to confirm that proper accommodations have been made.
-Be specific and clear when describing a disability. Not all service providers know the “lingo” of accessible travel, or the medical terms for certain conditions. Give as many details as you can about what you can and can’t do, and don’t downplay the severity of the disability. The more information a service provider has, the better they will be able to accommodate you.
-Take a doctor’s note and phone number. Travel with a statement from your doctor, preferably on letterhead, covering your condition, medications, potential complications, special needs and other pertinent information. Be sure you have a number where your doctor (or another medical professional) can be reached in an emergency situation at any hour of the day.
Your enjoyment of travel in the San Diego region should not be limited by mobility challenges! Pacific Mobility Center is a family-owned company with extensive experience and modern options for independence. Contact me for your chance to tour this beautiful Southern California area!