Summer can be a great time to have fun in the sun and spend time with friends and family. That can be difficult for someone who has special needs, but with the right accommodations anyone join in on the fun.
1. Consider renting medical equipment
Personally, I have had problems with gimpy air travel. If you have ever been appauld to see some of the videos of how terrible they treat disabled passengers, then you won’t be surprised by how they bang up baggage, even if it is medical. I love my wheelchair almost as much as my husband, but I usually rent a different one when I travel. Not only does it protect my gimp-mobile, it also gives me the opportunity to try out the latest technology and I usually get a power chair to conserve energy. This also goes for beds, bathroom stuff, patient lifts, etc.
2. Don’t be a Gremlin
Thanks to medicine or certain conditions, many of us are sensitive to the sun. Using sunscreen is a great idea, but there are so many other options to choose from too. Wearing extra dark sunglasses protect your eyes from those harmful rays, but it is essential for those of us with light triggered migraines. Amazon sells clothing with extra SPF, but just a t shirt offers a little extra protection while swimming. You can also attach a canopy to your wheelchair or go full on Scarlett Ohara and use a parasol.
3. Always ask about accessibility before you make reservations
I know that every public place is supposed to be accessible to everyone, but it just isn’t so. ADA laws have only been in place for a quarter century. Maybe after a few more decades, we can expect them to finally be followed everywhere. Until then, you need to call ahead to make certain that your needs will be met. Sometimes places believe they are compliant, but they don’t really understand what that means so be specific. Also, many special events like concerts and theaters have limited seating for wheelchair users and some historical sites are exempt from ADA. Nothing is sadder than getting left in the gift shop because you have nowhere to sit at the stadium.
4. Comfortable camping
I must admit that I squealed like a little girl when I got the chance to try this one. While everyone is trying to climb over rocks or jump off waterfalls or whatever able bodied people do when they camp, I will be obeying TLC. (Don’t go chasing waterfall, please stick to the rivers and the lakes that you’re used to) and lounging around in this baby. It can be adjusted in many ways and thanks to the new design you won’t have to worry about blowing it up or lugging around an air compressor.
5. Fire up the grill
Many of us have restricted diets due to allergic reactions, weight maintenance or even just a desire to have the most nutritious food. Grills are not just for burgers and hotdogs anymore. Even a novice griller will have no problem cooking veggies, fish and fruit with grill mats. They provide a non stick surface that also keeps the food from falling off the tines. They can be used over and over again plus they are super simple to clean. Now go have a grilled peach for me.
As always if you have anything to add, please share your ideas with the group. You can find these and all of my other favorite products on my summertime shopping list on my Amazon profile.