Want to know more about disability holidays and caravans for the disabled? Then read on ...
As a family we really enjoy caravanning and we think that caravanning should be enjoyed by the disabled as well as the able-bodied.
Although most caravans would be suitable to be used for disability holidays with some modifications, we have only come across two caravans which have been designed specifically for the disabled.
The New and Exclusive Axcess Caravan built by Adria to Mr Simon Fry’s specification. The Axcess combines the benefits of a touring caravan with the ability to have the caravan customised to accommodate the requirements of a disabled user. A wide access door, standard ramp, easy access wet room, rear double bed with individually adjustable back rests makes the caravan user friendly for those that requiring wheelchair access. The specially designed interior combines reverse L shaped lounge to allow a wheel chair to be manoeuvred with ease and the unique drop down sink ideal for wheelchair users.
The specification includes Alko ATC trailer control, Alko Delta chassis, Radio CD player, TV aerial, Microwave, Alloy wheels. The wet room has a new moulded shower tray and the option of either standard WC or bench toilet, a separate area houses the flip down basin. A large number of options/extras are available to enable the caravan meet the requirements of the maximum number of users including electric hoist, electric bed back, movers etc. Built by Adria to UK specifications the caravan is NCC approved and comes with Adria’s 6 year damp and water ingress warranty and their standard 3 year warranty. The Axcess is VAT free to accredited users.
Frys Caravans in East Yorkshire have them on permanent display, or you can visit their website at www.frys.co.uk/frystar_axcess.
If your budget doesn't stretch quite that far, most caravans can be adapted to suit your needs. Simple things like handles can be retro-fitted. There are many different types of access steps on the market as well as ramps if needed. Check all these products out at your local caravan dealership.
The following is taken from the direct.gov website and gives information regarding what caravan sites, or any service provider, should be doing for the disabled.
Any service provider who provides a service to the public in the UK, whether they charge for it or not, has duties under the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA).
Service Providers' Responsibilities:
Service providers include holiday accommodation, tourist attractions, restaurants and transport providers.
They cannot refuse to serve you as a disabled person or provide a lower standard of service because of your disability unless it can be justified.
Service providers may need to make 'reasonable adjustments' to any barriers that may prevent a disabled person using or accessing their service.
What is a reasonable adjustment?
Under the DDA, service providers only need to make changes that are 'reasonable'. These might include simple changes to layout, improved signage and information and staff training which can improve accessibility to disabled customers.
It's about what is practical to the service provider's individual situation and what resources they may have. They will not be required to make changes that are impractical or beyond their means.
Examples of reasonable changes that can be made include:
Good for business:
Making their services more accessible will not only benefit disabled people but could encourage recommendations and return visits.
If you have any other information about disability holidays and caravans for the disabled which we have not mentioned, please let us know.
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