Let's go travelling!

As the holiday season is soon approaching, we're bringing you some ideas to plan your next holiday. Read on to find out more...

Abilympics WA

Photo courtesy of Jane Hutch 

Do you have a special work skill and would love to travel at the same time? If you say yes to both, check out Abilympics.

Abilympics is the world's largest skill competition featuring people with disabilities. It's the perfect opportunity for people with disabilities to demonstrate their abilities in a competition setting and travel to another country too! You will also have the opportunity to explore a different culture, make new friends and create life long memories. 

Abilympics WA will accompany you with a team of health professionals who are able to assist in activities of daily living. Health professionals include a physiotherapist, nurses and several people who will assist with transfers as required. They will also financially assist participants with transport costs, accomodation, dinners and sightseeing tours. 

The last Abilympics was held in Bordeaux, France in March 2016 and the next Abilympics is in 2020. What are you waiting for? Make practising and improving your vocational skills as your New Years resolution to represent WA for the next Abilympics!

Tips for air travel

Thinking of flying to a holiday destination but not sure what will be involved?

Managing incontinence on a plane may pose a number of issues but incontinence should not stop you from travelling. Most airlines require that people who cannot care for themselves travel with a companion who can assist with personal care functions such as emptying legbags and urinals to assisting with transfers to/from the toilet. 

Here are some quick tips for air travel taken from the SCIA website:

  • Although it is important to maintain adequate hydration, you might plan to reduce fluid consumption before boarding so that you need fewer bathroom visits or legbag emptying. Avoid caffeine and alcohol as they are diuretics that can lead to dehydration. 
  • Although you might not usually wear one, an indwelling catheter may be a more convenient option during the flight. 
  • Take enough spare disposable drainage bags or receptacles. These might be specialist equipment or drink containers, zip-lock bags etc. 
  • At check-in, ask whether an empty seat can be allocated next to you so that you will have as much privacy as possible when tending to personal care. 
For more information on preparing for a flight, refer to the Managing Incontinence and Flying page on the SCIA website and the Prepare to Take Off link from the Travel section at the Spinal WA website. 

If you have any questions about how to deal with continence issues, contact the spinal nurses on (08) 9381 0124 between 8am to 4.30pm Monday to Friday. Contact details can be found at the Home Visiting Nursing Services under General Health Information from the Spinal WA website. 

The National Public Toilet Map

Going on a road trip? Plan your journey well with the National Public Toilet Map. The National Public Toilet Map shows all the toilets along the route nationally and let's you know which ones have disabled access.

Wheelchair Accessible Travel

Have you ever dreamt of embarking in an adventure in a wheelchair? is an online community for accessible travel. You can find plenty of resources, reviews, guides and tips all about accessible travel in different countries. All you have to do is to choose your dream destination!

A wheelie good time with Wheelie Good Cruises

Have you ever considered going on a cruise? Did you know that cruises are a popular choice of holiday for people with disabilities? Think beautiful destinations, good entertainment and fantastic accomodation. Wheelie Good Cruises is here to help whether you're a person with disability or a carer seeking support. Head over to Wheelie Good Cruises to find out more about cruising or book a cruise with a travel consultant today!
We would like to wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. If you are going away, have an enjoyable and safe holiday. See you in 2017!


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