In recent years, there has been more buzz about “accessible travel” - and we love it. Having the opportunity to access transportation and travel opportunities is essential for all of us. According to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics, 25.5 million Americans have travel-limiting disabilities, and unfortunately, 3.6 million of these folks do not leave their homes because they are disabled or housebound. Our goal is to change this, one trip at a time. Here are some helpful resources for travelers with disabilities.

The good news: there is a lot of information out there for travelers who have disabilities. Even better, much of it is generated by people who have first-hand experience. It is helpful to learn from those who have shared the same types of challenges and frustrations - and have found ways to overcome them.

As a colon cancer survivor, I, Keith Wells, owner/operator of Loyal Lifts Transportation Services I am sharing my very, personal story of early detection and survival. Here is my story.

Accessible travel is on the rise; this is great news for those of us who live with disabilities and do not let them stop us from traveling to see friends and family, for work, and to explore the world. Fortunately, the travel and hospitality industries are making strides in accommodating special needs, and there is a lot of information out there to assist you in your planning. Still, challenges remain when you are traveling with disabilities. We’ve put together some helpful tips to help you make the most of your journey!

Many people consider wheelchairs, canes, walkers, or other aids to be hindrances or obstacles… even burdens. But for people with disabilities, they can represent mobility, possibility, opportunity. Being able to navigate the world - and your own community - means that we are independent and can move towards our goals, whatever they may be. There are, unfortunately, mobility barriers for people with disabilities. Knowing where you might encounter issues is important, as is knowing how to overcome them. 

Are you an active senior? Do you have a loved one who is? If they do not drive, it can be difficult for them to engage in community life and participate in the activities that they love. And this is essential: it’s what keeps us young at heart! With comfortable, accessible transportation options, seniors can get out and live life. 

Just a few of the activities seniors can accomplish in Asheville when they take advantage of comfortable transportation:

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