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HOLIDAYS
HAVING A HOLIDAY
Going away for a break or to visit friends and relatives requires planning. As experience would tell you, your
definition of accessible for your needs may be very different to the accommodation owners. The following
questions may help when booking your accommodation.


 Is there a level, 3.2 m wide parking bay?                                                            Yes/No
 Is there a level or ramped access from car park to reception?                                        Yes/No
 Is the entry free of any steps or ledges?                                                            Yes/No
 Is access from car park to unit free of any steps or ledges?                                         Yes/No
 Does door to unit have a clear opening of 760mm minimum?                                             Yes/No
 Is there sufficient turning space outside and inside door for a wheelchair user to open, enter and
                                                                                                      Yes/No
 close the door?
 Is the door easy to open? Can it be opened with one hand?                                            Yes/No
 Is there a minimum of 800mm beside the bed to allow transfer?                                        Yes/No
 Is space sufficient to turn wheelchair?                                                              Yes/No
 Are switches and phone within reach of bed?                                                          Yes/No
 Does the bathroom door have a clear opening of 760mm minimum?                                        Yes/No
 Is the door easy to open? Is it a sliding door?                                                      Yes/No
 Is there sufficient turning space outside and inside door for a wheelchair user to open, enter and
                                                                                                      Yes/No
 close the door?
 Is there space to manoeuvre and transfer in the toilet? 2400 x 1900mm minimum                        Yes/No
 Are there grab rails beside and behind the toilet?                                                   Yes/No
 Are switches, taps usable from a seated postion.                                                     Yes/No
 Is there knee space below the basin?                                                                 Yes/No
 Is the shower free of hob, step or floor tracks?                                                     Yes/No
 Are there grab rails in the shower?                                                                  Yes/No
 Is there a seat, folding or freestanding?                                                            Yes/No
 Is there a hand held shower nozzle operable from the seated position?                                Yes/No
 Are the taps, lever, capstan or sensor type?                                                         Yes/No
 Is room service available?                                                                           Yes/No
 Other things that I need…                                                                            Yes/No
Source: James, C & D. A Wheelie’s Handbook of Australia


Planning is an important part of ensuring a holiday is successful, and that any special requirements are met. You can
plan a holiday yourself, or with a travel agent. A list of specialist travel agents is available on the e-Bility website
www.e-bility.com/travel/agents.php

Either way, there are a lot of useful resources available online and a good starting point is Access Travel Australia
on www.e-bility.com/travel/




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