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For the child with special healthcare needs, arranging for safe and reliable transportation and making special preparations before travel can present some unique challenges. The Complex Care Center at Cincinnati Children's helps families plan ahead for safe transportation and travel.
Purchasing and modifying a car or van is an involved process. Since vehicle modifications can be expensive, it is well worth your time to be prepared and to research all options:
Information on modifications and wheelchair accessible vans, including adapted equipment and financing, is available from the following resources:
Many people with physical disabilities can learn to drive safely with the right training and equipment.
Planning vacations for you and your special-needs child offers unique challenges, such as finding wheelchair-accessible attractions and activities. Here are some resources that provide information and articles for the disabled traveler:
It is important that families of children with special health care needs make preparations well before traveling to make sure that their child receives the proper care should acute problems arise. Plan ahead and keep these tips in mind to help make travel easier:
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