From wheelchair-accessible boarding procedures to visual alarm systems, more travelers and companies are realizing the need for better accommodations during travel.
Making Business Travel Accessible for All
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, one in four adults has been diagnosed with a disability. About half of those diagnosed with a disability are between 16 and 64, ages when most individuals are working–and may be traveling for work.
Though it is excellent that the workforce is becoming more inclusive, those who travel often for business–and require accommodations due to a disability–may think otherwise. Many travelers have a mobility concern or need additional support during their business trip. Though modern design and technology are improving people’s ability to navigate corporate travel independently, there is much room for improvement.
How to Improve Accessible Corporate Travel
No one wants to deal with travel interruptions or inconveniences–especially when you already have the work you’re responsible for on your trip to focus on. The following points may provide more accessible travel conditions universally so everyone can travel with fewer hurdles.
Communicate details about your diagnosis and specific travel concerns with your travel management company. We can help make sure airline and airport–or whatever form of transportation you use–staff understands your needs. They are then able to set up any necessary accessibility protocols to help make your trip an easier one.
Sharing your needs with hotel and security staff also keeps everyone informed in the chance of an emergency or if you need a room with certain supports. Never be afraid to speak up in regard to any assistance you’ll need during your business trip–or any travel for that matter.
Incorporate Universal Design
Universal design is an architectural method used to meet the mobility and support needs of everyone. This design doesn’t just focus on wheelchair accessible travel or braille signs at every doorway. Universal design is seamlessly implemented into a building’s design. Examples of universal accessibility include easy-grip handles, wayfinding signs in different languages, self-opening doors, large hallways, and accessible outlets and technology. Universal design allows travelers to be more independent when seeking out their plane, train hotel, conference center or meeting room.
Focus on Comfort
Movement and mobility can be difficult for those with a disability and being unsure whether or not these needs will be considered is stressful. Instead of focusing on the stress of travel, focus on ways to improve comfort.
A travel management company–such as The Travel Team–can help find ideal accommodations. If you need mobility assistance, a travel advisor can make sure wheelchairs are safe and seats near the terminal meet your needs. A travel advisor can talk to the staff so they are aware of your needs. Staff should know of inclusive, public spaces within the airport or hotel that provide comfort for those with disabilities. For travelers with visual or hearing needs, a travel advisor can help you find a staff person knowledgeable with your needs. That can create a more comfortable connection as they provide assistance through the airport or hotel.