Do you forget about dad when planning your family vacation? For some reason, we moms worry about the kids and perhaps a romantic night out for our trip. But, dads matter too. With Father’s Day on the way, let’s consider some vacation suggestions for dads with disabilities. And then remember him throughout the year.
For the Adventurous Dad
Adaptive Skiing – It is common to see people with disabilities on the slopes. Go along with dad to take a lesson or two. Equipment is available for rent which helps your budget. Your family can ski together and then take a break at your cabin or hotel room. Before you go, do your research by using “adaptive skiing” as your search term. You may find adaptive ski lessons or Camelback Mountain in Pennsylvania.
Numerous Sports at Once – For military members who have been injured, the National Sports Center for the Disabled runs a number of programs. One is “No Boundaries – Changing Disabilities into Abilities for Our Vets” This is not a family trip as it is just for veterans. Custom Group Programs are a big hit and are for families. Your dad, you and the kids can camp, rock climb, or hike.
White Water Rafting – Also called River Trips, located in Colorado offers scheduled trips during the summer. Adaptive equipment is available and you will be rafting with a group. Contact Colorado Discovery Ability to see if the dad in your family can take part.
For the Dad who Wants to Relax
Cruises – A cruise vacation, many will say is the best family vacation experience. There isn’t much to do except unpack, eat, sleep a bit, eat, dance, gamble and eat. Most cruise ships follow the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) rules and regulations which makes it easy and comfortable for people with disabilities. My suggestion is to look through a cruise website and call Guest Services with any questions. Always call a week in advance to make sure your cabin is accessible. So let dad do his thing.
Tour Packages – If sightseeing, photography, dining out, shopping and more are dad’s cup of tea, you may want to go on a group tour. Visit Italy, Africa, or the Grand Canyon with a tour guide who handles every detail. Transportation, hotel rooms, museums, etc. are all accessible. Tours for people with disabilities often go at a slow pace and avoid strenuous activities. Decide if dad and your family want to turn the wheel over to someone else for your entire trip before you go.
Go on Your Own – Be it a road trip, a week-long vacation on the lake, or a trip to another country, dads with disabilities can do it all. It just takes some planning, patience and a love of adventure.
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