When flying, to avoid breakage of medical equipment that has been packed in your bags for check in (e.g. wheelchair battery charger), ask the airline representative at the check in counter to place a fragile sticker on both sides of your luggage.
Seattle is located in the Pacific Northwest and has the distinction of being the northern most city in the contiguous U.S. The city has a population of approximately 600,000 people. The city is nestled on an isthmus between Puget Sound and Washington Lake, a short drive down from Canadian border. Seattle is a picturesque city boasting beautiful landscapes and many outdoors activities. Seattle is famous for many things including – the home of Starbucks coffee, the origins of Grunge music and a significant amount of performing arts. The city hosts a variety of fairs and festivals including a popular film festivavl, folklife, sea fair event, Native American, and a variety of art / music events.
Seattle is overall relatively accessible for people with disabilities, and wheelchair accessible transportation is available via a variety of modes. Throughout the year you can expect lots of rain, so be prepared for the weather.
The official language of the United States is English.
The official currency of the United States is the US dollar.
Seattle Tacoma International Airport: The Seattle Tacoma International Airport is equipped to handle passengers with disabilities. The airport has accessible bathrooms with large stalls and private restrooms for individuals who need assistance. These restrooms can be found at the Ticketing and Baggage Claim levels of the Main Terminal as well as on Concourses A, B, C, and D.
If passengers require assistance be sure to let your airline know in advance so the airport can make arrangements to have a wheelchair handy, an aisle chair, or assistance if needed when you arrive.
“We traveled to Seattle via SEATAC with my two adult physically disabled sons. We had a horrible experience at this airport on our way home. The flight attendant would not let our daughter pre-board with my husband and two sons. She stated the rules said only one person to assist each disabled individual. Probably would have been fine until we got to the plane and the same flight attendant expected my husband and I to transfer our sons to the aisle chair by ourselves, after stating “it was policy that the individuals preboarding are supposed to be able to be able to take care of handicapped travelers needs”!!!! The pilot noticed my upset reaction and called the luggage loader under the plane to assist my husband!!! We had noticed that passengers requiring assistance were just left outside the gate in wheelchairs for quite along time on the arriving flight at that gate. When these passengers asked how much longer they would wait, the airport staff gave rude reponses. We have traveled to many airports with our sons and never have been treated so rudely. Most airports go above and beyond not the case at SEATAC! We have plans to visit WA again BUT will drive or fly into BC!!!” 10/19/2010, Jean
Wheelchair Accessible Taxi Project: Information regarding wheelchair accessible taxi services in Seattle.
Four Points LLC: Four Points LLC offers wheelchair accessible shuttle service. Contact Four Points in advance and request an accessible shuttle for your travel needs.
Absolute Mobility Center: Absolute Mobility offers a variety of accessible vans for your rental needs. They also rent other equipment such as scooters and power wheelchairs.
AMS: AMS offers wheelchair accessible vans for rent. Vans are equipped with a ramp or lift, and a variety of other accessible features are available. AMS also rents power scooters, power wheelchairs, and portable ramps.
Wheelchair Getaways: Wheelchair Getaways rents accessible vans in the Seattle area. They offer convenient services such as drop off (for a fee) and 24 hour emergency service.
King Metro Transit: All Metro buses in Seattle are wheelchair accessible.
Seattle has a variety of hotels to choose from for every budget. However, it’s important if you’re a guest who requires an accessible room to ask the right questions when booking a room. If you use a motorized wheelchair important questions to ask might be:
- How wide are the doors in your accessible room?
- Does the accessible room have a roll in shower?
- Are there lowered closets, sinks, and desks in the accessible room?
- Can you share other accessible features?
Argosy Cruise: “All of the cruises offer varying degrees of being wheelchair friendly. The most wheelchair friendly of the sightseeing cruises would be the one hour Harbor Cruise. This cruise has a ramp leading from the dock onto the first deck of the boat. The restrooms on the first deck are able to accommodate a standard sized wheelchair. Unfortunately a guest in a wheelchair will not have access to the upper decks as they are only accessible via stairs. Our other sightseeing cruises (Locks, Seattle Lakes & Kirkland Lake Cruises) can accommodate a standard sized wheelchair on board, however, none of them have restrooms on board which can accommodate a wheelchair. The Locks Cruise requires a 24 hour advance notice as a short portion of the cruise is done via Grayline bus and we do need that advance notice in order to ensure that we have an accessible bus for the guest.” 10/13/2010, Argosy Guest Services
Mount Rainer Park: Visiting Mount Rainer Park is a must do. There is so much to do for any ability, everything from driving tours, festivals, skiing, hiking, fishing, and more. Visit the Mount Rainer Park website for more information.
Space Needle: The Space Needle is a must do activity when visiting Seattle. The observation deck is wheelchair accessible as well as the restaurant.
Woodland Park Zoo: The Woodland Park Zoo is wheelchair accessible. Manual wheelchairs can be rented from Guest Services. Accessible restrooms and drinking fountains can be found throughout the zoo grounds.
For people requiring sign language interpreters, the zoo can provide one, however two week advanced notice is required.
Access Medical Equipment: Access Medical Equipment rents a variety of medical related equipment. Please visit the Access Medical Equipment website for a complete list of items for rent.
If you’re visiting downtown Seattle, beware that there are a lot of hills, which can be annoying if you’re using a mobility device. There are plenty of accessible transportation options that connect and travel through the downtown area to avoid the hills.
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