Planning a trip can be an intimidating but exhilarating decision — especially for someone in a wheelchair. After the destination is chosen, spending the time doing all the proper research is critical – particularly when traveling alone. Things like, making sure the airline knows you’re coming and can store your wheelchair during flight, checking out the transportation options upon arrival, selecting restaurants that have proper ramps and elevators – and the all-important hotel room. Will it really have all the accessible necessities for a comfortable stay?
Even when all the fieldwork is completed and many, many professional agents over the phone and email have confirmed the checklist of needs – you finally get to the hotel and there is no roll-in shower. For some people with disabilities, this means no bathing at all during the trip. Yuck!
That’s exactly what happened to Brett Heising, founder of brettapproved.com during an important business trip. The hotel moved him across town – just so he could have
something most others find very basic – a proper place to bathe. Because the new accommodations were not to his liking, it caused him to have to stop and research his surroundings all over again; something he had not budgeted any time for.
Heising was born with cerebral palsy. This makes it difficult for Heising to walk, so he usually uses a manual wheelchair.
After this fiasco along with several similar frustrating trips gone wrong, Heising decided to invent a service that would change the way people with disabilities travel. Continue reading