By Penelope Conway
Before multiple sclerosis came along I was an avid traveler. At different times I even lived and worked In Germany, France, Mexico and Jamaica. I loved getting out and meeting new people, experiencing different customs and enjoying amazing new food.
When my mobility became a struggle, it was then that I realized just how inaccessible so much of the world truly is, both here in America and abroad. You never really think about those things until they affect you personally. Continue reading
By Stacie Prada
In 2014, I visited France for the first time. I went to Sainte-Chapelle at the recommendation of a neighbor who raved I needed to go when I visited Paris. It was incredible. The gothic architecture of the building relies on a web of supporting arcs that creates a pattern like no other I’d seen before in real life. It was awe-inspiring. I’d been told the main floor was beautiful and the upper floor exponentially more incredible.
At the time I recall there was construction and signage indicating only one way to access the upper floor. As I climbed the tightly curved, narrow and steep stairway, I experienced a visceral moment that had me choking back a sudden sob. My thoughts flashed to friends with mobility issues that would not be able to navigate this route. I realized that this is something that someday I will not be able to experience. In that moment I felt profound grief for what I haven’t yet lost – the ability and freedom to go anywhere without my body limiting me. Continue reading
Looking to plan a vacation this summer, but you aren’t certain what your options are? Below are three travel guides available in MSAA’s Lending Library that offer insight into travel ideas and destinations that can accommodate someone with limited mobility: