How To Travel with a Speech Impairment

One of the main problems which a person with speech impairment has to overcome is that in his desire to avoid calling attention to his disability, he often fails to communicate his needs to those who would be able to assist him.

If you have such an impairment, make sure your travel agent is aware of it and informs the airline or other transport company of your need for assistance. He or she should also provide you with a comprehensive and clearly worded itinerary detailing all your arrangements. This will enable you to point out the details to anyone who is assisting you or to obtain directions without the frustration which might otherwise occur.

It is also a good idea to have a video communicator or a set of cards which indicates common inquiries.

Another useful communications tool is The International Travelers Point and Conversation Guide, a 4″ by 5″ booklet which allows one to communicate through pictures. While designed primarily to overcome the barriers of foreign language, it is equally suitable for use by people with speech impairrnents, here or abroad. It covers 6 main topics (services, shopping, sports & entertainment, transportation, accommodation, and food items) and also provides 13 pages of conversion tables. To order a copy, send $6.95 including shipping to ArnMoor Publishing, 3956 Town Center Blvd., Suite 104, Orlando, FL 32837; Tel. (407) 855-5934 or Fax. (407) 855-5958.

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