School’s out for summer for most of us!
If you have children, are you happy to be done with emergency home schooling? Were you home educating before the pandemic and carrying on as normal (like us)? Have your feelings regarding education changed over the past few months? Drop me a comment below, I’d love to hear your thoughts.
July and August is usually holiday breakaway time for a lot of families. Our own ‘summer holiday’ was supposed to be back in May which I was really looking forward to writing about here but unfortunately had to be cancelled due to the current circumstances.
Finding a place to holiday in the UK within school holiday dates can be extremely stressful and expensive. I feel lucky that we’re not bound by specific school holiday dates anymore but trying to find a family holiday that is also accessible has some real difficulties attached too.
A lot of the holiday homes and hotels we looked at before booking our now cancelled Airbnb were very accessible but also extremely functional and plain. It’s not a terrible thing of course but seeing beautiful rooms with luxurious beds and bedding, stylish bathrooms and lovely design work in both hotels and private rented holiday homes, compared to what the average accessible places offered was pretty disappointing. There is nothing wrong with plain, functional and no-frills accommodation but when you’re paying the same price as the luxury, gorgeous places simply because of accessibility, yet have to sleep on an adapted sofa bed, in a navy blue and metal wet room with grab rails and hoists as your only decor, it’s a little disheartening.
I wish there were more attractive and individual accessible properties and rooms out there to enjoy as a family with additional needs but there are a few gems out there if you’re prepared for a good search. We hope to re-book our little holiday away next year when things are a bit more settled. Are you going away this year?
A lot of things that are disability-friendly and accessible tend to have a certain no-frills look but high cost. My struggle to find something waterproof yet safe to wear during my mobility scooting days of many years ago is testament to this. Granted, I haven’t looked in years but at the time, the only items available to me were navy blue, poncho-type cloaks for the amount of money I’d spend on a really nice winter coat. Everything in the same material. The same colours. They all made me feel fat, frumpy, old and out of pocket. Mobility scooters were a similar issue. It was hard enough resigning myself to use a mobility scooter in my 30’s but again I had to pay top cash for something that didn’t feel like me, that was ugly and old-fashioned, functional of course but a tad depressing.
One of the things I love about my Lith-Tech Smart Chair 1XL is that it looks and feels different to so many of the electric wheelchairs and mobility aids out there. I feel smart and confident in it, I don’t feel it makes me look older than my years or unfashionable. It’s not something people snigger at when I wheel by. It’s an aid that helps me physically as well as emotionally. Aesthetics is not something that’s often discussed when it comes to accessibility and even writing this now I feel a pang of guilt that I shouldn’t be so shallow but to many of us, it does matter how things look and how they make us feel.
I hope someday soon I’ll be able to take my family and snazzy ‘chair to a lovely, yet accessible, place for a break away, even if it’s not a true summer holiday.