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Welcome back everybody so glad to have -- this morning -- joining me now we're gonna shift the conversation just a little bit.
Joining me now is Paul Eisenberg he's one of our foxnews.com contributors and if you go to.
The leisure section -- on foxnews.com.
It is where you'll find a lot of great material from for Paul Eisenberg.
When we saw this somewhat during the holiday season there's some changes for travelers with disabilities out there.
And -- you're taking a very close look at this tell us about it.
Well first of all an article like this only scratches the surface because there are of course so many disabilities out there and challenges and I wanted to focus.
A little bit on travelers with mobility issues and and a lot of travelers with disabilities know this stuff but I also wanted to put some stuff out there for caregivers.
Her parents who may not travel very much we'll have not travel very much -- their children they have disabilities so.
First things first.
If you -- going to fly and you haven't really done it a lot -- -- call the airline.
And find out if there's someone who deals with special needs -- someone there is dedicated to dealing with travelers and you can talk about what you need to do if you need to get there early.
If you're bringing your own wheelchair what you need to do.
I spoke with someone who used to handle the travel arrangements for Christopher Reeve and she when he was in -- and -- We call -- bounced all the tough questions for instance if you're going to call a hotel just don't call up and say hello.
Your program click you also have to say how -- this around how -- as -- -- When -- -- the bottom of the -- Is it a straight shot -- need to go.
Because they may not be able to turn in my chair so you need to ask a lot of the tough questions upfront.
Yet you know it's interesting because I had read that by the year 2019 I think it is like half the population will be turning -- to sixty.
And moving into this -- necessarily over sixty do you need a wheelchair obviously the moving into those years where.
-- health challenges are more likely and when it happens to all of us we get older my dad was ill earlier and 2010 and after 85 days.
In a -- on hospital we were able to -- back him back home to Dallas.
And we had to ask these very specific questions and one of the things my mom forgot to ask is is there an incline or decline.
At a certain point between the date.
In the front and the front of the airport yeah there's a section where she have a -- hole the wheelchair because they were going on a decline in chip to get people help -- -- because -- -- gotten -- part of routes and there are a lot of things that we need to ask that we just don't think.
That's right and to some degree can depend on the kindness of personnel and the kindness absolutely absolutely but you can't depend on it and and and they're travelers out there and one of the things also but I like about the story is that.
It's not only an opportunity to share attempts but also you kind of get a sense and it sounds like a cliche about the indomitable spirit.
Other people who have challenges who really wanna travel in the matter a lot like the bigger the challenge it seems the more they wanna get out there yeah.
There's a woman who contacted me when I was looking for travelers and by the way.
I wanted to hear from travelers and disabilities themselves and I said well what -- you learn the hard way.
And there's a woman who went to Honduras cheese in a wheelchair she has polio and she was there part of the time he's determined accused -- -- was they're part of the time to hand out wheelchairs to people who didn't help them and it -- and she knew at one point she wanted to see these ruins it can -- pond but it's a village that's almost exclusively -- heaved.
In cobblestones and I think she knew that it was going to be a problem but she wanted to try it anyway and it turns out that she couldn't do it.
But wheelchair in the cobblestones weren't compatible but you have the spirit.
She wanted to try it and -- there are other folks I spoke with or heard from who just they don't want to be told they can't do something now well.
And there's just such a huge.
Lifted that you go through emotionally and inspirational only when you try something even if you don't.
-- I mean it's just that I didn't give up I didn't quit I didn't.
I didn't do -- again.
And I would imagine for someone who does not have a 100% ability.
That's that's a huge turning point for them this is a beautiful story that you put together hand I wanna draw our viewers -- it again.
Foxnews.com click on the leisure section.
And Paul Eisenberg writes about a whole host -- -- sometimes think he tells us where to get the best deals and sometimes tells us where the best skiing is.
But today he's focused on the human spirit.
And and it really is wonderful it's great the people talk with -- were honest and open.
About their challenges because that's got to be difficult suited to admit well there's certain things of people -- can't do.
A lot for you to get out of that conversation and by the way you mentioned something real quickly about traveling with kids with disabilities what do you think is one of the biggest talent.
That's I think overall discussing and cancel them what to expect I have three -- my own none of them with disabilities but I think.
If you're sort of -- the whole process of traveling -- their children they have disabilities.
You kind of have to talk to all the usual -- -- a crack and then you've got to prop them and press them pretty the things that you would have any kids for Princeton security.
And again the article only -- there's the surface -- a lot of stuff I would have wanted to put -- but if you're going through security in a wheelchair.
And you know this reading the TSA guidelines are not obligated to get out of the wheelchair even after people don't know I wouldn't -- -- -- they're people who choose to get out if they're able -- because they wanna make it easier for TSA agents you're not required to so there are lots of little things thoughtful rules -- -- keep track.
All right Paul Eisenberg check it out and it was great to have you guys on board today.
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