Morocco has few facilities for the disabled, but the country is not necessarily out of bounds for travellers with a physical disability and a sense of adventure. Some factors to be aware of:
- The awkward nature of narrow medina streets and rutted pavements can make mobility challenging at times even for the able-bodied.
- Not all hotels (almost none of the cheaper ones) have lifts, so booking ground-floor hotel rooms ahead of time is essential. Riads invariably have steep, narrow and twisting stairs.
- Only a handful of the very top-end hotels have rooms designed for the disabled.
- Travelling by car is probably the best transport, though you’ll be able to get assistance in bus and train stations (a tip will be required).
- Many tour operators can tailor trips to suit your requirements.
- Vision- or hearing-impaired travellers are poorly catered for. Hearing loops, Braille signs and talking pedestrian crossings are nonexistent.
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Organisations that disseminate information, advice and assistance on world travel for the mobility impaired include the following:
Access-able Travel Source (www.access-able.com) An information provider for travellers with mobility problems.
Apparleyzed (www.apparleyzed.com) For paraplegic and quadriplegic people and others with spinal-cord injuries, featuring travel information.
Disabled Travelers Guide (www.disabledtravelersguide.com) A general guide for travellers with disabilities.
Mobility International USA (www.miusa.org) Promoting the inclusion of people with disabilities in international programs, with a page of air-travel tips.
Society for Accessible Travel & Hospitality (www.sath.org) Has news, tips and members’ articles and blogs.