Southern California is reasonably well equipped for travelers with disabilities. Disneyland is a shining example when it comes to catering to visitors with special needs.

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  • Telephone companies provide relay operators (dial 711) for the hearing impaired.
  • Many banks provide ATM instructions in Braille.

Useful Websites

A Wheelchair Rider’s Guide to the California Coast ( Free online directory and downloadable PDF guide for LA and Orange County coasts covers wheelchair access at beaches, parks and more.

California State Parks ( Searchable online map and database of accessible features at state parks.

Disneyland ( Lists which attractions are accessible.

Mobility & Accessibility

  • Most intersections have dropped curbs; some have audible crossing signals.
  • The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requires public buildings built after 1993 to be wheelchair-accessible, including restrooms.
  • Motels and hotels built after 1993 must have at least one ADA-compliant accessible room; state your specific needs when making reservations.
  • For nonpublic buildings and those built prior to 1993, including hotels, restaurants, museums and theaters, there are no accessibility guarantees; call ahead to find out what to expect.
  • Most national and many state parks and some other outdoor recreation areas offer paved or boardwalk-style nature trails accessible by wheelchairs.


  • All major airlines, Greyhound buses and Amtrak trains can accommodate people with disabilities, usually with 48 hours of advance notice required.
  • Major car-rental agencies offer hand-controlled vehicles and vans with wheelchair lifts at no extra charge, but you must reserve these well in advance.
  • For wheelchair-accessible van rentals, also try Wheelchair Getaways in LA or Mobility Works with locations around LA.
  • Local buses, trains and subway lines usually have wheelchair lifts.
  • Seeing-eye dogs are permitted to accompany passengers traveling on public transportation.
  • Taxi companies have at least one wheelchair-accessible van, but you’ll usually need to call first.