Traveling with Special Needs
Westchester County offers accessibility for visitors with disabilities and special needs. Accommodations and attractions listed on this site have indicated if they are handicapped accessible.
We provide assistance to disabled individuals who are eligible for ADA ParaTransit in their county, by providing visitor status in Westchester for up to 21 trips in a 365-day time period. For further details and information, please call (914) 995-2960. Those individuals who are disabled and are able to use a public bus may be qualified for a reduced fare fee by using their Medicare card.
For more information on accessible dining, lodging, recreation, shopping and transportation options in Westchester County, please go to Equal Access Westchester, a local resource promoting accessibility throughout the county.
Whether you are traveling for business or leisure, advanced planning is key. Use these travel tips for a successful visit:
- When making reservations (hotel, airlines, car rental agencies, etc.), clearly state what accommodations you require. Contact attractions and venues to find out if they meet your specific needs.
- Pack enough prescription medication(s) to last throughout your entire trip. Bring medication(s) in your carry-on bag, as checked baggage can occasionally go missing. And, carry your prescription medication(s) in their labeled containers, not in a pill pack.
- Have maintenance done on your assistive equipment before leaving on your trip to ensure that everything is in working order.
- Talk to your veterinarian about traveling with a dog before you leave on your trip. You may also want to check with the hotel to be sure that there will be an adequate area for your dog to relieve itself.
- Contact the Office for the Disabled and ParaTransit Service at (914) 995-2960 and for ParaTransit and other transportation inquiries.
- Access the Metro-North Guide to Accessible Transit.
- If you require assistance while staying in Westchester County, contact the Westchester Independent Living Center – a resource and referral center for persons of all ages with all types of disabilities.