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Accessible air travel at Heathrow

Meet Lady-Marie, our Peer Support Officer (PSO) for Greater London and also SIA’s representative on the Accessibility Transport Forum at Heathrow.  Our Peer Support Team provide support and guidance based on their own lived experience to SCI people and their family and friends.  However, their work seldom stops there.

Through her role on the Forum Lady-Marie raises awareness of issues faced by SCI people and disabled people in general with regard to air travel from Heathrow Airport.  The Forum also organises regular assistance travel awareness days at Heathrow – Travelling with a disability took place in July this year.  The day provided the opportunity for people contemplating flying, perhaps for the first time since they became spinal cord injured, to obtain more information about the support available at Heathrow and to ask questions and express any fears they may have.  It is hoped that days like these will enable people to gain the confidence to consider travelling by air in the future.   The next awareness day takes place on 3 December but spaces need to be booked by 29 November.  For more details visit the Heathrow Access Advisory Group (HAAG) website or email Graham Race to book a place.

Read about the holiday experiences of other SCI people and find out useful information from our travel fact sheets.

Visit our Speak to a peer section to find out more about Lady-Marie and our other PSO’s based throughout England, in Wales and Northern Ireland and check out our social media for posts featuring individual PSO’s and their activities out and about in the community. Just a few examples are collected below.

Gary Dawson

Andy Wharton

Chris Fitzjohn