Mexican airlines and hotels are becoming increasingly aware of the needs of travelers with disabilities. Open, street-level lobbies and large, wheelchair-accessible elevators and rooms are available in most Puerto Vallarta resort hotels. Most street-corner curbs accommodate wheelchairs.
U.S. law forbids travel discrimination against otherwise qualified people with disabilities. As long as your disability is stable and not liable to deteriorate during passage, you can expect to be treated like any passenger with special needs.
Make reservations far ahead of departure and ask your agent to inform your airline of your needs, such as boarding wheelchair or in-flight oxygen. Be early at the gate to take advantage of the pre-boarding call.
For many helpful details to smooth your trip, get a copy of Survival Strategies for Going Abroad by Laura Hershey, published in 2005 by Mobility International USA (132 E. Broadway, Suite 343, Eugene, OR 97401, tel. 541/343-1284 voice/TDD, fax 541/343-6812, www.miusa.org ). Mobility International is a valuable resource for many disabled lovers of Mexico, for it encourages disabled travelers with a goldmine of information and literature and can provide them with valuable Mexico connections. They publish a regular newsletter and provide information and referrals for international exchanges and homestays.
Similarly, Partners of the Americas (1424 K St. NW, Suite 700, Washington, DC 20005, tel. 202/628-3300 or 800/322-7844, fax 202/628-3306, www.partners.net ), with chapters in 45 U.S. states, works to improve understanding of disabilities and facilities in Mexico and Latin America. It maintains communications with local organizations and individuals whom disabled travelers may contact at their destinations.