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Recreation and Travel

Travel and recreation can contribute to overall quality of life.

Diagnosed in 2011


Recreation (enjoying yourself!) with MS

Dan & Karen Melfi, Lisa & Shawna Kemppainen and Izak, Judy Boone, and Dave Altman discuss the leisure activities they enjoy / have modified to continue while living with MS.
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A diagnosis of MS shouldn't keep you from participating in activities you enjoy, or even traveling. The key is research and planning. When you're ready to hit the road—or the high seas, get in the know first. Some thoughts:


Our travel resources publication (.pdf) and the links below an help you started planning your next trip or activity:

Share your air travel experiences

2016 is the 30th anniversary of the Air Carrier Access Act, a federal law that prohibits commercial airlines from discriminating against passengers with disabilities, and requires certain accommodations. The Society — along with other advocacy organizations — is pursuing ways to improve the air travel experience for people with disabilities.
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Air travel regulations are subject to change. Visit for updates.

Regulations for the accessibility of recreational venues and travel

The 2010 amended ADA regulations include new or expanded provisions for nondiscrimination policies. They cover:
  • the use of wheelchair and other power-driven mobility devices
  • the use of service animals
  • reserving and guaranteeing accessible hotel rooms
  • selling tickets for wheelchair accessible seating at sporting events and performance venues
  • guidelines on how the new regulations affect existing facilities