With the holiday season underway and inflation wreaking havoc on Americans’ budgets, most of us would welcome the opportunity to save some money. If you or a family member has a disability, chances are you have many additional expenses that make staying within a budget especially challenging.
Fortunately, there are ways to have fun without breaking the bank. People with disabilities are sometimes offered discounts for travel, entertainment, and more.
We’ve done some research about discounts for people with disabilities — during the holiday season and beyond — that may be flying under the radar. Here’s what we discovered:
1. Regal Cinemas
If you’re fully vaccinated and feel ready to go back to the movies, Regal Cinemas has you covered with free wheelchair-accessible seating, and free admission for an assistant/companion who accompanies a guest with disabilities.
Traveling this holiday season? If so, be sure to check out Amtrak’s discounts for people with disabilities. According to the company’s website, “Amtrak offers a 10% rail fare discount to adult passengers with a disability. Passengers with a disability travelling on Downeaster trains (Boston, Massachusetts, to Portland, Maine) are eligible for a 50% discount. Child passengers with a disability are eligible for the everyday 50% child discount plus an additional 10% off the discounted child’s fare, regardless of the service on which they travel. Amtrak also offers a 10% discount for persons traveling with a passenger with a disability as a companion. Those designated as a companion must be capable of providing the necessary assistance to the passenger with a disability.
3. Club Go
Lucky enough to be vacationing for the holidays? Club Go describes itself as “the world’s only discount club for travelers with disabilities.” The company offers a special platform called Accessible Go and offers deals of up to 60% off hotels, motels, and resorts.
The telecom company offers discounted landline and wireless phone plans of to 25% off for individuals with disabilities.
5. National Library Service
Holiday season is a wonderful time to curl up with a good book. NLS offers free braille and talking book library service for people with low vision or blindness and those with reading disabilities. According to the NLS website, “Through a national network of cooperating libraries, NLS circulates books and magazines in braille or audio formats, which are instantly downloadable to a personal device or delivered by mail free of charge.”
6. Metropolitan Museum of Art
Heading to New York City for the holidays? Be sure to visit the Big Apple’s magnificent museums. Individuals with disabilities who visit The Metropolitan Museum of Art can expect the museum to provide listening devices, audio guides, large print booklets, wheelchairs, and other accessibility services. Best of all, caregivers get in for free!
7. C4 HealthLabs
Many people find relief from a variety of symptoms in CBD products. If you have a documented disability, you can receive 10% off your purchase from C4 HealthLabs.
8. License to Fish
Did you know that many states offer free fishing licenses to people with disabilities? Check out this article from fishing experts Tackle Village, which contains all the information you need to reel in the savings.
9. Brooklyn Museum
If you’re in New York City over the holidays, head over to The Brooklyn Museum. The museum offers $10 admission to people with disabilities, and their caregivers receive free admission.
10. San Diego Zoo
Who doesn’t love a trip to the zoo? Zoos including the San Diego Zoo, the Virginia Zoo, the Philadelphia Zoo, and the San Francisco Zoo are among the many zoos that offer free or discounted admission for people with disabilities and/or their caregivers. Check out your local zoo to see if there are deals to be had.
Note: Many of these discount programs may require proof of disability. Please see websites for additional information.