Debra Kerper received her travel training at Coastline Community College where she was the recipient of the TATE AWARD for outstanding academic performance and goals in the travel industry. Her desire to pursue a career in Travel for the Disabled came from her personal experience as a physically challenged traveler. Debra has been living with Lupus since the age of 20, spent six years full time in a wheelchair as the result of a bone infection in her legs and became a below knee amputee at the age of 29. She has undergone over 30 surgeries and has spent much time using a wheelchair as well as enjoying long periods of good health and short distance walking. She has a very keen understanding of medical ailments and disabling conditions resulting from excessive time spent in hospitals and outpatient rehab facilities.
In February, 2016 Debra had serious vascular problems resulting in the amputation of her left leg. Adjusting to life as a bilateral amputee has not been easy but she was able to call upon her many bilateral amputee clients for support. Debra did not allow this new life changing event to get in her way….she continued to work full time and travel. Since surgery, she has escorted groups to Alaska, the Mediterranean and Hawaii. “Just Doing It Differently” (Read her monthly newsletters under Resources for her medical and travel updates).
Debra travels extensively with a wheelchair and/or a scooter and has learned how to MINIMIZE THE FRUSTRATIONS while MAXIMIZING THE ENJOYMENT of visiting new and exciting destinations. She has visited more than 30 countries and has been on over 90 cruises. She is able to share her knowledge and expertise with other disabled persons as well as those who simply want to travel at a more leisurely pace. She possesses very strong interpersonal skills and a love of helping people.
Who we are & What we do….
EASY ACCESS TRAVEL is dedicated to meeting the special needs of disabled and mature travelers. Our goal is to research our clients’ vacation choices and to provide them with the necessary information to make their trip enjoyable and rewarding. We achieve this by trying to eliminate “surprises” and informing our clients of the situations they may encounter.
EASY ACCESS TRAVEL strives to deliver accurate and honest information by maintaining an excellent relationship with suppliers and colleagues in order to help us plan each person’s trip on an individual basis. We spend a lot of our time doing “hands-on” research: taking cruises, doing new ship inspections, visiting hotels and tourist spots in various cities and countries and gathering information from people we know and trust.
EASY ACCESS TRAVEL prides itself on our ability to ask questions in order to understand the special needs of our clients and then, to listen carefully to their answers. We know that no two people are alike and what works for one may not work for another. In turn, we ask you to provide us with as much information as you think necessary so we can do the best possible job for you!
EASY ACCESS TRAVEL specializes in Cruise Vacations and Packaged Land Tours to accessible destinations. We assist you with all aspects of your trip and our knowledgeable staff can offer many tips and suggestions to insure you a safe and enjoyable journey.
SATH, NACTA, CLIA, IATA
Disability Advisory Board for Royal Caribbean, Celebrity & Azamara Cruise Lines
Disability Advisory Board for Virgin America Airlines