As is with the rest of Europe it is now illegal in Madeira to construct a building without having disabled access and facilities. So you will find that all of the new modern shopping malls and areas have all been built with this in mind. This being said, disabled facilities are not common in Madeira.
In general the streets and pavements have been constructed with small cobbles and stones and although are stunning to look at, are not the most practical surfaces for people with disabilities. The international airport in Madeira doesn't have many disabled facilities either.
Most hotels are able to comfortably accommodate disabled people and almost all have elevators and ramps. However, we do advise you to ask all the right questions before you book your hotel.
The cable car has full disabled access and will stop for people with wheelchairs to get in.
The Funchal Marina also has disabled facilities with a ramp near the Beer House bar giving access to all the restaurants and snack bars available on this lovely area by the sea.
Hidden Secret - The footpath between Pico das Pedras and Queimadas, located in the wonderful Santana council, has now facilities for visitors with disabilities. Thus some of the hidden beauty of the Laurissilva Forest can be appreciated on a course of 1980 metres length, which can be made in a wheelchair and where information is provided in Braille and SPS (language for people with cerebral palsy).