Special needs travel for any reason takes organization. Vacations, which usually last several days, can be daunting. Children with special needs may not experience a destination or an activity the way other family members do, but that does not mean they do not enjoy it. One child, who is delayed, does not speak and is not mobile, smiles broadly when he is taken fishing. Why? He loves the feeling of dragging his hand through the cool water. His parents plan at least one water-based activity for the family when they travel.
Planning is the key, and it starts with the trip itself. If you are traveling by plane, you should inform the airline of any needs you have, including spatial requirements. Travel by auto should be along routes with frequent rest stops. Destination is important too. Kids who have autism probably need more active and structured vacations. Destinations with kids' programs are good; those that accommodate special needs with directed activities are great. Parents of special needs children can't be reluctant to call ahead and make their needs, including dietary restrictions, understood. Because of the Americans with Disabilities Act, most public places have ramps and wheelchair accessible restrooms, elevators and guestrooms. Talking to other parents of special needs children may help you find a destination that goes beyond that minimal accommodation and really provides a great experience for "special families."
Traveling with a special-needs child for the first time can be daunting. Be assured, though, that for thousands of families like yours it is a time they would not trade for the world.
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Special Needs Travel Can Open Up New Worlds to the Family
Traveling and vacationing for families of special needs children takes a lot of time, organization and just plain work to achieve a getaway that the whole family can enjoy. Still, these families do it all the time. Vacations cannot be planned only for the child with special needs, but if he is not accommodated, there is no vacation.
Simple Steps for Finding Courage in Traveling
The art of traveling can seem overwhelming, especially when there are special needs to consider, but finding the courage to do it doesn't have to be an obstacle. Before you throw out the possibility of a dream trip, check out some ways to overcome your fear.
"All your dreams can come true if you have the courage to pursue them."--Walt Disney.
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