Traveling can be stressful for anyone but, when someone in your family is autistic, the process becomes that much harder. The good news is that there are now reliable autism travel resources for families.
Waiting in lines, clearing security, and boarding a plane can be difficult, so several programs now provide practice runs. The idea is for families with autistic kids to get comfortable with the process and figure out any potential challenges. Wings for Autism hosts these events at airports around the country.
Then, it comes down to whether staff can accommodate special needs in your destination. Austism on the Seas has been working with Royal Caribbean for years, and recently the entire cruise line become certified. That involves special staff training, sensory-friendly toys, and they’ll cater to special dietary needs. TradeWinds Island Resorts in St Pete-Clearwater, Florida, is actually certified by the Center for Autism and Related Disabilities.
Bottom line: Getting from point A to B isn’t necessarily stress free, but there are ways to make the process a little easier.
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