Here are a few links to some articles with some to help with vacation planning and the details needed to go along with planning for our family members with special needs. Personal stories too.
A one day adventure – My son, (relatively high functioning ID), wanted to parachute out of an airplane. At first I was a little skeptical about letting him go since it seems a little scary and there are some inherent dangers with the sport. I realized that the dangers are no greater that getting in a car and driving to the market. We found Triangle Skydiving in Louisburg, NC. My son went through several hours of training and the staff couldn’t be more accommodating. They were great! At the end of training, he jumped tandem, (hooked up to an instructor), from 14,000 feet. That was 12 years ago and he still talks about it with a smile on his face. It is not cheap, but I thought it was worth it. -DC from Wake
Autism on the Seas, a national organization, has been in collaboration with Royal Caribbean International since 2007 in developing cruise vacation services to accommodate adults and families living with children with Special Needs, including, but not limited to, Autism, Asperger Syndrome, Down Syndrome, Tourette Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy and all Cognitive, Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. These services quickly expanded to other cruise lines.
Family Vacation Critic offers an article on the Best Special Needs Vacation Spots. Many good ideas with suggestions and resorts who assist with our population.
Friendship Circle.org has 7 Travel agencies listed that serve special needs travelers. They also have some destinations listed.
Search Beyond Adventures is a tour program offering travelers with disabilities from all over the US and Canada quality assisted vacations. Group sizes range from 4 to 25 participants and tours vary in length from 5 to 12 days. These tours are available by air from most US and Canadian major airports, and by mini-bus from one of our US locations: Los Angeles, Sacramento, Orlando, Minneapolis, and Brimfield (central MA). If you are en route between our starting place and the destination we can pick you up on our mini-bus tours. If you are traveling by air we can fly with you, meet you at a connecting city, or meet you at the destination.
Choose from a 1:4 staff to participant ratio, a 1:2 ratio, or bring your own attendant (price discounted) for a 1:1 ratio.