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 7 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 sme destinations listed.