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4 Autism-Friendly Vacation Destinations

autismfriendlyvacations.largeIf you’re stuck in a getaway rut, do something different this summer. How about a beach holiday? One that allows you to sip a cocktail by the ocean while your child on the spectrum participates in fun resort activities? Dreamy! And, fortunately, possible. More destinations are offering autism-friendly vacations, providing services, accommodations and meals that help your whole family feel relaxed and happy. Here are a few places to check out if you’d like to build sandcastles with your sweetie by the sea rather than at your local public beach.

1. TradeWinds Island Resorts
These two resorts on St. Pete Beach in Florida might be just the place for  your family to chill out and have fun this summer. The staff is CARD (Centre for Autism and Related Disabilities) certified, so they’re versed on how to help you have a great autism-friendly vacation. The resorts offer an activities club for kids, lots of pools and, for those on special diets, gluten-free foods. Plus, their safety kits, which are equipped with items like corner cushions for tables and hanging door alarms, help keep your sweetie protected. Awesome!

2. Surfside Beach, South Carolina
This town wants you and your child with ASD to have an easy and epic getaway. In January 2016, they signed a proclamation to make the family beachside area the first autism-friendly vacation destination. Visit their site and you’ll find links to hotels, restaurants and activities that can meet the needs of your family.

3. Cruise with Royal Caribbean 
Ahoy, Matey: If sailing away this summer seems like your speed, check out Royal Caribbean. A couple of years ago, they were named the first autism-friendly vacation cruise line. Their youth staff receives ASD training, families get priority check-in, there are sensory-friendly movies and toys and food options for special diets.

4. ASD Vacations
If you’re not sure where to holiday, give this agency a call (the initial consultation is free). They’ll help build an autism-friendly vacation that will meet the needs and desires of your whole family. The founder is a well-established travel agent who has a child on the spectrum, so he has a lot of first-hand experience and the necessary contacts to help make your R&R dreams become a reality.

To ensure your holiday is easier and breezier, read 6 Tips For Traveling With A Child With Autism  before you sail or fly away. Bon voyage!

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