Travelling with an autistic child can be challenging at the best of times.
Fortunately more and more travel destinations, attractions, hotels and resorts are becoming autism friendly.
Tourist attractions in many towns and cities in the United States and Canada along with events and places like museums, exhibits, theatres, amusement parks, and even campsites are becoming either autism friendly or sensory-friendly.
Most cruise lines provide additional services to help people with a variety of disabilities travel. Look for a cruise line that has a special needs or disability desk or that offers cruises for special needs families.
Autism on the Seas collaborates with several cruise lines to provide cruise vacations to families with children who have autism and other disorders.
Autism friendly ships or autism friendly cruises will offer some or all of the following adaptations:
Flying with an autistic child can be a challenge. More and more airlines are making accommodations to help people with autism fly in comfort. You might have heard of Wings for Autism or Wings for All. This program offered at various airports at a specific time and date allows families to rehearse and practice aspects of flying.
Many airlines offer disability seating that is also helpful for families with children with autism.
These airlines have programs that help passengers with disability, including autism. Look for the following when you are flying:
In Canada, there are programs where families can participate in airport rehearsals at the Montreal Trudeau Airport in Québec, the Calgary International Airport in Alberta and the Vancouver International Airport in British Columbia.
TSA (Transportation Security Administration) Cares is a program in the United States. TSA Cares is a helpline that provides travellers with disabilities, medical conditions and other special circumstances additional assistance during the security screening process.
TSA also offers a travel notification card that alerts the TSA officer to someone travelling with a disability, especially a hidden disability, including autism.
Many airports are becoming more autism friendly or sensory-friendly by offering onsite sensory rooms.
These are the autism friendly or sensory friendly airports we have discovered:
Have you discovered a cruise line, an airline, or an airport that is sensory friendly? Take a few minutes to share your find with other other sensory-friendly seekers just like you, by adding a free listing on this website’s Sensory Friendly Finder. It’s a simple and fast process.
We’re on a mission to help you discover, rate and book where to eat, drink, shop, live, learn, work, play and travel that is sensory friendly.