Q&A with Meghan Mulvenna of Special Travelers.com

When did you think of creating your organization? I began traveling with families early on in my career, as a respite provider.I was attracted to supporting  ‘real-world’ experiences for children and families, outside of the educational settings. Then in 2007, I accompanied a student on a family vacation. I had been managing his home-based educational… Read More

Q&A with Graeme Phillips Train Travel Aficionado

  How do you plan a trip? I research the places I want to travel to and see how accessible they regard transportation. If I still want to go, I  create my itinerary, book the trips and then my lodgings. Do you travel alone or with a group? I travel solo unless there is someone… Read More

Tips for Successful Family Reunions with Autism

The summer vacation is here and with it, invitations to family gatherings and reunions. For many of us, family gatherings mean happy celebrations and the creation of beautiful memories but for families with autism, they can spell meltdowns and stress. Since several parents have asked me for tips to help their kids with autism attend… Read More

Q&A with Dr Stephen Mark Shore- Autism Advocate

Dr. Stephen Mark Shore was a typically developing child until around 18 months old, when he was, in his words,“ hit with the autism bomb”. He became nonverbal, but due to the early intervention by his parents, his speech ability began to return at the age of four. Refuting the doctors recommendations for institutionalization, his… Read More

How Visualizing Your Trip is Key to Successful Travel

  One of the best ways to plan a successful vacation especially when traveling with kids on the autism spectrum is by visualizing your trip in advance. Scrutinizing your travel itinerary details carefully along with creating an alternative plan for unexpected scenarios is not only useful but can ultimately make the difference between a stressful even… Read More

Q&A with Naomi Andjelic Bartlett of ‘Autism Cafe’

 Why do you prefer an all-inclusive versus cruising? There are a couple of reasons why cruising isn’t an option for our family at the moment: Our son is on the severe end of the spectrum. He does not always sleep through the night and has strong vocal stims. Small cabin rooms with thin walls in… Read More

Ten Things You Should Know About Travel Before Booking

Traveling with special needs children to a foreign country can be a daunting task. Here are the ten things you should know about travel before booking your next trip.  Passport and Visas If you have already obtained a passport, make sure to check its expiration date, as some countries will not allow you to enter if your… Read More

Traveling Successfully with Autism

The first time I was asked by a reader how to start traveling, I thought she was pulling my leg. However, I soon discovered that many families with autism had no idea what to do and how to get the process going. Since summer is almost here, I’m sharing some of my tips with you… Read More

Six Things to Check before Planning your Next Vacation

Most of us love to dream of exotic destinations and plan our next ‘big’ getaway when in reality we should be making sure we are adequately prepared for unforeseen events. So, before booking that next cruise or theme park visit here are the six essential things you need to check off your list as soon… Read More

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