The Autistic Friendly Carnival Legend

  We arrived at Tampa pier at two o’clock, after finding out they started boarding by one.After notifying one of the porters that we are traveling with special needs persons, they called their supervisor immediately, and we received VIP treatment. Aldona, a Carnival superior took us to an air conditioned lounge and took care of… Read More

Why I finally ditched my fabric black suitcases

One of the most important things I have learned by traveling as frequently as I do; is never to own a black suitcase ever again! As someone who has spent endless hours around conveyor belts in different airports across multiple continents, I can testify that one of the most frustrating vacation pastimes can be trying… Read More

Cabin Accommodations for Travelers with Autism

For parents of kids with autism, one of the best tips I can give when taking a cruise is to get the kids acclimated to their cabin as fast as possible.The key to doing that is communicating with the cabin steward efficiently and relaying the necessary accommodations to him or her as soon as possible. For… Read More

Tips For Boarding A Cruise Ship With Autism

      Boarding a cruise ship is an exciting event. But it can also be stressful if one travels with kids, especially ones with autism.You get past security and enter the cabin to put your luggage. And at that point, all everyone wants is to run and explore the ship. However, when traveling with… Read More

Autism Travel Tips for Travel Agents

Autism travel is a growing untapped segment of the travel industry that has yet to be adequately addressed. By CDC estimates, there are over 2 million kids with autism under 18 in the US alone. Accompanied by a minimum of one caregiver the number of potential autism-related travelers easily jumps to 4 million, and that… Read More

Q&A with Clive Ireland’s Autism Service Dog Extraordinaire

 What qualities are recommended for an assistance dog? Assistance Dogs need patience, a sense of fun, a willingness to play and a great sense of responsibility. Assistance Dogs need to love children and accept and understand that they are working with children with special needs. Just like our cat knows Murray is special and the… Read More

Benefits of Cruising For Travelers With Autism

  At first, many parents to kids with autism tend to shy away from cruising; thinking that spending multiple days confined in a ‘swim box’ is just horrifying. All they can imagine for their vacation days are endless stares and nasty comments from fellow passengers, dramatic meltdowns, and incessant whining from their family members. As… Read More

Visiting Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum in Amsterdam

During our frequent visits to the different European and American cities, my son would often beg me to go and visit Madame Tussaud’s wax museum. Frankly, though I wholeheartedly support going to explore most museums, this genre seemed like the ultimate tourist trap to me and as such, I refused to give in. Although I continuously explained… Read More

Jamie Grover of Autism on the Seas

Q&A with Jamie Grover of Autism on the Seas   How did you start working with families with autism?. I worked for UCLA and injured my back, requiring two back surgeries. My friend who happened to be the director of the university center for developmental disabilities asked me if I would work with him. I… Read More

30 Tips For Flying With Autism

    Since so many of you have approached me over the years asking for help flying with autistic kids, I thought I’d share my top 30 tips for flying with autism.  Tips for Booking Always try to book nonstop flights that start early in the morning to bypass midday delays! If you are booking, connecting flights make… Read More

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