SUMMER IS HERE AND SO ARE RESOURCES FOR FAMILY MEMBERS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS WHO WANT TO TRAVEL

A recent article in the New York Times featuring Meghann Harris, founder of SpecialGlobe.com, provided an interesting perspective about the availability of resources to facilitate travel for families of children with physical and cognitive challenges. The thrust of the article was that travel is something every one should be able to enjoy and there are resources available to assist families and individuals who have physical and cognitive disabilities, including individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. An attitude of sensitive inclusion among travel agents, booking agents, airline personnel and chaperones, is an important factor in making the travel experience meaningful and joyful for all.  Some resources that were mentioned include HomeAway.com, which enables individuals to find homes to rent that suit their needs, National Ability Center, which offers a number of adventures that are all-inclusive, and Trips Inc., which organizes group trips for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

While much of life for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (and their families) is focused on finding affordable housing, a job, fighting stereotypes, overcoming discrimination, and gaining independence, time spent seeing more of the world, taking time to relax and rejuvenate is also important and meaningful.  Every one deserves the dignity of experiencing joy.