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Summer vacation for everyone!

sunflowersSummer is here, and for many, especially those on a school schedule, this means summer vacation! Families often take this opportunity to travel together, have adventures, and spend some quality time together.

Travel is one of those things which is stressful and overwhelming for many people, but until today, I never really thought about the added burden travel could bring when one of your passengers has special needs. What if you have a child in a wheelchair? Or a child with autism? What if your child has a feeding tube? Or has visual impairment? Travel and vacation has just become much more complicated, because in addition to the typical itinerary and accommodations, you now need to research and plan for many other things specific to your family’s needs.

This morning, I was alerted to the existence of a really cool website developed to help families navigate travel with individuals with special needs. Started by a mother of two kids, one with special needs, Special Globe has tons of resources including helpful information from the CDC and TSA, tips and tricks, and even notes about how accessible various attractions are in different vacation spots.

While I know this post isn’t as applicable to most, chances are, you know someone who might benefit from this information. Pass it around! Have a great summer!

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