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We are going to talk some more about this Minications.com and the kind of trip they are going to give your developmentally disabled young adult. I am not quite sure of the age range that they will take.

  • They are going to have one staff member for every three to five travellers. The staff is there to make sure that everyone is safe and having fun. They are also going to make sure everyone does what they need to when it comes to personal hygiene, money exchanges and interacting with everyone around. They do not do one on one care.
  • When you inquire about a trip for your developmentally disabled person, you are going to go through a lot of paperwork to make sure your child will be a good fit. They know what they are looking for, and it is people who can be fairly independent.
  • They are going to put two people in each room. Everyone is going to get his own bed though.
  • Travellers are going to need medical insurance on any international trip. And these are your costs. And you must have the proof of that insurance to the Minications two weeks before the trip begins.

Minications

We love our families. But sometimes we women want to do a getaway trip where we’re just with our girlfriends. Sometimes our husbands want to do a guys’ trip. And sometimes it is good for our children who have developmental disabilities need to get away and have fun. And sometimes we need them to. That is where a company like Minication comes in. [http://www.minicationstravel.com]

This group allows those with developmental disabilities to get away for the weekend. They want to keep things pretty simple so they are going to package all accommodations, transportation, and the costs of the care givers, rest assured that your young person will be looked after. Most of the food is going to be covered as well. You are also going to get a photo book.

Let’s get back to some more tips for Disney’s Grand Californian. We are going to start there anyway..
when it comes to food, Disney is going to have some really nice options for you. However, you should know that Disney’s food is going to run pretty expensive. You will want to bring food from home and keep it in your hotel room. For those who are flying, stop by a grocery store on the way into town, and pick up some of your family’s favorite foods. Something my family would do as we were growing up was we would buy stuff for breakfast, usually cereal, and lunch, usually sandwich stuff, and then we would eat eat out somewhere for dinner.. What I’m reading is that you can get a fairly inexpensive quick dinner at Whitewater Snacks.
And now I think we are going to start taking a look at The Resort at Longboat key Club which is in Sarasota, Florida. This is the place where summer never ends. They have some great tennis courts, two fantastic golf courses, eight restaurants and lounges, and a wonderful pool area. The pool area is accessible. They do have a lift into the pools. One of the restaurants even offers poolside service.

Disney’s Grand Californian

Everyone here knows that I love Disney. I have always loved Disney movies and don’t think I’ll ever outgrow them. Have been to Disney World, it was forty years ago. I have never been to Disneyland. But today we are going to look at another accessibility travel blogger, from Special Needs Travel Mom, [specialneedstravelmom.com]. I love her work.

Anyway, today we are going to take a look at what she thinks about the Disney Grand Californian Hotel. She says that the decor just makes you feel relaxed and comfortable. And after a day at parks, you are going to need to relax. The pool is going to have a large pool, and yes, the pool does have lifts for the disabled. The hotel was built in 2001, so they built it to ADA standards from the beginning. Everything is going to be wheelchair accessible. Now let’s look at some of her tips.

  • If you are going to be taking child who struggles with noise, you are going to want to do your best to stay by the pool. Rooms beside the park are going to be louder. Think about what your child is going to need and ask the hotel. They should be happy to accommodate you.
  • Like I said earlier, everything has been built to ADA standards. You should have no troubles with the chair. Their “ADA” rooms are going to have handrails in the bathrooms. Does your child need those?
  • Comfortable and relaxing, even luxurious if that sounds like your dream vacation you might want to check out Sundance Mountain resort. This a beautiful place to relax and unwind. It sounds like the place has combined luxury with family charm.
  • This is a place that anyone can ski, whether you are a beginner or an expert. The resort is big large enough that there will be variety and small enough that your family can split up for a while without worrying about anyone getting lost. They will have lessons for anyone that is interested, and there is also adaptive skiing.
  • Their ski/snowboarding school is certified. But they have their own learning approach that is both easy and fun. And they have both private and group lessons.
  • If you have special needs child, you are going to want to call the resort ahead to figure out exactly what your child will need and how the resort might be able to help you..

More on communication

You may be laughing at my “take your child to a speech-language pathologist, and they will teach them to speak”. Yeah, that plan did not work well for me either. If your child is between two and a half and still not saying a word, you probably want to start the process of meeting with a speech-language pathologist. This child will usually be doing a lot of pointing and gesturing and taking your hand to show you things. Or your child might be talking, but very little. They may be saying only the simplest of words or phrases. It may also be that your child is talking, but no one is understanding them. You may be the exception, you may not. Children saying words not right is completely normal, it’s also kind of cute. But when your child is not talking or no one seems to be able to understand them, you may be looking at needing an augmentative communication device. That might be giving your child a poster board with words and pictures. You’ll probably want to start with something like this. But if your child is not learning to speak, you probably want to start working toward an electronic communication device.

More tips

  • You are going to want to talk to your child about the trip that you are about to take. Tell them when you are planning to take the trip, and what you are planning to do. Most children are going to love trips. After all, trips are adventures, and what child does not like adventures? Okay, so getting a special needs child excited about a trip may be a little trickier. And this is because some special needs kids absolutely love sticking to their schedules.. Let them know what will change for them and what will not.
  • You are going to want to plan some things for you and your family to do on your trip. But at the same time, you do not want to overplan it. Think about doing one or two things each day, leaving time to do the things that just come up. You will also want to take time to just relax at your hotel and their pool.
  • It might feel good to try to use the cheapest airline out there, especially now that you are buying more than one ticket. But think about this, smaller airlines use smaller airports. Is the lower cost going to be worth the hassle?
  • It might be wise to take advantage of online check in so that you are not standing in line for a long time. But you do not want to get to the airport at the last possible minute. Get there in plenty of time. Have your children run off their energy.
  • Before going on your trip, write down everything that could go wrong. Try to work out how to get those problems the best way that you know how. This will help you prepare yourself.

More tips

So where do you want to sit when you are on a a plane? You should know that sometimes you are told where to sit with children when you are on a small plane. However, when you are able to choose, you should try to get in the back. True, there may be more noise. But in the back, you will be close to the bathroom, and you should have more room to move around..

In the middle of the airplane, you may have the option of using the bulkhead seats. These are going to give you more legroom, more room to play. However, using this room for either of these is going to mean less storage.

Sitting up front will be similar to sitting in the back, except the front kitchen is going to be busier.

I’m always saying this, but do practice runs. Go to the airport and see what your children think and how they do. Then try a small trip and see what happens.
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Some more travel tips.

Do you think your child could sleep while you are traveling? Having them sleep during even part of your trip is going to make your job that much easier. Of course, if they don’t sleep, you have a rough time ahead of you. The article that I’m reading says that it is more expensive to fly at night? I do not think that is right at all.

You are going to be wise to choose the somewhat longer layovers. Enjoy walking around the airport, stretching your legs. You might want to get something to eat, either while you are there or during your flight.

You will want to do your research on the country you are going to visit. Is nursing your baby something that is acceptable? Do you need to get shots? How should you tip?? These are just some of the things that you will need to learn.