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					                The Helping Hand
                       Special Needs Adult
                        Family Vacation
                           Guide 2010
                                 Developed by
                    Chesterfield Community Services Board
                       Service Coordination Department
           Casemanager: Meredith Fischer

Summer is when many of us are thinking “Vacation”!!!

  It takes some planning to have a successful vacation and even more so for

                 individuals and families with special needs.

  There are many things to consider when planning a vacation: destination,

   transportation, lodging, activities, accommodations, supervision, medical

        arrangements, safety and general accessibility to name a few.

             This guide includes information about :

     Special Vacations for Adults with Disabilities

     vacations suited for families with disabilities

                 Special needs travel supports

                    Have fun and take Lots of Pictures!
                                             Summer Vacations
                                      for Adults with Disabilities

                                       Located in Chesapeake, VA

                ** Now Taking Reservations; Call 757-487-6062 for details ***

June 27-July 2      TAKE-A-BREAK #1!! (Overnight only - Adults) $425
                    Start the summer off right! Come spend your vacation jewelry making, dancing, swimming
                    or simply enjoying some quality rest and relaxation. Have lunch out and go to the bowling
July 4-July 9       ANIMAL JUNGLE!! (Overnight only- Adults) $425
                    Enjoy a tour of local museums and attractions as well as try a Hand at fishing off the pier.
                    Enjoy the pool and other great camp activities.
July 11-July 16     COASTER MASTERS!! (Overnight only - Adults) $499
                    BUSCH GARDENS EUROPE! We never can get enough..Rides, Shows, and
                    Rollercoaster's. Also enjoy a trip to the movies.
July 18-July 23     #1 FANS!! (Overnight only - Adults) $450
                    Trip to Norfolk Tide's game. Week of sports and games for the Number
                    #1 sports fan! Also enjoy lunch out.
July 25-July 30     TAKE A BREAK #2 (Overnight only - Adults) $425
                    PART 2...A must do! Come spend your vacation jewelry making, having
                    lunch out, dancing, and swimming. Also enjoy a trip to the movies.
August 3-7          Take a Break: Part 3 Adult Day Camp - $399 or Overnight - $425 This is
                    a DAY CAMP or OVERNIGHT week. Come and See Part 3! Overnight
                    start on Sunday, Day camp on Monday. Enjoy lunch out and a choice of
                    bowling or movies. Of course, the usual camp activities, swimming, and
                    crafts are included.
August 10-14        THRILL SEEKERS!! (Overnight only - Adults) $499
                    Here we go again to BUSCH GARDENS! We just couldn't get
                    enough..Rides, Shows, & Rollercoasters.
                    New Combo Session!!! This will combine sessions 3 & 4, July 11 - 23,
                    2010. Campers will participate in both session's activities and a special
                    trip on the weekend. Lots of fun on this 13-day vacation for $1150!
                                         (716) 937-1813 (716) 496-8826
                          Vacations for Adults with Developmental
                         People and Places is a not-for-profit organization providing
 small group, year-round vacation opportunities for persons with developmental
  disabilities since 1975. Each trip is limited to 8 participants who travel with two
 staff escorts. Our escorts make every effort to help everyone feel welcome and
 comfortable in their new environment and to make new friends! They supervise
the administration of medications, provide reminders and self-care assistance as
needed, and monitor vacationer spending money upon request. They incorporate
individual interests, preferences, and choices throughout each trip to make each
                  vacation a meaningful and memorable experience.

                      Previous vacations have included:
                       Country Music trip to Memphis/Nashville
                       Train vacation (Chattanooga Choo Choo)
  National Parks trip (Alaska/Canadian Rockies//Yellowstone/Grand Canyon), Sport
                                  Themed Vacations
                    Crusies (Mexican Riviera/Disney/Alaska/Hawaii)
         Animal Sanctuary (Dolphins, African Lion Safari, Whale Research)
                     Healthy Retreat – Hot Springs / Spa weekend
             Far away lands (Galapogos Islands, Rio de Janiero, Australia)

            Ventures Travel, LLC provides opportunities for older teens and
           adults with disabilities to travel to popular destinations across the
                           United States, Mexico, and Canada.

                                   Guided Tour, Inc

                           1-800-547-9198 / 1-503-738-3324
                     Sundial has been providing special vacations for
           developmentally disabled adults since 1968.
Our tour guide ratio is 1:7 depending on capabilities of the groups.

        Group Vacations for individuals with disabilities ages 21 years . Usual
                     group size is 10 participants with 3 Sprout leaders

                      Trips Inc.
                  Special Adventures
       Vacation packages for travelers ages 16 through adult with
               intellectual and developmental disabilities

                                     SEARCH BEYOND ADVENTURES
                                 provides all-inclusive escorted vacations for
                                travelers with developmental disabilities ages
                                                   17 and up

                           GRAND OPENING SOON

 The mission of Morgan's Wonderland is to set a ew standard for excellence in
 providing outdoor recreational opportunities for individuals with disabilities.
 This Amusement park in Texas has rides and attractions specially designed to
                  accommodate individuals with disabilities

  Check out this Video about Morgan’s Wonderland

Activities & Amenities include:
  •   air conditioned/heated and oversized ADA accessible restrooms
  •   3 Playscapes
  •   Train Rides with wheelchair accessible cars
  •   Ultra Accessible Carousel
  •   Amphitheater
  •   Catch-and-Release Fishing
  •   Water Cannons & Remote-Controlled Boats
  •   Gymnasium (basketball, volleyball & tennis)
  •   Special Event Center for up to 700 guests
  •   Walk and Roll Path around lake
  •   “Around the World” – themed rest areas
  •   Water Works - Water Play Area
  •   Off-Road Adventure Ride
  •   Music Garden
  •   Swings (several types including wheelchair swings)
  •   Sand Circle™
  •   Sensory Village™
  •   Garden Sanctuary with Memorial Wall
  •   Several Rest Stops, Picnic Areas & Pavilions
  •   2 First Aid Stations & Feeding Room
  •   Braille Signage, 3-D Park Model & Service Animal Rest Area
  •   2 Gift Shops
  •   VIA Transit Center
  •   Secured entry and exit, Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) wristbands
      and monitors, PA and emergency notification systems, video
      surveillance, and 8’ perimeter fencing.

                 Special Needs Guests Enjoy Free Admission
                         Autism Group Cruises

    Travel cruises for families with special needs including
           Autism, Asperger’s Syndrome as well as
         Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.
Adventure Ocean is staffed by professionals with college degrees
majoring in the health care, education and/or psychology/sociology
fields. The staff has experience caring for children with autism, and
regularly cares for children with autism on a regular basis.

We offer a variety of PECS (Picture Exchange Communication System)
pictures to our guests traveling with non-verbal children and/or adults.
The photos depict a number of actual events that take place during our
cruises to help families develop a cruise picture schedule.

                              SOCIAL STORY
A special “Social Story” has been created to assist our families traveling
with children on the spectrum. The Social Story is designed to assist
children with what they can expect on the first day of the cruise. A
printable link to the Social Story is available to our guests approximately
2-4 weeks prior to their cruise.

We work with the Cruise Line to meet most, if not all, of the dietary
accommodations for each guest including gluten/Cassien Free meals.

                            SPECIAL ACTIVITIES
The regular Adventure Ocean activities are available for each child to
participate in, which include: video games, movies, group games,
educational (science related) activities, and much more. Aside from the
regular activities, our children will receive customized care, that will
include activities provided to them, based on there special needs and

                             CHILD CARE
Program section for opportunities to have your children cared for by
professionals during the day and evening. Some cruise lines (like Royal
Caribbean) offer in-cabin baby-sitting. You can check for availability while
onboard by visiting the Guest Relations Desk.
                         THE ACCESS PASS
                               A free, lifetime pass
              available to U.S. citizens or permanent US residents
                who have been medically determined to have a
                              permanent disability

                              The Access Pass is free,
                and is valid for the lifetime of the pass owner. The
                 Pass also allows the caregivers to enter Federal
                 Recreation sites free when accompanying a child
                  with a disability and provides the pass owner a
             discount on some Expanded Amenity Fees

An Access Pass can be obtained in person from a participating Federal
recreation site or office.
   o Bureau of Land Management
   o Bureau of Reclamation
   o Fish & Wildlife Service
   o USDA Forest Service
   o National Park Service

          Alpenglow Adventures

   non-profit organization that organizes hiking
   trips that bring people with physical
disabilities together on the world’s most
spectacular hiking trails.

      National Center on Physical Activity and Disability
    contains a virtual library with an extensive list of resources and videos
      addressing adaptive equipment and adapting recreation activities
          such as camping, hiking, fishing, scuba, and much more.
   Virginia Travel Guide for Persons with Disabilities
                            The Opening Door, Inc.
                               Phone.TTY 804-633-6752
  This guide describes the accessibility features of travel attractions, lodging and
dining establishments statewide as well as accessible vehicle Rental, equipment
                  repair, and Scooter and Wheelchair Rental.

                                    VIRGINIA BEACH
                              ALL TERRAIN WHEELCHAIRS
                                             (757) 385-8234
                  The chairs are on loan at the 17th and 24th street rental locations at
                  the oceanfront. There is no fee for the use of the chair. Personal
                  wheelchairs can be left at the rental station until the person using the
all-terrain wheelchairs returns. If a citizen with a wheelchair prefers to leave their
chair on the boardwalk, then the city would make a locking device
available at no charge.

                              ACCESSIBLE FISHING

                        ACCESSIBLE Hiking Trails

          Information for Guests with Special Needs

           Information for Guests with Wheelchairs

For More Information about Special Accommodations

                         call (407) WDW-MAGIC (939-6244)
                  or email

                                       Fast Pass
Disney World and many theme parks have special passes or wristbands for families
whose children have disabilities, including autism. The passes allow your family
entrance at the front of every entry gate, bypassing long lines, which are a huge source
of distress. Call in advance and ask for special-guest relations.

                   Accessible Walt Disney Villas
Accessible Walt Disney Area Villas are located in Orlando & Kissimmee, Florida.
   These properties offer Heated pools, Sauna, Jacuzzi, Game Room, Tennis,
    Exercise Room and more. These Accessible and Accommodated Resort
Communities are only 4 minutes from the entrance to Disney World and minutes
 from Central Florida's main attractions and shopping malls right off Rt.192. Visit
any of the many local attractions such as Universal Studios, Sea World or Disney
 World which features Animal Kingdom, Epcot Center, Wide World of Sports and
                                  MGM Studios!
     Rental Cars that accommodate Special Needs
     Many car rental companies offer vehicles that have been modified for use
     by drivers or passengers with mobility issues. Check out the web address
         above to link to information specifically about rental car disability
accommodations for Avis, Hertz, Alamo, Budge, and National Car Rentals.

                          Accessible Van Rentals

       Train Reservations for Accessible Space
         Information on traveling by train in the U.S. for people with special needs,
          including making reservations for accessible space, station accessibility,
                service animals, onboard communication, and meal service.

                       Making Bus Accommodations
                            for Special Needs
               Information on traveling by Greyhound bus in the U.S., including
                boarding assistance, storing a wheelchair, and traveling with a
                                        service animal.

                Enabled Rver
                articles on topics related to RV travel, such as accessible
                RVs, the Handicapped Travel Club (HTC), travel guides,
                campgrounds and specific destinations, resources, and
                adaptive equipment

   Cruise Lines and Ship Accessibility
                      Flying with a family member with
                               Special Needs?
             Where will you need to leave your child's wheelchair? Will it be
           possible to refrigerate your child's medication? Can an allergy-safe
         meal be made for your child? Whatever your questions about safe air
         travel with a child with special needs, airline websites seek to answer
    Check out the web address above for direct links to airplane disability
accommodations for specific airline carriers as well as other useful information
            about flying with a family member with special needs.

             Toll-free disability air travel hotline
                      Aviation Consumer Protection Division
                      400 7th St. SW; Washington, D.C. 20590
                         800-778-4838. TTY: 800-455-9880\
            The line is staffed from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. seven days a week.
         -provides information about the rights of air travelers with disabilities
                 -responds to requests for printed consumer information
            -assists air travelers with time-sensitive disability related issues
  -assists Air travelers who experience disability-related air travel service problems


          Disability Travel and Recreation Resources