Making vacation dreams come true for families with autistic children (and other developmental challenges)

Last summer I wrote about Autism on the Seas, which is a wonderful program that allows families with children who have developmental challenges to take a real, relaxing vacation, supported by trained caregivers.  (Read more about the program here.)

I’ve spoken recently with one of their representatives, and find that they are working to increase the number and availability of their cruises, good news for those wanting to try out this vacation option.   They’ve sent some information on their latest development that I’d like to pass along:  Autism on the Seas launched their first group cruise with Carnival Cruise Lines, on March 11, 2012. More than 120 people, including 26 children and adults with special needs, are currently cruising Galveston, TX to Key West, FL and Freeport and Nassau, Bahamas on an 8-day sojourn aboard the new Carnival Magic.

“With about 1% of the population – or an estimated 1 million people – now affected by Autism Spectrum Disorders, there is an indisputable need for families with special needs to take a break in an environment that is comfortable and accepting,” says Mike Sobbell, founder, Autism on the Seas. “We provide these special families with real vacation options – where they can enjoy a sense of normalcy and belonging.”

Here is a list of their upcoming cruises, and if you’re interested, testimonials from people who’ve vacationed through the program.

This is a great organization… if your family is living with the day-to- day challenges of Autism and its associated disabilities, Autism on the Seas could be the vacation you’ve been wanting.  Find out more about them here.

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