Supported Holidays Offer the World to People with Learning Disabilities
For people with learning disabilities, traveling can create unique challenges, but that’s no reason to opt out of your dream holiday. The past decade has seen a rise in learning disability charities and other organisations that offer supported holidays for individuals with learning disabilities.
What Supported Holidays Provide
With worldwide destinations that include the U.K., Europe, and the U.S.A., the world is more accessible than ever. From campgrounds to the finest accommodations and from a few days to several weeks, that trip of a lifetime is within your grasp.
A growing number of providers assist adults with a variety of travel needs, including:
- qualified staff, trained in working with individuals with disabilities
- tailoring holidays for individual clients
- inclusion of family, friends, and caregivers
- planning for small or large groups
- 24-hour support
- booking travel and accommodations
- door-to-door transport
- organization a variety of activities and day trips
Whether your idea of fun is lounging on the beach, playing the role of active adventurer, or setting out to learn what the locals know, you can find the support you need to make it happen.
How to Find a Supported Holiday Organisation
Some supported holiday organisations work to assist individuals with mild to moderate learning disabilities, and others provide more services to support people who have additional needs. Your favorite learning disability charity may be able to offer advice in choosing the right organization to help arrange your trip.
Before booking a trip, ask for recommendations and do some background work. Key points of your research should include:
- Ask about staff qualifications and experience with your particular disability.
- Request a written list of prices, including meals and extras. If it’s an all-inclusive plan, get a list of exactly what is included.
- Request written policy regarding guarantees, cancellations, insurance, and refunds.
- Clarify if you will receive 24-hour assistance or one-on-one assistance if you need it.
- Ask who your contact person will be.
- Ask if friends, family, or personal caregivers can join you and, if so, what is the rate.
- If considering a group plan, ask about the ratio of staff to clients.
- Mention any additional needs you have and ask if they can be safely accommodated.
The Fun Part
Everybody likes to enjoy a little adventure now and then, and people with learning disabilities are no exception. Arranging your travel through a specialist provider can take the burden off your shoulders, leaving you with the fun part of the equation. You’ve got the world at your fingertips. Whatever you do, don’t forget to pack the camera.