Autism Friendly Parks & Resorts

I am momma of a young man with Autism, Also a graduate of the Developmental Service Worker program.  I also believe in Redefining Family Travel. I want to assist you and your whole family in planning a magical vacation that everyone will enjoy & remember.   Reach out to  me to further discuss your familys needs

Certified  Center via IBCCES website

The Certified Autism Center (CAC) designation recognizes organizations that have successfully completed extensive training from leading autism experts. Each CAC ensures all families with autism and other sensory disorders are properly accommodated

Theme Parks

Discovery Cove

Discovery Cove is a paradise of rocky lagoons, tropical reefs, winding rivers, and pristine white-sand beaches in a lushly landscaped park that feels more like a secluded island than an easily accessible attraction in America’s vacation capital. We are committed in our efforts to offer families inclusive activities for all of our guests.

Aquatica Orlando

Aquatica Orlando continually strives to create safe, fun and meaningful experiences for all of our guests. We are committed in our effort to accommodate guests with disabilities. Aquatica Orlando is excited to partner with the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES) organization to become a certified autism center. Aquatica Orlando will be the world’s first waterpark to receive this designation. Working closely with IBCCES, the staff at Aquatica will be continually trained to assist guests with ASD and their families to help ensure a positive experience during their visit. Guests will also be provided with specific information about our attractions and experiences along with in park accommodations to help them plan their day and make informed choices best suited to their individual needs. Aquatica was recently named the number 1 waterpark for both Orlando and America. We are proud of our ambassadors and their ability to provide fun and memorable experiences through exceptional service. Becoming a certified autism center is part of that continued focus

Dolphin Cove Ocho Rios

Proud to be a certified and socially responsible company, Dolphin Cove Ocho Rios by Dolphin Discovery is the # 1 company where you can live the dream of swimming with dolphins while enjoying the breathtaking view of the Caribbean Sea. Discover incredible ways to connect with nature, uncover the world of these marine mammals and live an unforgettable experience for the whole family.

Sesame Place- Philadelphia, PA

NEW IN SPRING 2018 at Sesame Place® is our biggest, most exciting roller coaster ever – Oscar’s Wacky Taxi™! Our new wooden-steel hybrid roller coaster will take pint-sized thrill-seekers and their families on a crazy, curvy taxi cab ride, with everyone’s favorite grouch at the helm.

So before little kids become big kids, go before they grow® to the nation’s only theme park based entirely on Sesame Street®.

Resorts

Beaches Resorts- Turks N Caicos

Dive into a one-of-a-kind, unbelievably exciting all-inclusive Turks & Caicos vacation for the whole family.

A 45,000 square-foot safe and secure waterpark; four magnificent villages with special sensory accommodations, boasting the architecture and ambiance of Italy, France, the Caribbean and Key West and a 12-mile beach lapped by comforting clear turquoise waters; endless fun activities and sensory friendly excursions for everyone, from tots to tweens and teens.

This resort features Sesame Street characters including “Julia”, the newest addition to the team who has Autism, the new Xbox Play Lounge and a sizzlin’ teen disco, Liquid at Beaches – all located on one of the worlds best beaches. Special sensory friendly areas will be designated in the resort for children and families needing a little retreat from the excitement. Staff at this resort has been nationally certified by IBCCES standards in autism training.

Beaches Resorts- Negril, Jamaica

Get ready to embrace the laid-back spirit at this low-rise resort perched along Jamaica’s famed Seven Mile Beach. From the moment you enter the open-air lobby you’ll be caught up by fresh ocean breezes and the vibrant colors of the West Indies.

Bringing the outside in, this all-inclusive resort and spa in Negril, Jamaica is always open to the breathtaking beauty of the tropics. The vibe here is totally carefree and about spending time with those you love. The feeling of safety and security here is second to none. Certified trained staff in many areas including Autism will give you that piece of mind throughout your entire stay! Special sensory friendly areas will be designated in the resort for children and families needing a little retreat from the excitemen

Beaches Resorts- Ocho Rios

Voted among the Top 10 Best Beach Resorts by Parents magazine. Twenty-two acres of lush tropical gardens, a gorgeous private white-sand beach, 6 gourmet restaurants featuring a wide variety of food options, 3 fantastic safe and secure swimming pools, a dedicated scuba practice pool and an entire ocean of watersports are just a few of the places and things to explore.

Plus, only at Beaches Ocho Rios, families can meet Oscar, the resident Grouch from Sesame Street®, and participate in the From Trash to Treasure activity and join in at Oscar’s Sing-A-Long pre-show… all part of the Beaches Resorts’ Caribbean Adventure with Sesame Street®. With the arrival of “Julia” the newest member of the characters who has Autism, every child and family is sure to feel welcomed and enjoy their stay! Staff at this resort has been nationally Certified by IBCCES standards in autism training.

Sheraton Park Anaheim, Anaheim,CA

Surrounded by world-famous Disneyland® theme parks, shopping, dining and entertainment, Sheraton Park Hotel at the Anaheim Resort is at the heart of the best things to do in Southern California.

Our hotel has proudly partnered with our local Autism community to focus on key ways our trained staff can ensure a fun, safe and memorable experience for all of our travelers. We are delighted to partner with you on special requests and will be reaching out to you prior to you your arrival to go over ways we can help.

As a Disneyland® family hotel, we offer a comfortable and inviting space for your family’s vacation or business trip. With you in mind, we’ve transformed our hotel with a multi-million dollar renovation to offer a space that’s perfect for your cast of characters. While you are here, relax amongst our tropical surroundings while enjoying a host of amenities in one of our 490 refreshed guest rooms.

Grand Palladium Bavaro Suites Resort & Spa

Located in their Punta Cana Resorts complex, you’ll find the Grand Palladium Bávaro Suites Resort & Spa, named after one of the most famous beaches on the east coast of Quisqueya. The island’s beautiful tropical landscape provides the perfect harmony for the soundtrack of this paradisiacal haven: the murmur of waves crashing on fine white sands that cover a stunning 1 km long beach. Surrounded by some impressive palm trees and sumptuous vegetation, this Resort shares a great selection of restaurants, bars and entertainment and sports options with the Grand Palladium Palace Resort Spa & Casino and the Grand Palladium Punta Cana Resort & Spa.

The Grand Palladium Resort Complex in Punta Cana has new facilities bringing together the Mini Club (children from 4 to 12 years) and the Baby Club (children from 1 to 3 years) in one place so that families, and particularly children, can enjoy a wide range of open-air activities during the day and the night. Along with the entire staff at Bavaro, the children’s centre staff is committed to accommodating children on the autism spectrum by receiving training & certification through IBCCES

Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort & Spa

Located in Ponte Vedra Beach, midway between St. Augustine and Jacksonville, our resort offers something for everyone. From a pristine and private beach to world class golf and spa, Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort and Spa is the perfect getaway for both business and pleasure.

We offer a wide array of spacious rooms and villas with special touches and plenty of space. Families and couples can take advantage of our multiple pools, SurfStream wave pool, beach activities, spa, fitness center and 6 restaurants and lounges. Hop on our complimentary shuttle for a quick ride over to our private beach club, where you’ll find stunning Ponte Vedra beach.

There are so many others great places listed, go to this site to find out more. https://certifiedautismcenter.com/centers/?location&directory_category=2261

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