How much do you wish that more people you meet knew something, or indeed anything, about autism and, as a result, were better prepared to understand your child’s issues and needs?
And wouldn’t it be wonderful if you could plan a vacation comfortable in the knowledge that the staff at the airline you’d be flying with and/or the resort where you’d be staying truly understood these issues?
Well, simply stated, the service staff at any company that has been certified as ‘Autism Aware’ has had that training and they do understand. They will also be prepared to answer your questions before you book and travel.
They have been trained to expect the unexpected, be non-judgmental and autism-inclusivity aware.
And, remember, those places that don’t have this designation are still completely in the dark about autism. Certified ‘Autism Aware’ companies will simply serve your family better.
Where do you find these Autism Aware hotels, airlines and attractions? We will shortly be introducing a Searchable Directory.
LEVEL TWO – AUTISM READY
Staff at ‘Autism Ready’ certified establishments have been trained in much greater detail than just awareness: The training here is job-specific and deals with the kind of real, everyday situations that you may encounter when away from home with your child.
For example, food and beverage staff training will have sensitized them to the importance of such things as special dietary needs and how excessive wait times can present problems for somebody who needs everything to be “now!”. A further example would be that security staff have received specific training about the dangers of elopement – wandering off or running away.
Autism Ready staff will have been trained to be aware of most of the challenges that can (and likely will) arise and they will be ready if and when you ask for their help.
In short, these establishments are ready to welcome you and your family and have invested in lightening your load while you are with them.
Where do you find these ‘Autism Ready’ hotels, airlines and attractions? We will shortly be introducing a searchable directory.
LEVEL THREE – AUTISM DOUBLE-CHECKED
It’s great when the staff at the airline, resort or visitor attraction you plan to visit are ‘Autism Ready’ but wouldn’t it be even better if you had all of the information that you need to help you plan your trip? Now you have just exactly that!
Along with these ‘Autism Double-Checked’ certified companies, we have prepared an indexed Visitor Guide for you. It is filled with specific details about possible sensory issues, safety issues and much more: All specific to that location. Best of all, the index is listed by sensory challenge, which allows you quickly to focus on only the information that is specific to your own child’s needs.
We have also worked with these ‘Autism Double-Checked’ certified companies to produce a Social StoryTM specific to that company. It contains guidance about adapting and utilizing it for your child.
Certified ‘Autism Double-Checked’ companies are rolling out the red carpet for you and your family.
Where do you find these Autism Double-Checked hotels, airlines and attractions? We will shortly be introducing a searchable directory. In the meantime here are some examples that you can check out.