Here is another story on traveling with autistic kids (from the New York Times).

The story mentions three different places that cater to families with autistic kids:

The Autism on the Seas trips from Alumni Cruises, a booking agency in Shelton, Conn., have tripled the last two years, far outpacing the company’s beading- and home school-themed voyages and now accounting for almost half its revenue. Adam’s Camp, a Colorado organization that provides camp-style sessions at Snow Mountain Ranch, in Granby, for children with disabilities and their families, added a fifth week this year and is considering a sixth because of the increased demand from the families of children with autism. It has also begun a program on Nantucket and hopes to add additional sites.

At Smugglers’ Notch Resort in Vermont, three-quarters of the participants in a program for people with special needs are autistic, and that number increases every year, according to Kris Connolly, manager of adaptive programs at the resort, who will provide one-on-one care if required, or steer a child with autism to a group of kids who are the same developmental, as opposed to chronological, age. “We might spend an extra 20 minutes at the pool if the water is calming to a child, or he enjoys the feeling of buoyancy,” she said. “If we see real enjoyment at the swing set, that’s where we’ll take extra time.”

And while hotels and resorts have focused on accommodating guests with physical handicaps since the enactment of the Americans With Disabilities Act in 1990, according to Scott Berman, a hospitality and leisure analyst at PricewaterhouseCoopers, the 300-hotel chain Microtel Inns & Suites, which has won awards from disability-rights organizations for going above and beyond the requirements of the law to welcome guests with physical differences, includes discussions of hidden disabilities like autism in staff training.

This is really encouraging. It makes sense that with the dramatic rise in autism rates, some travel companies stand to make money by catering to the special needs population.

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