Thursday, May 16, 2013

Vacation Time - Part 1

I have a love/hate relationship with summer vacations.  I so look forward to taking a vacation every year, but I don't like the frustrations I sometimes experience related to mobility and accessibility.  But this year, I have done some research and found vacations specifically targeting people with all types of disAbilities.

It's a long list, so I may break it up into a couple of posts.  Here is the start of the list.  And please feel free to add information about your own positive vacation experiences for people with disabilities.

Oh, and one more thing - I have not personally visited or used any of the services listed. I just found out about them, but do plan to check them out!

Eggleston Services - Summer Vacations for Adults with Disabilities
** Now Taking Reservations; Call 757-487-6062 for details ***
2210 Cedar Road Chesapeake, VA 23323-6303

People and Places
(716) 937-1813 (716) 496-8826
People and Places is a not-for-profit organization providing small group, year-round vacation opportunities for persons with developmental disabilities since 1975. Each trip is limited to 8 participants who travel with two staff escorts. Escorts make every effort to help everyone feel welcome and comfortable in their new environment and to make new friends! They supervise the administration of medications, provide reminders and selfcare assistance as needed, and monitor vacationer spending money upon request. They incorporate individual interests, preferences, and choices
throughout each trip to make each vacation a meaningful and memorable experience.

Group Vacations for individuals with disabilities ages 21 years and up.
Usual group size is 10 participants with 3 Sprout leaders

Sundial Tours
Call 1-800-547-9198 1-503-325-4484
Sundial has been providing special vacations for developmentally disabled adults since 1968. Tour guide ratio is 1:7 depending on capabilities of the groups.

provides all-inclusive escorted vacations for travelers with developmental disabilities ages 17 and up. Tours operate with one staff escort for every two to five participants. Our staff assist with participants' needs so generally a personal care attendant is not needed. Prices include EVERYTHING: all activities, accommodations, meals, transportation, tour staff, and tips.

Ventures Travel, LLC provides opportunities for older teens and
adults with disabilities to travel to popular destinations across the United States, Mexico, and Canada.

Morgan’s Wonderland
Morgan's Wonderland is located in San Antonio, Texas. It is the World's First Ultra Accessible Family Fun Park designed specifically for children and adults with special needs, their family members, caregivers, friends and the entire community. This 25-acre park is a unique oasis, that through the spirit of inclusion, allows people of all abilities to play, learn and share life changing experiences together, in a fun and safe environment.

Activities & Amenities include:
 air conditioned/heated and oversized ADA accessible restrooms
 3 Playscapes
 Train Rides with wheelchair accessible cars
 Ultra Accessible Carousel
 Amphitheater
 Catch-and-Release Fishing
 Water Cannons & Remote-Controlled Boats
 Gymnasium (basketball, volleyball & tennis)
 Walk and Roll Path around lake
 “Around the World” – themed rest areas
 Water Works - Water Play Area
 Music Garden
 Swings (several types including wheelchair swings)
 Sand Circle™
 Sensory Village™
 Garden Sanctuary with Memorial Wall
 Several Rest Stops, Picnic Areas & Pavilions
 2 First Aid Stations & Feeding Room
 Braille Signage, 3-D Park Model & Service Animal Rest Area
 VIA Transit Center
 Secured entry and exit, Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) wristbands and
monitors, PA and emergency notification systems, video surveillance, and 8’
perimeter fencing.

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