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17/08/2015 UK Airports Need To Step Up Their Assistance For Those With Autism
By Alice Fowler. The Airport Parking Shop recently surveyed UK parents who have children on the Autistic Spectrum and got their views on travelling through UK airports and what their experiences were like. 80% of the parents said that they usually find the experience rather daunting - this article has some great tips for you and also explores how airports could improve the experience.
Keyword(s): Accessibility information, access guides | Airlines and air transport | Customer relations | Disability, disabilities, technical aids | Education, training | Management of tourist venues and attractions | Marinas and ports services | Safety and security issues | Special services for disabled visitors | Tourist information services | Transport services | Young childrens' and families' holidays and services | Youth tourism
21/03/2015 Mencap. About Learning Disability
Find out more about some of the key issues relating to learning disability and find information and advice for parents, carers and the family, and professionals working with someone with a learning disability. About learning disability: Read more about what a learning disability is, find out about its causes and what it means for people with a learning disability. Health: Information on key issues relating to health and healthcare for people with a learning disability. Education: Our advice about education, including choosing the right school and making sense of the statementing process. Transition and further education: Leaving school and moving into adult life can be an exciting and challenging time for young people and their parents, with lots of choices to be made. Friendships and relationships: Relationships play a vital part in everyone’s lives, including people with a learning disability. Accessing services: Find out how to access services in your community, from short breaks to finding a place to live. Money, benefits and assessments. Find out more about the benefits and assessments you and your family might be entitled to. Laws and rights: More about key rights and laws designed to protect and empower people with a learning disability. Providing for the future: Planning for the future can help provide a sense of comfort and security. For parents and carers: If you care for someone with a learning disability, it's important to make sure you get the right support. For professionals: Good practice advice for professionals working with someone with a learning disability. Resources centre: Welcome to the Mencap resources centre!
Keyword(s): Disability, disabilities, technical aids | Education, training | Employment, working conditions | Lifestyle | Mind, body, spirit | Policy, legislation | Safety and security issues | Special services for disabled visitors
01/02/2015 Autism Speaks - Resource Library (USA)
For those who want to learn more about autism, browse the latest books, magazine articles, educational manuals, software, and much more.
Keyword(s): Assistive Technologies | Disability, disabilities, technical aids | Education, training | Health, therapy, wellness | Information and Communication Technologies | Publishing | Safety and security issues | Staff training
24/11/2014 15 Airports That Offer “Rehearsal Programs” for Individuals With Autism
Flying. It’s something we take for granted these days. 40 or 50 years ago flying was an experience. You prepared for it, you wore nice clothes, you told all your friends that you would flying on an airplane, It was an event. Today… Not so much. Flying is almost as pedestrian as taking a bus ride. No more fun or excitement, just part of the routine. For children with autism and other special needs Flying is still an event. The change in routine, the noise, the unfamiliar surroundings, the crowds all contribute to an overwhelming and overstimulating experience that can cause some major meltdowns. Flying Rehearsal Programs: Taking a child with autism on a plane requires some advanced planning and preparation. Thankfully there are now programs in place at many airports that that provide children with autism a flying experience without ever lifting off the ground. Participants pack their bags, ride to the airport, pass through security, and continue through the whole flying process including boarding, “flying” and deplaning.
Keyword(s): Airlines and air transport | Customer relations | Disability, disabilities, technical aids | Young childrens' and families' holidays and services
24/11/2014 Architecture for Autism
Adapted architecture can make an enormous difference in the lives of people with autism and those around them. This site's mission is to share and expand knowledge to make built spaces responsive to the needs of the persons in question.
Keyword(s): Architecture, design and planning | Buildings and facilities design, maintenance | Design Guidelines, Design-for-All | Disability, disabilities, technical aids | Education, training
11/09/2014 Autistic Globetrotting
In 2009, Margalit Francus, mother of a teenage son with autism, established a nonprofit website, Autistic Globetrotting, to inspire and encourage autistic families to explore the world. Her articles have appeared in many media publications, including Travelinmom.com,The friendship circle Blog.SATH ,Autisable and Blogher.By communicating with both the autistic and travel communities, she aims to raise autism awareness and facilitate the implementation of much needed accomodations for special needs travelers.
Keyword(s): Accessibility information, access guides | Accommodation services | Adventure | Airlines and air transport | Attractions | Customer relations | Disability, disabilities, technical aids | Education, training | Heritage | Hospitality | Lifestyle | Mind, body, spirit | Safety and security issues | Special services for disabled visitors | Staff training | Tourist information services | Young childrens' and families' holidays and services | Youth tourism
22/07/2014 Pantou - The European Accessible Tourism Directory
Pantou is the Greek word for Everywhere. This web site, supported by the European Commission, presents the Directory of suppliers of accessible tourism services in all European Union and Accession countries. It also includes suppliers such as travel agents and tour operators who provide accessible services to Europe-inbound customers. The Pantou Directory makes it easier for tourists with any kind of access needs to find what they are looking for when planning a visit. It promotes European accessible tourism suppliers, showing places to go and things to do – in safety and with convenience and comfort. Until now it has been difficult for a visitor with access needs to find out about the availability of suitable suppliers across Europe. Pantou has been developed to meet the need for a reliable and comprehensive pan-European guide to all kinds of tourism services that are currently offered for this market segment. Registered Tourist Guides are invited to register with Pantou and reach a wider clientelle. It's free of charge to register and use Pantou.
Keyword(s): Accessibility information, access guides | Accommodation services | Adventure | Ancient monuments | Architecture, design and planning | Assistive Technologies | Buildings and facilities design, maintenance | Bus and coach transport, touring | Cafés, restaurants, bars and pubs | Customer relations | Disability, disabilities, technical aids | Diving, sub-aqua | Drivers, driving, motoring | Education, training | Equestrian sports, events | Ferries and maritime transport | Festivals - music, dance | Golf | Health, therapy, wellness | Heritage | Horse-riding and pony-trekking | Hospitality | Hotel management, hotel business | Information and Communication Technologies | Insurance services | Lifestyle | Literature | Location-based services | Management of tourist venues and attractions | Marinas and ports services | Medical and nursing care, treatment | Motor sports | Museums and galleries | Music | Natural Phenomena | Nature parks | Opera | Ornithology, bird-watching | Photography, film and video | Policy, legislation | Publishing | Rail travel | Religion | Retail | Safety and security issues | Shopping | Shows and theatre | Social tourism | Special services for disabled visitors | Sports | Therapy, wellness | Tourist information services | Transport services | Travel bags, luggage, accessories | Travel agents | Travel services | Visual arts | Walking and hiking | Young childrens' and families' holidays and services | Youth tourism