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Doctor Member Posts: 5
edited August 2016 in Autism and neurodiversity
I pride myself on being organised and usually after September I have booked our holiday for the next year. But Mr Noisy is more and more challenging , don t think can face another flight unless things improve dramatically .But Mr Noisy does love his holiday.Where do people take their adult children on holiday?
Ideas please :)


  • ronnie
    ronnie Member Posts: 1
    My son is 31yrs, He is not a beach holiday type.

    We've been to Monkey world, Dorset.
    Disneyland Paris.
    Cadbury's World.
    Longleat Safari Park.
    I've usually done this by coach,with a local pick up,and stayed in a twin room, these places I take Stephen to are disability friendly.
    Hope this helps
  • Mixxi
    Mixxi Member Posts: 29
    Can I put a vote in for Center Parcs? My son absolutely loves it. At 9 he's probably a bit younger than yours but there were many adults with special needs there. Generally speaking I found the whole experience pretty relaxing - there is a range of accomadation so you don't have to disturb others. The little train at Longleat is a huge plus point in my little monkey's book. There are maps everywhere. The cycle centre were absolutely brilliant at fixing us up with a bike. The staff (including resturant staff) were cheerful, helpful and accepting. Suggest you go outside term time when there are less pesky mainstream kids around and it's a bit cheaper.
  • JimJams
    JimJams Member Posts: 174 Connected
    We bought a timeshare in the grounds of a hotel in scotland, we bought a week outwith school hols so my son does not get anxious about having to socialise with other kids, he has a brilliant relaxing time, as its the same house the same week etc each year which suits him down to the ground being autistic
  • TaraBailee
    TaraBailee Member Posts: 1
    Any ideas for a nearly 19, who wants a holiday without his family so he can have a break? pref doortodoor as can't drive we live in south norfolk thanks
  • ScopeHelpline
    ScopeHelpline Member Posts: 207 Courageous
    Hello Tara,
    Have you tried the Tourism for All website? They have a directory of holiday providers with links to their websites. Hope this is helpful and you find what you're looking for.
    Kind regards Scope Helpline
  • Smita
    Smita Member Posts: 1
    i am also looking for my son to be able to go on holiday with other young people with mild learning difficulties or be supported in some way. i have looked at the tourism for all link however it is always useful to have personal recommendations. my son has strengths and weaknesses so does not need lots of support but at the same time can be vulnerable.
  • Emma
    Emma Member Posts: 85 Connected
    edited September 2015
    Do take a look at the holiday tips as there are lots of personal recommendations in there:
    It would also be good to hear from other parents if anyone else has any tips?
  • socksoff
    socksoff Member Posts: 31
    Hi Smita - I think it is a struggle. We tried twice to go abroad - and did manage it but to be honest the preparation and stress of the airport made it quite a challenge. My son doesn't like noisy, crowded places and will scream to make that known! Now we go back to the same place in Cornwall where we know the people who own the holiday cottages. He loves pottering about with chickens in the farmyard - still shouts at children on the beach - but it works in that we all like going there and get some sort of holiday. This year for the first time, we are trying out some local childcare, as it's hard for us to go for walks etc and we need a break too, and the person helping us has experience with autism so hoping that that works and we can maybe take our daughter out for a pizza or an ice-cream or something. We have managed Centerparcs in January but it's very expensive in the summer and very crowded - he does like it but still screams in the pool! Hey ho! Let me know if you find any good places.
  • Sneezy
    Sneezy Member Posts: 15 Listener
    edited September 2015
    kate mcglynn holidayhome is a holiday home in Argyll for those with a disability or long term condition. It has hoists, a wet room with special chairs etc. there are loads of bronze age standing stones and cairns within 10 minutes (flat, wheelchair accessible) walk and loads of sheep, cows, bulls, goats and horses within that same 10 mins walk.
  • Natasha Brown
    Natasha Brown Member Posts: 108 Courageous
    we stayed here at new year as near my brother... in fife scotland

    the lady who runs it fosters/does short breaks for children with LDs and has adults with LDs living on the site in one of the cottages, supported living, so she would be able to help and advise on any of your needs. give her a call it is a lovely place for walks and tranquillity and the cottages are well equipped including washing machine.
  • ajchm
    ajchm Member Posts: 7 Connected
    If you want to go abroad, consider the boat to northern Spain, its a 24 crossing but very pleasant, and northern Spain is beautiful but not quite as hot. There were many people with disabilities on the ferry, the staff were very helpful (those with specially adapted vehicles cant rent easily so choose to drive). Just book a cabin so you have a private bolt hole, dd spent the whole crossing playing computer games whilst we relaxed in the bar!
  • hearty
    hearty Member Posts: 1
    Anyone in cork area Ireland have the name of a good school camp for my boy who has a intellictual disability he is six years old.
  • Minimum
    Minimum Member Posts: 6 Listener
    We have been to the Calvert Trust in the Lake District & have just booked to go to the Kielder one in October with my daughter who is 21 and has a learning disability & autism. It's an activity holiday, and as it's geared to people with disabilities, it's very relaxing for parents/ carers. Kielder also offers respite breaks for adults with learning disabilities. We have decided not to take our adult disabled daughter on a family holiday abroad this year as our holiday was a disaster last year with her- she would not come out with the rest of the family on any outings, so it ended up with us splitting up each day & either myself or my husband remaining in the apartment, while the other took our younger daughter out on trips. The flight home (10 hours!) was also difficult for us- 1st & last long haul flight!!


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