It is important for children with autism to enjoy days out just the same as other children, and it is also vital that their siblings do not miss out. Choosing the right venue can go a long way in helping the whole family to have fun, giving the child on the spectrum the treat they deserve and their parents the light relief they need. Helped by advice from the National Autistic Society, here are some ideas for days out that the whole family can enjoy.
Alton Towers | Children with a disability can take up to three helpers with them to Alton Towers at a discounted rate, although proof of their disability is needed. They may also be able to get a Ride Access Pass, giving specific times for rides. Check out the FAQs and Accessibility area of the attraction’s website for more details.
Chessington World of Adventure | Like Alton Towers, Chessington offers discounted rates for helpers, but photographic evidence of a disability is needed, such as an orange or blue badge. The child will pay the full rate for entry, but then it is possible to have one helper admitted free and another given a discounted rate. Discover more details on Chessington’s website.
Drayton Manor | Younger children will love the magical Thomas Land at this Staffordshire attraction, not to mention the many other rides and zoo animals. The park is renowned for catering for children with special needs, and some may be able to avoid long queues for rides if this is arranged.
Legoland Windsor | One carer will be admitted free with a disabled child at this ever-popular family attraction. Youngsters may also be eligible for a special ten-ride access pass, although proof of disability is needed once again. This can be invaluable for youngsters who do not understand the queuing concept and may get unduly frustrated by the wait.
The London Eye | Use the disabled booking line to be eligible for a discounted rate and a free carer ride. It is also possible to negotiate with staff if queuing is likely to be a problem.
Tower of London | The Tower of London actually has its own guide for families and children with Asperger’s syndrome or autism . This can help you plan your visit and make sure that your child understands exactly what will happen during the day and what they will do and see, minimising some of the anxiety issues that can arise. There is a concessionary rate for disabled people and a carer can go free. Find out more on the website.