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learning difficulties

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learning difficulties

Well done TA for creating this helpful forum.

Our son in nineteen and a half and has learning difficulties. Basically he has a lot of trouble reading, coping with more than one or two instructions at the one time and gets easily confused etc etc. He is a shy (unless he knows a person well and feels comfortable being around them), gentle soul who is not at all interested in drinking, partying or rowdy places.

We have always travelled as a family, however our son would love to go to places like the USA (Disneyland) and Africa, Europe and Egypt. We would love to be able to accompany him, but we are limited with our time and finances, plus it would be good for him to become more independant and social with others more his age.

Does anyone know of any travel companies that operate tours for young people with disabilities? Sort of like a Contiki type tour, but with much smaller numbers and with caring, gentle tour staff who will look after and guide these young people.

Any help would be so greatly appreciated

Nicky

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1. Re: learning difficulties

HI Nicky!

What a great question and a great opportunity for your son.

I know of local travel companies that work with people having physical disabilities - but I had not seen any noting they work with people with learning or developmental disabilities. I learn something new every day! :)

You may have already found these companies, but I did a search and they were new to me. These all appear to be US based and do US travel - maybe it is a good place to start?

The following travel companies were found on this page: http://www.makoa.org/travel.htm about Disablity Travel and Recreation - under the heading "travel companions."

=> The Guided Tour, Inc. http://www.guidedtour.com/destination.html They go to Disney World, Las Vegas, Paris, Egypt and many more places!

=> Go Sprout! http://www.gosprout.org/001.html It looks like the specialize in tours of New York and other Northeast destinations in the US.

=> Trips Inc Guided Travel: http://www.tripsinc.com/ They go to many US destinations including San Diego, Hawaii and even some cruises.

Now I have not checked out any of these companies, so if the are new to you - I'm sure I don't have to remind you to check up on their reputations.

This is an area of travel I had not considered before - and I'm glad there are companies out there to help.

Anyone else have any suggestions?

-Noah

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hi nicenicky,were you aware that Qantas offers buy one get one for free airfare for registered carers to take the disabled travelling?

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3. Re: learning difficulties

sorry,,,,a little wrong.....

qantas.com.au/info/…jump2

Travelling with an Escort or Carer

its a reduced fare...

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4. Re: learning difficulties

Hi lilyana;

Your info about Quantas would make a great post by itself !

Best Regards

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ah ok, thanks

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Hi;

To clarify;

The reduced fare offer by Quantas is only for travel within Australia & New Zealand.

Best Regards

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sorry forgot to say that.

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Thank you lovely people for your prompt replies!

I did not know about this service offered by Qantas, however although our son has learning difficulties and is on a disability pension at the moment, he is quite independant and really only requires guidance and assistance at times. We do not get a carer's allowance for him.

I will check out the links you posted Noah - thank you for you help. Maybe if these companies aren't suitable, they may lead to a similar company within Australia.

Nicky

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Hi;

Good Luck Nicky !

Please do report back here with whatever info you do find so that we can share it with others.

Best Regards

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sorry it wasnt a help for you.....

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