Holiday places and information
Holidays for disabled children and young people with additional needs need good planning. So our page offers top tips from parents on getting away and minimising stress at airports as well as companies offering accessible holiday accommodation. You’ll also find information about proper, accessible changing places around the UK.
Accomable: accessible holiday properties
This specialist agency – which became part of Airbnb in November 2017 – was set up by disabled entrepreneurs and childhood friends Martyn Sibley, a lifelong Cambridgeshire resident, and Srin Madipalli, both of whom have Spinal Muscular Atrophy and use motorised wheelchairs.
The site offers hundreds of adapted and accessible properties across the UK and worldwide that fit a range of budgets, including city centre apartments and country houses in locations ranging from Australia and Mexico to Paris and Spain.
Eddie's holiday home, North Norfolk Coast
Good to knows ...
More UK airports, including are offering assistance programmes for families needing support and quick boarding and some offer wristbands and lanyards to passengers and families so that they can be more easily identified by staff.
Manchester has a booklet designed for young travellers with autism, with a step-by-step guide of what to expect. Anxious passengers can be fast-tracked through security to make travelling easier. More info about Manchester Airport special assistance
Birmingham also has an autism assistance video.
Help at Stansted Airport
Proper changing facilities – find one on your travels.
Travelling with a child or young person who is severely disabled?
Standard accessible toilets don’t meet the needs of over 250,000 people in the UK. Changing Places toilets, on the other hand, have a height-adjustable, full-sized changing bench and hoist. And there are now 1000 of them around the UK.
Find a Changing Places facility — including UK airports.
There’s a UK airports page too. Find out more
Our parents say ....
“Cannot recommend Autism Assistance at Birmingham Airport highly enough.
“Boys given green lanyards, bypassed the queue at check in and went straight to the front of the queue, bypassed the long queue at security and now sitting in the aspire lounge where it’s so quiet waiting to be escorted by OCS ( airport assistance) to the departure gate for priority boarding on to the plane. In all the years we have been travelling with the kids it’s the first time from Birmingham Airport, and it’s been totally stress-free. Fantastic job – and only 1hr 15mins from Cambridge, so much quicker than Gatwick.”
HFT holiday guide
The 2018 guide, available to download online, offers lots of practical ideas and help for breaks at home and abroad, including getting help at airports, mobility equipment hire, accessible days out, walks and cruises.
It’s been put together by the Family Carer Support Service, which provides free advice and support to family carers who have relatives with learning disabilities.
You’ll also find:
- Useful Advice
- General Guides and Information
- Tour Operators
- Places to stay – UK
- Meeting specialist health needs
- Places to stay – Abroad
- Specific Interest Holidays
- Benefits and help
Contact a Family holiday guide
If you’re looking for fun ideas for trips and play days, Contact a Family has updated its Holidays, Play and Leisure parent guide. It’s packed with useful information to help you plan to keep the kids occupied during the holidays and more. Download a copy