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Weekly Whirl - Spring Break!

If anyone knows how hectic life can get – WE DO! That’s why we have created the Autism Speaks Weekly Whirl to fill you in on all of the highlights of the week! The last thing we want is for you to be left out of the loop! Please share with friends and family to spread the word about all of the exciting things going on in the autism community. Keep in mind, these updates aren’t limited to Autism Speaks — we will be featuring news from across the community.


Whether it is a family camping trip, or a visit to a foreign country, these vacations involve travel in some form or another. Many individuals with autism and their families do not travel because they are concerned with the changes and disruptions in routines that traveling today requires.

This month, Community Connections offers you tips on how to make traveling with an individual with autism easier. Learn how to prepare for travel with advice from experienced moms and valuable web resources to get your summer vacation off to a smooth start.

We hope your family decides to go and have some fun! Read more here.

Check out what some of the community is doing for their spring breaks!

Patty Israel: Going to the beach!
Herman Gasaway Jr.: Just going to kick back & relax at the beach. Oh, and backyard BBQs....
Debbie Lorraine Connolly: Going for a weeks break in skegness fingers crossed x
Nadia Saucedo Reyes: We are going to Disneyland. I spoke with Guest Services who advised us to go to City Hall and obtain a disability pass for our son with Autism. They are to ask a set of questions to determine what kind of pass he will get and it is good for both parks for the duration of stay for a party of up to 6.
Ellen Sanders: Taking a trip to VA and NC. Traveling with an autistic son is actually pretty good and it will give him something to look forward too.
Kathy P: Omg I can't wait! Taking the kids to see Thomas the train!!!! My oldest is going to have the surprise of his life!!!

Allison Hernandez: We are heading to NYC for break to visit family. Even though we go there a couple times a year we always have to work on my son's schedule and needs. When its time to leave somewhere it is time to go. If you want to hit the train and go downtown he may have to stay behind and hangout with Grandma. Whatever works for a great viist is what we do.
Teresa Raney-Stockton: After we get through the ST and OT for the week I am hoping for Grandma's house. It's only about an hour or so. What's better? And cheap too which is good right now.
Allyssa Devoe-Townsend: We're going to Busch Gardens and Colonial Williamsburg. Our son went on his first ride ever there 1.5 years ago. We can't wait! Busch Gardens is awesome with kids with disabilities.
Allison Bookstaber: Great Wolf Lodge in Pennsylvania. Although there are other locations for those who might be interested.

The Autism Speaks blog features opinions from people throughout the autism community. Each blog represents the point of view of the author and does not necessarily reflect Autism Speaks' beliefs or point of view.