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Here is a compilation of resources that you may find useful:

 

Access Pass Program - $1 admission into Children's Museum, Conner Prairie, and other attractions for eligible families

Extreme Sports Camp, an Athletic Experience for Autism - winter and summer camps and programs

Family Enrichment Weekend for families who have a child with autism

Lucas Oil Stadium - accommodations for individuals with autism at Indianapolis Colts games, including a Social Story

Planning a Trip to Walt Disney Resort - A Resource for Guests with Cognitive Disabilities Including Autism Spectrum Disorder

Playgrounds for All - find an accessible playground near you

Summer Break Visual Support - for summer vacation from school, from Indiana Resource Center for Autism

Summer Camp Resources

Toys for Individuals with Autism and other Disabilities

Visual supports for holidays, celebrations,school breaks and more from Indiana Resource Center for Autism

 

 

Valentine's Day:

Visual supports for exchanging valentines from Indiana Resource Center for Autism

 

 

Passover:

A Special Needs Friendly Passover Guide, by Friendship Circle

 

 

4th of July:

Social Narrative on Fireworks (story to help your child cope with firework and party celebrations, from Indiana Resource Center for Autism)

 

 

Labor Day:
Social Narrative on Labor Day (story to help your child cope with the change in schedule due to school holiday, from Indiana Resource Center for Autism) 

 

 

Halloween:

Fear and Anxiety in Young Children (article)

Halloween Compassion from Holly Robinson Peete (great reminders for family, friends, and neighbors)

Halloween story, social narrative, and trick or treat visuals from Indiana Resource Center for Autism (IRCA)

Parent to Parent Halloween Tips

Sensory-Friendly Fall Activities and Halloween Celebrations - costumes, trick-or-treating, parties, from IRCA

The Teal Pumpkin Project - signifies homes that offer a non-food treat to trick-or-treaters with food allergies

Tips to Make Halloween Enjoyable for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (article)

Trick or Treat cards to print out from CARD or Positively Autism or National Autism Association

Visual Supports for Holidays and Celebrations from the Indiana Resource Center for Autism (IRCA)

 

 

Thanksgiving:

Before You Celebrate Thanksgiving with Your Autistic Loved One (article)

Holiday Assistance Resources - apply early!

Preparing for Thanksgiving on the Autism Spectrum  (article)

Thanksgiving story, food board visual, and social narrative from Indiana Resource Center for Autism

Visual Supports for Holidays and Celebrations from the Indiana Resource Center for Autism

 

 

6-week Holiday Planner (Thanksgiving through Christmas) for Sensory Processing Issues - Understood.org article by Amanda Morin

 

 

December Holidays:

12 Tips for Helping Those Living with Autism Have a Happy Holiday Season (article)

Christmas Wish List visual support from Indiana Resource Center for Autism

Holiday Assistance Resources - apply early!

Making the Most of the Holiday for Your Family and Your Son/Daughter on the Autism Spectrum (article by Cathy Pratt of IRCA)

Santa events: search ARNI for "Santa" for seasonal events by various organizations

Santa's Littlest Elf Has Autism (song by Amy Ames)

Stacking the Deck for Family Holidays (article)

Support Entrepreneurs with Autism and Other Disabilities by shopping on their web sites

Toys for Individuals with Autism and other Disabilities

Tuckerboys Noveltees - Philadelpha twins with autism, Mike and Eddie Tuckerman, have an Etsy site selling wrapping paper

"A Visit with Santa" (story to prepare children)

Visual Supports for Holidays and Celebrations from the Indiana Resource Center for Autism

 


Travel:

5 Tips for Special Needs Parents Planning a Trip to Disney World - angelsense.com

9 Tips for Taking Kids with Sensory Processing Issues to Theme Parks - Understood.org article by Amanda Morin

Autism Inclusion Resources (AIR) - services that help people with autism learn to be comfortable with air travel

Autism on the Seas - Vacations for adults and families living with autism

Enchanted Ears Travel - Indiana travel agency specializing in Disney trips for special needs families

Family Enrichment Weekend - a manual for a camp weekend for families who have a child with autism

Free National Park Passes  - for persons with a permanent disability

Jennifer & Phil Klingsmith - Indiana travel planners who specialize in families who have children with special needs and/or medical needs

National Center for the Safe Transportation of Children with Special Health Care Needs

Surfside Beach, SC, a beach town that has declared itself to be an autism-friendly destination and caters to such families

Top 10 Tips for Flying with Special Needs Children - SpecialGlobe article

Transportation Security Administration special needs help site (TSA Cares website)

Traveling with a Special Needs Child (article)

TravelinWheels (web site to find accessible destinations, service animals, travel assistants)

Trips Inc. Special Adventures - provides all-inclusive vacation packages for travelers ages 16 & older with intellectual and developmental disabilities

Wings for Autism - an airport "rehearsal" specifically designed for individuals with ASD to reduce anxiety related to traveling by air, airport security procedures, etc.

 

 

Moving:

All American Van Lines (888) 777-MOVE donates a portion of all profits to autism

Moving to Indiana? Welcome! Here's what you need to know pertaining to your loved one with autism, including comparisons with other states.

Moving with Autism - social story format and tips for preparing to move

 

 

 

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