There are many organisations and companies that offer holidays for families of children with disabilities, including autism. Here is a list of autistic-friendly holiday resources and providers:
The Carer’s Trust and Carer’s Support Centre have a dedicated website with information about accommodation from the UK and abroad with a wide range of accessibility features.
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You can apply to Happy Days for a short family respite break if you have a child with special needs.
Click here to visit the Happy Days website
Cerebra’s ‘Valecchia’ in Wales
Cerebra has a holiday home in Pembrokeshire that they let out on a draw basis. You apply and your name is put into a drawing for a free week at Valecchia.
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The Thomas Centre, Lincolnshire
“Mental and physical disability can be very claustrophobic for families and for the carers of those who need support. Our hope is that holiday makers at the Thomas Centre will find the sense of space, the peace and tranquillity, the safety and the privacy of our parkland to be a welcome release from the claustrophobic nature of every day life. We also hope that this experience will contribute to a real quality holiday experience for all your family or group.”
Telephone: 01507 363463
Cwmiar Farm Holiday Cottages
“A warm welcome to the ultimate child-friendly, family holiday on a working farm, where parents can relax while children can have the freedom to play safely and interact with our farm animals as much or as little as they like. We are fully wheelchair accessible and welcome children with special needs. Everyone – children of all ages, parents and grandparents can help feed and take care of all the animals, getting involved as much or as little as they want to, with daily life on the farm.”
Telephone: 01559 395 375
Ty Glyn Davis Trust
A unique venue, providing self-catering holiday accommodation which is fully accessible for groups, organisations and families whose members have special needs.
There are also a range of respite care holidays, where your child goes away without you in order to gain new experiences and independence. This also gives you and other members of your family a break.
Action for Children
Action for Children run a variety of holidays for children with additional needs. Many of our families have sent their children on AfC holidays and have been very happy.
Website: Action for Children Short Break Holidays
Action for Children leaflet
Action for Children holiday information
Family Holiday Asssociation
They offer short breaks at seaside holiday parks like Haven or Butlin’s or staying in a self-catering caravan. FHA cover the cost of accommodation, entertainment passes and linen and can normally make a contribution towards expenses for travel, food etc. They take place between Easter and the end of October. FHA also help with the cost of group holidays and days out.
HCPT is a charity offering pilgrimage holidays, to Lourdes in the south of France, for disabled and disadvantaged people from around the UK and further afield. Every Easter over 1,000 disabled and disadvantaged children enjoy a week in Lourdes, staying in hotels with their volunteer helpers.
Telephone: 01788 564646
Autism on The Seas
This organisation offers autism-friendly cruises setting off from several US ports. Financial assistance and flexible payments may be possible.