Learning Disability Holidays
Fun, adventure and freedom are what holidays are all about and you will be pleased to learn, with the fantastic amount of supported holidays available, people with learning disabilities can experience exciting activities, meet new friends and most importantly, be themselves!
About Supported Learning Disability Holidays
From short activity breaks to sightseeing in Vegas, there is something to suit all tastes and abilities and arranging holidays through one of our featured supported holiday providers can be an ideal solution. They recognise each individual’s circumstance will be different and offer carefully considered programs with the appropriate level of support. These holidays provide a safe environment promoting self-confidence, independence and offer new skills.
Support services can vary, some companies offer 24 hour support with on-site nursing personnel and one-to-one assistance, whilst others are geared more towards mild learning disability, allocating one care assistant per 3-5 adults for guidance if required. It’s common for newcomers to receive a home visit prior to their first holiday. This allows staff to manage holiday desires and prepare a support plan for the trip.
Most supported learning disability holidays are all-inclusive, consisting of flights, accommodation, meals, excursions and transfers (some companies will even pick up and drop off at the home address). Carers help sort out medication, passports, luggage and holiday money.
The cost of supported holidays can vary depending on the level of care required. Weekly UK trips start approximately from £400 per person.
Learning Disability Holiday Grants
Families on a low income and who have a child with learning disabilities may be eligible for a grant towards the cost of a holiday. Some charities help with holiday expenses and operate holiday schemes. Some may even own a holiday property. A few specialist agents operate on a non-profit basis, keeping the costs of learning disability holidays to a minimum and affordable to the client. Contact your local Social Services Department, who should be able to investigate available funding and inform you of available charity schemes.
If the holiday is reliant upon a carer, it is advisable to purchase a policy that includes ‘Carer Cover’. Therefore, if the carer cannot travel and the person with the learning disability is forced to cancel, the cost of the holiday can be recovered. Many agents offer their own travel insurance scheme and we may also be able to offer a competitive quote here online, simply click the Travel Insurance tab at the top of the page. Having a learning disability should not stop anyone getting full cover and it should not cost anymore than the next person, unless there are pre-existing medical conditions to declare.
Tips & Suggestions
Search Disability Holidays Guide and use our 'Advance Search
' facility by selecting Services/ Disability Holidays and then Refine to 'Learning Disability' or click either of the image banners top or bottom to view 20 plus specialist tour operators offering a variety of learning disability holidays from UK activity and adventure breaks, skiing, beach holidays, sight seeing, city breaks and all-inclusive holidays in (but not limited to) France, Spain, Lanzarote and the USA.
If you are specifically looking for short breaks for children during the school summer holidays, Dimensions, a national provider of a wide range of services for people with autism and learning disabilities operate a scheme called Buddies. This service provides the opportunity for youngster to try out new experiences, learn new skills and make friends. All activities are carefully planned to meet the needs of each child.
We also support and highly recommend the online resource, Netbuddy.org.uk, offering solutions to everyday issues encountered by parents, carers, teachers and therapists working with learning disability.