Taking a vacation together as a family can be challenging. We created Autism Travel to provide families and individuals with easy access to destinations and attractions that are trained and certified in autism and sensory sensitivities.

Each of these organizations holds the international recognition as a Certified Autism Center™. They have successfully completed extensive training from leading autism experts and autistic self-advocates specialized programs for autistic guests and those with other sensory sensitivities.
These travel professionals hold the designation of a Certified Autism Travel Professional (CATP) and have demonstrated that they are both knowledgeable and capable of providing support and travel-related services to an autistic individual as well as their families.
We understand that traveling with an autistic or sensory sensitive individual can be challenging. Our expert team of therapists, physicians and parents have selected and reviewed a selection of resources and tools designed to make traveling with your children as painless as possible.

Recent Blogs & New Certified Options

Visit Billings
Santa Barbara Zoo
Crystal Mountain Resort

Provided by IBCCES

IBCCES – the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards – is the global leader in training and certification programs that help organizations better serve guests and clients with cognitive disorders, including autism, sensory disorders, and other hidden disabilities. We work to create inclusion and acceptance for these individuals with research-based training and certification programs designed for a variety of industries.


Certified Autism Centers™ (CACs) have been covered on:

Dr. Temple Grandin
Prominent Author and Speaker on Autism

Individuals with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) need autism certified recreational activities.  Many times, we concentrate on housing and education, neglecting the need for ‘fun’.  We do the same activities – roller skating, movies and outdoor activities, never thinking outside the box.  Having other opportunities will increase individuals’ quality of life immensely. I will always encourage people providing experiences from organizations that are committed and understand people with an ASD.

Dr. Stephen Shore
Dr. Stephen Shore
University professor, world-class public speaker living on the spectrum

In an unprecedented manner, the IBCCES Certified Autism Center program continues to expand travel options for people on the autism spectrum and their families. The work of IBCCES brings us closer to where understanding and support of the autism community by travel providers and destination points will become the rule rather than the exception.

Kerry Magro
Advocate, public speaker living on the spectrum.

As someone who serves on the Panel of People on the Spectrum of Autism Advisors (PSA) for the Autism Society and as a board member of IBCCES, I’ve had the opportunity to see firsthand the tremendous work that both these groups continue to provide for our community. I’m thrilled with the endorsement from the Autism Society and I hope our families will be excited as they look at all the inclusive travel options IBCCES continues to provide. I can’t stress the impact that this will have in terms of forward progress, as when I was growing up on the autism spectrum I could only dream about having these options available for me and my family.

Dr. Christopher O'Shea
Parent of child on the spectrum

Traveling to a destination where the staff are trained to recognize and address the needs of children on the Autism Spectrum simply makes our trip less stressful and more enjoyable. We know that once we arrive on resort that the stress of the trip is over and we can relax without having to worry over what the next meal will be or how the staff will react to the kids. It give us the freedom to enjoy a vacation in the same way that ‘regular’ families can.

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Todd Hickey
Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort & Spa
General Manager

We are so proud to have become a Certified Autism Center after our associates went through specialized training provided by the wonderful staff of IBCCES. Families that live with autism can feel comfortable knowing our employees understand their needs. We have continuing education and videos available today to help us maintain this caring and inclusive culture throughout our resort.

Parent of child on the spectrum

As a mom of three boys, two with Autism and sensory processing issues, it’s such a great comfort to now have a wide range of Certified Autism Centers to choose from when selecting a destination for our next family vacation.

Larry Celzo
Parent of child on the spectrum gives families like mine a stronger sense of hope that more theme parks/resorts, restaurants, theaters, cruise ships, airlines, etc are trained and certified in the skills they need to accommodate families on the autism spectrum so that they can also live and experience the typical dream of making great family memories together.

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Travel Survey

Survey conducted and collected by IBCCES

Families with autistic members and individuals who are on the spectrum were asked:

Are you hesitant to travel or visit new locations because you and/or your child is autistic?

Would you be more inclined to travel if autism certified options were available?

Would you take more vacations or visit more new places if you had access to autism-trained and certified options?

Do you look to physicians or therapists for travel approval?

responded “Yes”

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