Annette Hines, host of Parenting Impossible – The Special Needs Survival Podcast tackles the world of travel for families with kids with Autism as well as other special needs. Dawn Barclay, book author and writer of travel, shares with us her new book, Traveling Different -Vacation Strategies for Parents of the Anxious, the Inflexible, and the Neurodiverse. Dawn makes traveling more possible with this encouraging book and the wonderful tips she gives in this episode. Be a more confident parent by following her thoughtfully researched strategies and resources. Predictability is key in setting up a stress-free trip for you and your children. Dawn Barclay suggests introducing the concept of travel by starting small and local, along with an overnight at a friend or relative’s house. Think through each activity’s pacing and preparedness. Use programs like Wings for Autism, TSA Cares and Certified Autism Travel Professionals to help you plan a predictable trip. Dawn talks about so much more including the 16 questions you should ask cruises and tours about how autism friendly they are. Join us to learn how to plan your family’s upcoming summer vacation! Click on the book title to pre-order her book, Traveling Different – Vacation Strategies for Parents of the Anxious, the Inflexible, and the Neurodiverse. 

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Dawn Barclay is an award-winning author with 30 years of working in the travel industry. She worked for her parent’s firm, Barclay Travel Ltd and then began travel trade reporting with senior or contributing editor positions at Travel Agent Magazine, Travel Life, Travel Market Report and recently Travel Report. She also writes fiction as D.M. Barr. She is available for speaking engagements and loves to hear from her readers at To pre-order her book Traveling Different – Vacation Strategies for Parents of the Anxious, the Inflexible, and the Neurodiverse, click on the title of the book. 

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Annette Hines has been practicing in the areas of Special Needs, Elder Law, and Estate Planning for more than 20 years. Ms. Hines brings personal experience with special needs to her practice and podcasts as the mother of two daughters, one of whom passed away from Mitochondrial disease in November 2013. This deep, personal understanding of special needs fuels her passion for quality special needs planning and drives her dedication to help others within the special needs community.