An essential read, not only for parents of autistic or otherwise neurodivergent children, but for all families.
-- Julia M. Reffner in a Starred Review in Library Journal (August, 2022)
Dawn Barclay's Traveling Different is an invaluable guide for parents and families of children with special needs and provides a concise blueprint for enjoyable, stress-free travel. A terrific resource that any family can benefit from.
— Debra Ginsberg, author of “Raising Blaze: A Mother and Son's Long, Strange Journey into Autism”
Traveling Different is now mandatory when packing the diaper bags and backpacks of kids with special needs. Industry veteran Dawn Barclay has done the research for you and she thoroughly details the ins, outs, and best practices of successfully navigating air travel, rail travel, cruising, hotels, and especially restaurants, museums, and venues. Trust her--this book covers it all.
— William J. McGee, airline passenger advocate and author of Attention All Passengers and Half the Child
Whether you’re planning a day trip or an extended vacation, Dawn M. Barclay’s Traveling Different: Vacation Strategies for Parents of the Anxious, the Inflexible, and the Neurodiverse will bring your family together. Filled with valuable travel tips and tools, this comprehensive guide will ease your travel worries with its thoughtful guidance surrounding numerous modes of transportation, special accommodation options, as well as suggested modifications, itineraries, and resources. So now go pack your bags – it’s time to make life-long memories together!
— Amy KD Tobik, Editor-in-Chief, Exceptional Needs Today CEO, Lone Heron Publishing
In Traveling Different, Dawn Barclay provides essential strategies and tools to improve quality of life for families with autistic and neurodivergent loved ones that will enhance their ability to travel with confidence and joy. Drawing from her years of expertise in travel and as a parent, she opens up a world of opportunities for families who are understandably hesitant to explore all that travel offers. A truly unique book that will make a huge difference in personal growth for all family members.
— Barry M. Prizant, Author of Uniquely Human: A Different Way of Seeing Autism, Brown University
Dawn Barclay has filled a void with her book Traveling Different: Vacation Strategies for Parents of the Anxious, the inflexible, and the Neurodiverse. Autism Spectrum disorder (ASD), affects 1 in 5 children as per a recent survey. With 87% of parents with a child on the spectrum saying that they do not take a vacation as a family and 93% will travel if there were more autism-friendly places to go, it was high time someone wrote a book like this. Born out of a series of interviews of those in the know combined with Dawn’s cutting-edge research on how to make travel as seamless as possible, this book holds each and every parent´s hand through pre planning to executing the trip till you get back home after a memorable journey...memorable, mind you, not for the disasters but for all the fun and amazing memories. Having dealt with all aspects of travel in minute detail, she summarizes each chapter into Action Steps. This is a must-read for all parents irrespective of whether your child has a disability or not.
— Jani Nayar, Executive Director of SATH (Society for Accessible Travel & Hospitality)
It’s through...enormously generous, empathetic prose that Barclay is able to carefully shoehorn in facts, statistics, and left-brain methodology in a manner that feels narratively seamless. She also provides in-depth, personalized examples and scenarios, furthering the reader’s sense of both empowerment and empathy — especially if he or she is themselves a parent potentially within this complex predicament. This is reflected in passages highlighting things one wouldn’t normally expect to find in a book of this nature, yet simultaneously affirming Barclay genuinely knowing her stuff, and wanting the reader to come away from the book as informationally empowered as possible.
— Colin Jordan, Reviewer, Medium.com