Hotel Reviews

Fun Family Stay at the Hard Rock Hotel Orlando

Fun Family Stay at the Hard Rock Hotel Orlando

  The 650-guest room Hard Rock Hotel, part of the Loews chain, is located at 5800 Universal Boulevard and provides visitors with the perfect blend of fun and luxury. The hotel is a short walk or boat ride from the entrance to Universal Studios, Islands of Adventure and the City Walk making it an ideal… Read More

Family Stay at the Marriott San Diego Gaslamp District

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      This four star Marriott  hotel is located at 660 K Street in San Diego, California and is literally directly behind the  Petco Stadium  ,in San Diego’s revamped Gaslamp district. What Makes it Family Worthy? This centrally located building with 306 rooms is less than 10 minute drive away from  Legoland, Sea World, and… Read More

The Family-Friendly W Hollywood Hotel

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If you are looking for the glitz and glam of the red carpet, the W Hotel in Hollywood delivers! An impressive boutique high rise on one of the world’s most famed boulevards, facing the Pantages Theater, the W Hotel in Hollywood  is the perfect location for touring downtown LA by metro and the neighboring Beverly… Read More

Featured Destinations

Themeparks with Autism – Top Seven “Must Pack” Items

Theme parks with Autism – Top Seven “Must Pack” Items

One of the more pressing and recurring questions that many parents to special needs children ask is, “What should I pack when planning a Walt Disney World or Disneyland vacation?” So whether you are a first time visitor or have visited before and could use a refresher list, this is for you. Hand sanitizer wipes… Read More

Fun Family Stay at the Hard Rock Hotel Orlando

Fun Family Stay at the Hard Rock Hotel Orlando

  The 650-guest room Hard Rock Hotel, part of the Loews chain, is located at 5800 Universal Boulevard and provides visitors with the perfect blend of fun and luxury. The hotel is a short walk or boat ride from the entrance to Universal Studios, Islands of Adventure and the City Walk making it an ideal… Read More

Love Hot Dogs? You Must Try Pink’s

Love Hot Dogs? You Must Try Pink's

Started back in 1939 as a pushcart vendor near the corner of La Brea and Melrose, Pink’s Hot Dogs is an LA institution that has been featured in many movies including the Muppets. In fact, back in the eighties, long before I ever set foot in LA, I remember hearing about how Madonna met her then… Read More

Visiting Hollywood with Kids

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Hollywood is an exciting place to explore at all ages especially for kids and teens.Even though we live in Los Angeles and have visited countless times it still is my son’s favorite place to go and walk around when he has a free day.For those among you who have visited yet – here is a list… Read More

Restaurant Reviews

Thanksgiving Buffet at Embassy Suites’ Oxnard Coastal Grill

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    The Embassy Suites  restaurant has held a special spot in our hearts for almost two decades now. It is there we have celebrated birthdays, anniversaries, met with out of town friends; and for our children growing up it was the place to take them to play in the sand on a clean beach after… Read More

Love Hot Dogs? You Must Try Pink’s

Love Hot Dogs? You Must Try Pink's

Started back in 1939 as a pushcart vendor near the corner of La Brea and Melrose, Pink’s Hot Dogs is an LA institution that has been featured in many movies including the Muppets. In fact, back in the eighties, long before I ever set foot in LA, I remember hearing about how Madonna met her then… Read More

Taking your kids with Autism to the Cracker Barrel Restaurant

Taking your kids with Autism to the Cracker Barrel Restaurant

As a family living in California, we officially refer to ourselves as ‘Cracker Barrel’ deprived -since the chain doesn’t have any restaurants in our home state. To fuel our obsession with the family-friendly chain, we make a point of visiting every Cracker Barrel restaurant we pass, even if it means in some cases driving out… Read More

Recent Interviews

Q&A with Meghan Mulvenna of Special Travelers.com

Q&A with Meghan  Mulvenna of Special Travelers.com

When and how did you think of creating your organization and who would benefit from its service? I had begun traveling with families early on in my career, as a respite provider. I was attracted to supporting such ‘real-world’ experiences for children and families, outside of the educational settings. Then in 2007, I accompanied a… Read More

Q&A with Tawanna Browne Smith, editor of MomsGuide to Travel.com

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  Tawanna Browne Smith is the editor of MomsGuideToTravel.com, a site that provides parents with strategies to help reduce the stress of family travel while also promoting destinations for them to explore . Originally from Brooklyn, NY she now resides in Maryland with her husband and two boys, and is a contributor to USA TODAY and  the TravelChannel.com.We were… Read More

Q&A with Samantha Burns, Founder of Unboundedtravel

Q &A with Samantha Burns Founder of Unboundedtravel

   Sam Burns is a senior at Lely High School in Naples, Florida. Last summer, she attended MIT’s Launch program entrepreneurship  program and designed a travel program tailored to the needs of families affected with autism. Her wish is to revolutionize the way families affected with autism see the world, and the way the world sees them. She… Read More

Q&A with Tony Gross of ‘TalkRocketGo’ mobile app

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TalkRocket Go, the product of Canadian based company MyVoice, is an innovative mobile app for iPads and iPhones that utilizes voice synthesis technology to allow verbal communication for people with autism and brain injuries. Some of the app’s unique features include: “locabularies”–location (GPS) based phrases—and an interactive “support studio” that enables family members or teachers to pre-program and add… Read More

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