Days out with the kids

For those of us who have children with disabilities, it can be a daunting task thinking about getting out of the house on days out. One child may require medication throughout the day, another may require more rest than others.


In this tip list, I’m going to try to cover off everything you need to keep yourself and your child as stress free as possible.


When planning a day out with a disabled child, there are some important things to consider to ensure that the experience is safe, enjoyable, and inclusive for everyone involved. Here are some tips to help you plan a successful day out:


  • Choose an accessible venue: Before selecting a destination, research the accessibility features available such as wheelchair ramps, elevators, accessible restrooms, and seating areas. Check if the venue has a dedicated accessible parking area too.
  • Plan for any special needs: Consider the specific needs of your child and plan accordingly. For example, if your child has a mobility impairment, you may need to bring a wheelchair, mobility aids, or a special cushion. If your child has a hearing or visual impairment, consider the need for assistive devices, such as hearing aids or braille guides. Check if the venue has any special accommodations available.
  • Pack necessary supplies: Be sure to bring any necessary supplies, such as medications, first-aid kits, snacks, and water. Also, bring any special equipment or devices that your child may need, such as a communication device or sensory toys.
  • Create a schedule: Plan your day out in advance and create a schedule to help your child understand what to expect. Consider including breaks, rest periods, and sensory activities throughout the day.
  • Involve your child in planning: Involve your child in the planning process as much as possible. Ask them where they would like to go or what activities they would like to do. This will help them feel included and valued.
  • Consider accessibility of transportation: If you are using public transportation, check the availability of accessible transportation such as buses, trains or taxis. If driving, check the availability of accessible parking.
  • Be patient and flexible: Keep in mind that unexpected situations may arise during your day out. Be patient and flexible, and have backup plans in case of any challenges that may arise.


By following these tips, you can ensure that your day out with a disabled child is enjoyable, inclusive, and safe for everyone involved.


Thank you for reading my tips, and I hope this helps a lot of you out there too!