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April 2, 2019

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Senzorna To Offer Tours later in 2019

Travel is SWELL is working on a very special product called Senzorna. Senzorna, the Bosnian word which means Sensory, will be designed to offer specially designed travel experiences for adults and families impacted by Autism. Senzorna will feature uniquely designed autism-friendly tours and cruises to over 30 destinations across the globe with strong foundations in travel within the United States, the Caribbean, Mexico and Latin America, Africa Asia and Europe.
What’s unique about Senzorna is that we’re developing a program that will help prepare families to travel with the ultimate goal of being able to travel together with confidence knowing that all of their specific needs are met.
Another unique aspect of Senzorna is that it will create specially designed group travel programs in which each group is lead by a certified Autism Specialist and/or a Behavior Specialist. We will offer cruises courtesy of Autism on the Seas (which also offers cruises guided by certified specialists) and tours to Europe, Latin America Africa, and Asia.
Travel is SWELL is seeking Certified Behavior Specialists and Certified Counselors who will be interested in traveling complimentary as an Autism Group Tour Guide. The only thing that is a required is verification of your credentials and a background check. Our tours will commence Later in fiscal year 2019 or the beginning of first quarter of fiscal year 2020. For those of you who are interested or know of anyone who might be interested, please contact us (by email only) at info at For more information about Senzorna, please visit Please note that the site is currently under construction and will be available in May of 2019.
Senzorna, with the help of Travel is SWELL, will feature a diverse and experienced staff, consisting of Certified Autism Specialists (CAS), Certified Autism Travel Professional (CATP) and volunteers who are passionate about crafting tailor-made vacations that exposes our special families to new cultures and lifestyles while providing secure and safe facilities for their entire family; approved venues recommended by their therapist or physician, enhanced transportation to include the best flights possible, and well-trained staff to assist with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) needs. Most important, we work closely with Certified Autism Centers such as hotel groups, museums, attractions and twelve {12} Destination Management Companies (DMC) that are willing to help us make these unique trips possible.
As advocates, our goal is to build awareness of the needs of Families impacted by Autism by spreading the word and working hand-in-hand with destinations, hotel companies and destination management companies around the world so that they can create safe sensory-friendly certified travel options for parents and individuals on the spectrum. We will also provide individuals and families with a community where they can share ideas, meet like-minded individuals or families. Again, please help us by sharing this post and by spreading our message. Feel free to contact us at if you would like to help in this cause or to obtain more information. Thank you.
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American Airlines Hosts Mock Flight for Children with Autism


American Airlines brought the “It’s Cool to Fly” program to San Diego this weekend ahead of Tuesday’s World Autism Awareness Day.

The carrier invited children with autism and their parents to participate in a mock flight at San Diego International Airport on Saturday.

The free event saw as many as 50 people pass through security, head to the gate, board a plane and taxi around the runway as if they were about to take off on an actual flight.

Daniel Castillo, whose two sonsโ€”six-year-old Elias and seven-year-old Nicholasโ€”both have high-functioning autism, took part in the trial run, which typically lasts several hours.

“They have a lot of energy and there can be a lot of noise sensory issues. Things like that, you know, make it a little bit different for them,” Castillo told NBC San Diego. “I think theyโ€™re going to be fine.”

“You watch, from start to finish, the parents coming into the airport. When they are sitting and waiting for the plane, you see this face of concern; the what-if factor is all over the parentsโ€™ faces,” said Bruce Sickler, an American Airlines employee who inspired the program after suffering an injury in 1993 that limited his mobility.

“They worry how their child is going to react because theyโ€™ve seen their reaction before. But then you get on the plane and see that little bit of worry release. Then you get off the plane, and they are excited; they know how much their child can do and that this program has helped make a difference.”

Other airlines including Delta Air Lines have launched similar experiences for children with disabilities and some airports around the world have even made efforts to improve the passenger experience for travelers with autism.

Courtesy of Patrick Clarke