As you know, or maybe you don't, my boys and I were invited to stay at the DoubleTree by Hilton Orlando at SeaWorld recently. They are one of the very first hotels in the country to become Autism Certified.
Our mission was to honestly evaluate their Autism friendly accommodations and experience what it's like to visit a truly inclusive hotel.
In this episode, I sit down with David, Laura and Ana to talk about what it means to be Autism Certified. We have a conversation about what families can expect when they visit and what makes DoubleTree different than most other hotels in the country.
My kids and I almost never travel. In fact, this is only our second vacation in almost 20 years, the first being Gavin's wish trip a few years ago. This was a massive undertaking on my part and I want to thank everyone who helped make this trip possible. ☺
We're home now and I want to share our experience with you, while it's fresh in my mind.
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