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Support Staff on Tours

Special needs travelers and their staff at Disney

Every vacation is supervised by our owner, Kim Doll.   Our tours are attended by Kim and/or our Special Needs Tour Lead Karen.  Our owner Kim is a registered nurse, specializing in Critical Care. All other staff members/chaperones are carefully screened and selected volunteers. Many of our staff are social workers, teachers, group home staffers, medical professionals, and other qualified and experienced people.

Typical staff to Traveler ratio is 1:3 or 1:4. If a Traveler requires more assistance and/or supervision we MUST be informed of this need ahead of time.  Please be aware that care/supervision on vacations is typically more intensive or demanding than in the home setting.    We will do our best to accommodate a Traveler’s needs in excess of our normal staff supervision.  If a Traveler requires 1:2 or 1:1 supervision, an extra fee will be required.  In some instances we will require that Travelers attend tours with their own support staff.  As stated previously, this is the policy with Travelers who use a wheelchair to ambulate and/or require physical assistance to transfer.

Personal Escorts/Own Support Staff

At times Travelers and/or caregivers do not feel comfortable attending a vacation without a familiar face along.  This situation has been common for first time guests, Travelers who may need more assistance than our typical 1:3/4 ratios and for Travelers who use wheelchairs.  We welcome, encourage, and will at times require that personal caregivers join us.  The cost for such an arrangement (for BOTH participants) is typically 150% or 1 ½ times the cost of the indicated rate.  For example, the Lake Michigan Circle trip (May 29-June 4, 2024) would cost $3,142.50 ($2,095 X 1.5). This would include a standard hotel room with two beds.  Please call for guaranteed prices.

WORKING VACATION OPPORTUNITYGroup home staff, caregivers, case managers, etc.; if you sign three or more clients up for a trip you can attend as their support staff at no additional fee.  Contact Able Trek Tours for more information and trip availability.