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Staff On Tours

Special needs travelers and their staff at Disney

All vacations are supervised by our owner, Don Douglas, and/or at least one Tour Leader employed by Able Trek Tours. Before establishing Able Trek Tours in 1992, Don was the Executive Director of Wisconsin Badger Camp, an organization that offers recreational camping/outdoor experiences to people with developmental disabilities. All other staff members are carefully screened and selected volunteers and/or qualified paid staff. Many of our staff are social workers, teachers, group home staffers, 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. However, if a Traveler requires 1:2 or 1:1 supervision an extra fee will be required. In some instances we will require that Travelers bring their own staff. As stated previously, this is be the policy with most Travelers using wheelchairs.

Personal Caregivers

At times Travelers and caregivers simply do not feel comfortable attending a vacation without a familiar face along. This situation has been common for Travelers who may need more assistance than our normal 1:3/4 ratios and many Travelers using 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 DOUBLE rate. For example, the April 3 - 6 Showtime Chicago trip would cost $1,012.50 ($675 X 1.5).

Please call for guaranteed prices.

FREE WORKING VACATION OPPORTUNITY – Group home staff, caregivers, case managers, etc. if you sign three or more people up for a trip you can go for free as a chaperone. Contact Able Trek Tours for more information.