www.harddaysout.com made easy is an online community that seeks to encourage and support families with children with additional needs. By giving appropriate information and all the tricks & tips to help them access the same learning experiences and enjoyment.
The website lists; museums, attractions, days out, shops, restaurants, classes, leisure/sports and events. The team thoroughly research the venues and write reviews on how days out for families with children additional needs could be more manageable and enjoyable. We aim to work with these venues so that all families can enjoy the experience and so the hard day out is made easy.
After seven years of raising her son with autism, Vicki noticed that not every venue understands how they can help families like hers. Initially, Vicki used to shy away from certain experiences and locations, as she knew it would lead to a very challenging day out for her son, herself and the rest of her family. She then realised that by excluding her son from these experiences meant she was limiting his opportunities and if she could prepare him, and the family prior to the visit things might be a lot easier. So, she began researching places to go that might be suitable which was time consuming. It was difficult to find the information on whether they had fast passes, carer passes, enclosed areas and soon realised a lot of venues were not always catering for the needs of both hidden and visible additional needs/disabilities in a transparent style. If she was struggling there must be hundreds of other families in the same position who needed help making these hard days out more easy.
Vicki also currently teaches secondary school history and drama and has fought hard to secure the right education for her son given the challenges his autism brings. She has a wealth of knowledge of the battles families face and understands that family time definitely needs to be made easy.
She has also collaborated with Free Rangers Nursery by pulling on their experience with children with additional needs and disabilities, and has grasped a real understanding of what families and children need to access to enjoy a brilliant day out.