Business fills a niche for adventurers with developmental disabilities.Byline: Mark Baker The Register-Guard
Amelia Abel had been to "The Happiest Place on Earth" before, but she'd never been there without her parents. Not until this past summer.
Thanks to Eugene-based Trips Inc. Special Adventures, the 17-year-old Sheldon High School Sheldon High School may refer to:
The trip probably wouldn't have happened if Jim and Leslie Peterson Leslie Raymond Peterson (born ca. 1924) is a lawyer, politician, and university chancellor in West Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
He served as Attorney General of British Columbia 1968-1972 hadn't moved next door to the Abels on Eugene's College Hill about a year ago. Bruce Abel, Amelia's father, got to talking with Jim Peterson
James Scott "Jim" Peterson, PC, BA, LL.B LL.M DCL (born July 30, 1941) is a retired Canadian politician and former Minister of International Trade. , Trip Inc.'s owner, who told Abel about the business he began in 1991 that takes developmentally disabled adults from across the country on vacations worldwide.
Now, Bruce Abel is a believer. He's even thinking of volunteering as a chaperone chaperone /chap·er·one/ (shap´er-on) someone or something that accompanies and oversees another.
molecular chaperone for future Trips' vacations.
"I think it's an incredible organization," Bruce Abel says. "Trips steps up and fills that void."
The business is starting a new feature called "Young Adventurers" that will offer vacations exclusively to developmentally disabled people ages 16 to 22.
High school-age and young adults with developmentally disabilities "get left out of a lot of things," Jim Peterson says. "A lot of these kids, they've never done a trip without Mom and Dad."
Trips - which offers vacations for adults ranging from a $1,095, four-day trip to the Pendleton Round-up The Pendleton Round-Up is a rodeo held in Pendleton, Oregon, United States, during the second full week of September each year, since 1910. The rodeo brings roughly 50,000 people every year to the city of Pendleton. to a $3,595, 10-day excursion to Germany and Austria - will offer two four-day trips next summer exclusively for ages 16 to 22. There's a July trip to Disneyland and an August trip to San Diego San Diego (săn dēā`gō), city (1990 pop. 1,110,549), seat of San Diego co., S Calif., on San Diego Bay; inc. 1850. San Diego includes the unincorporated communities of La Jolla and Spring Valley. Coronado is across the bay. .
Disneyland is by far the most popular vacation package that Trips offers, says Leslie Peterson, Trips communications director who, like most of the business' seven full-time employees, often accompanies groups on vacations.
"It will probably be a challenge with this (new) program, with the parents, to let their babies go," Leslie Peterson says.
It's going to take a couple of parents to say it's OK, we've done this before, Jim Peterson says.
Don Hadley of Springfield admits that the first time his son, Derek, went on a Trips vacation, he was a bit worried.
It was the summer of 2004, and 19-year-old Derek, who has high-functioning autism, was going to Disneyland. "A lot of things can happen on a trip," Hadley says. Autistic autistic /au·tis·tic/ (aw-tis´tik) characterized by or pertaining to autism. people are used to a lot of structure in their lives, he says. But Hadley was comforted after visiting the Trips' office in an old home on West Seventh Avenue, the one with the five dogs running around and the walls plastered with photographs from the business's many excursions over the years.
"You could immediately tell by talking to them that they'd seen a lot of behaviors and they were fully equipped," he says. Derek, now 23 and a 2004 graduate of Springfield High School Springfield High School may refer to:
Trips has about 250 volunteer chaperones from around the country whose expenses are paid for when they supervise groups of anywhere from a few to 20 or more, Leslie Peterson says.
Rhonda Reed, Trips travel and accounting manager, who just returned from chaperoning a group of developmentally disabled adults in Scotland, says it's especially gratifying grat·i·fy
tr.v. grat·i·fied, grat·i·fy·ing, grat·i·fies
1. To please or satisfy: His achievement gratified his father. See Synonyms at please.
2. to see the younger ones get out and do something on their own for the first time.
"They're young, they're excited and they're learning to become independent adults," she says. "And this is just one more way to bring them full circle as independent adults."