A wheelchair signals a disability without anyone having to say a word. But 74 percent of Americans who live with a severe disability don't rely on that kind of aid—and their often-invisible disabilities are harder for people to recognize and respect. Autism spectrum disorders, sensory-processing issues, diabetes, and even severe asthma and debilitating allergies are a daily challenge—for kids, especially—and don't always elicit kind reactions from strangers in a new place.
How do you manage travel when your child's disability isn't as clear? Here are some lessons learned.