• Understanding Autism from the Inside

    “Academics came easily to me. The rest of life—not so much.”

Place Blindness: Disney Day One; They Hid the Conceirge from Me; Why would they DO that?

I am still technically on vacation. Today we will begin our trek back up to the North Country from Orlando, Florida. I’ve been away from home since for nearly 4 weeks. That’s a long time, but I never do feel ready to head home from my travels. I suppose I …

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Could Universal Studio’s Volcano Bay, be the only truly accessible Water Park for Autistic Children? We will see…

We love Harry Potter, and so visits to Universal Studios are always a fantastic time–especially combined with the fact that they have an excellent accommodations system.  In previous visits to Orlando, we have evaluated accommodations for attractions at Disney’s Magic Kingdom, Universal Studios, and Islands of Adventure (which includes Harry …

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Disney’s Response to a Frantic Mom’s Email, and Our Plan

After I sent my frantic email and panic over how I would navigate Disney’s DAS pass in order for my children to be able to access Disney’s attractions, I patiently (or maybe not so patiently) awaited a response.  Honestly, I was expecting a generic policy directed response, in the form …

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A Frantic Email to Walt Disney World Disability Services

As Promised I am sharing my frantic email to WDW Disability Services after reading through their Disability Assistance Services available to those on the autism spectrum. I understand that our situation (as is each and every family everywhere) is unique, but many of our concerns as families on the spectrum …

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Terrified to Visit Disney with the Boys: Fear about the DAS Pass

The last time our family visited Walt Disney World was in May of 2012, before the little guy was born. We traveled with three boys on the spectrum, Adam then 13, Matt, 8, and Thomas 1 year and 3 months. During that trip, we went to the Magic Kingdom and …

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Six Flags Great Escape: A-Rating for Accommodations

A few weeks ago our family drove down to Six Flags Great Escape in Lake George, about a two-hour drive, for our first visit of the season AND our first visit with our youngest non-verbal son. It has been more than two years since we last visited Six Flags. Family …

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Autism Accommodations and Tips for Enjoying Your Disney World Vacation

Doesn’t every child dream of meeting Mickey Mouse, or Cinderella and the rest of the Disney Princesses? When you are traveling with a child with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), these dreams may seem out of reach. ASD children tend to have difficulty waiting in lines, and become overwhelmed easily …

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Carowinds in Review: Accommodations, and more: A Big Fat “F: Part III

To continue my rant on the awful Autism Accommodations offered at Carowinds Amusement Park in the Carolinas… In Part II, I discussed the staff being ignorant of the supposed policies and procedures surrounding the use of Alternate Access Entrances, and Boarding Pass Accommodations meant to assist families visiting the park …

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Autism Accommodations—Carowinds Amusement Park; Receives a Big Fat “F”: Part II: What Happened?

Keep in mind that I am now a pregnant, hot, tired, autistic woman dragging my three boys to the park after a three hour trip from home to our hotel. During said trip, we had a hot engine light come on and pulled off the interstate in order to check …

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Autism Accommodations—Carowinds Amusement Park; Receives a Big Fat “F”: Part I

  I usually like to pass on information about good experiences, and great accommodations, but in Carowind’s case I simply cannot. I did my research before we went on vacation, ensuring that the park did indeed have accommodations. You can find them on Carowind’s website. This is the thing I …

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    Twirling Naked in the Streets and No One Noticed by Jeannie Davide-Rivera

    Twirling Naked in the Streets and No One Noticed

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