Mom With Kids After Run
  • On Sep 6, 2013
    Sara Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    I want to bring my daughter to Disney World for the first time. She will be 4 and has a diagnosis of Autism. Are there any special accommodations or services provided for children with Autism?

    Hi, Sara!  I know many families with autistic children who have been able to enjoy a Walt Disney World vacation.  In most cases, it's just a matter of knowing what your child's limitations are, accommodating whatever needs she may have, and making a schedule based on one she is both familiar with and comfortable with.

    The Walt Disney World theme parks offer a Guest Assistance Card that might be able to help you achieve the magic you are hoping to find on your vacation.  This card, which can be obtained at guest services at any of the theme parks, will let cast members at various attractions know what they might be able to do to help you keep your visit happy for the whole family.  They may be able to offer you a quiet place to wait for a show or an attraction, or in some cases, they can allow you access to the FastPass queue, which usually moves more quickly than the general queue.  They may be able to direct you to seating that allows for a quicker exit, so you aren't in a crowd headed out, or they may be able to recommend a better seating area for a child with sensory issues that make loud noises uncomfortable.  

    I hope that you are able to go and enjoy an absolutely wonderful, pixie dusted experience!  If there's anything we can do to help you plan, just let us know!
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Meet the Panelist: Anna, New Jersey

My name is Anna and I am a wife, mother to three daughters and a son-in-law, and earning my Grandmom ears. I'm a law student and former teacher. I have planned vacations for all sorts celebrations, but really enjoy DVC vacations, helping military families, and assisting those with special dietary needs.    Learn More About Anna

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