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  • On Nov 7, 2013
    Brittney from LA Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

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    I have a special needs daughter who is currently 1 year old. i plan to take her when she's 2. My problem is her disability delays her milestones. Currently she is not sitting unassisted and I'm not sure if she will be when she's 2. Is it worth bringing her

    Hi Brittney ~

    I have a son with Cerebral Palsy with both physical and cognitive disabilities. He was and still is very delayed in meeting his developmental milestones. I've been taking him to Disney since he was born over 11 years ago. He may not be able to talk to me and tell me everything he's thinking or feeling but here's what I know for sure . . . he loves going to Disney World and I love taking him.

    Disney World has a way of bringing out so many wonderful things in a child with special needs. There are so many colors and music. Many children love the characters and the movement of the rides. One of my friends has a son with autism who said his first word at Disney. I will never forget when my son took his first unassisted steps at the Magic Kingdom. If your daughter is still not sitting unassisted when you go, you can put your arms around her - you can find a way to make it work. Having my boys in my arms is the greatest way to enjoy Disney.

    You will have to take your daughter's special needs into consideration. Does she become over stimulated? What causes anxiety for her at home? What special accommodations do you make for her at home? Is she on a special diet? The more you plan ahead, the less stressful it will be once you reach Disney but it can be done.

    Disney offers many services for Guests with Disabilities. Here is some additional information for Guests with disabilities that you may find helpful.

    I'm limited in space for answers but I encourage you to look at your daughter's abilities and all of the ways she can enjoy Disney World. I'll be happy to answer any questions for you during your planning.

    Wishing you minnie magical memories :-) Allison V.
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Meet the Panelist: Allison, Georgia

I'm a Disney-fanatic! I made my first trip to Disney World the year it opened and have grown up crazy for all things Disney. As the Mom of a son with Cerebral Palsy, I love providing recommendations for families traveling with a special needs member. Learn More About Allison

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