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Sailing to Greece with Autism on the Disney Cruise Line – 043

Sailing to Greece with Autism on the Disney Cruise Line – 043

Guest Jackie Psarianos reports on her family’s recent Mediterranean sailing on the Disney Cruise Line, including multiple shore excursions in Greece!

Jackie’s family had previously sailed eight times on the Disney Cruise Line, enjoying all four ships in the fleet.  Her teenage son Andrew, pictured below, has classic autism. According to Jackie, “Andrew knows all the ships and can take you from bow to aft in a flash, with great ease and certainty, while stopping for some soft serve ice-cream along the way.”  That level of familiarity allows Andrew to move about the ships with a greater sense of independence as he becomes older and provides Jackie with a much-needed sense of security.

Of particular interest is the family’s overwhelmingly positive experience with the shore excursions booked through Disney. We discuss their visits to the Athens Acropolis, Rhodes, and Mykonos, as well as their tours of the ancient sites of Ephesus and the stadium at Olympia.

Having informed Disney ahead of time of Andrew’s sensory and behavioral challenges associated with autism, Jackie was delighted when many of the guides made her son feel valued and important by giving him the opportunity to lead the tour group by holding the Mickey Ears sign.

 

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We also discuss Jackie’s plans to apply for the 2015 Disney Parks Moms Panel, hopefully as a Disney Cruise Line specialist! The Disney Parks Moms Panel has answered countless questions from travelers planning Disney Parks and Cruise vacations since 2008.

You can read more about Jackie’s adventures on the Disney Cruise Line on her blog, The Autistic World of Disney. Connect with her on Facebook @Jackie Psarianos and on Twitter @JackiePsarianos.

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Thanks for listening!

~ Kathy

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Disneyland Paris and Wheelchair Accessibility -042

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Guest Chrissy Roulet describes her experiences using a wheelchair at Disneyland Paris. She and Kathy compare and contrast Disneyland Paris’ system of accommodation with that of Walt Disney World, namely, that guests are required to provide written “proof” of disability at DL Paris — which in the American theme parks is prohibited by the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act).

Here is a video link that offer more information about Disability Services at Disneyland Paris: Accessibility at Disneyland Paris

Here is information for guests with disabilities from the official Disney website: Visitors with Disabilities or Special Needs 

We also discuss how Chrissy is coping with and adapting to the diagnosis of hypermobility syndrome, a painful and less commonly known invisible disability, and how it has changed her method of touring and experiencing the Disney theme parks.

Hypermobility syndrome facts from MedicineNet.com:

  • The joint hypermobility syndrome is a condition that features joints that easily move beyond the normal range expected for a particular joint.
  • Hypermobile joints tend to be inherited.
  • Symptoms of the joint hypermobility syndrome include pain in the knees, fingers, hips, and elbows.
  • Often joint hypermobility causes no symptoms and requires no treatment. Treatments are customized for each individual based on their particular manifestations.

Visit Chrissy’s blog, Disabled in Disney, on Tumblr. Connect with her on Twitter @DisabledDisney.

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~ Kathy

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The Easy Guide to Your First Walt Disney World Visit with Dave Shute – 041

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Dave Shute, creator of Your First Visit discusses the process of writing  The Easy Guide to Your First Walt Disney World Visit with fellow theme park strategist, Josh Humphrey, creator of Easy WDW.  The book was tailored-made to meet the needs of the first-time (and perhaps one-time) visitor to the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida. 

Dave shares a few tips on saving “time, money and effort” when planning a Disney vacation and in our discussion we emphasize the importance of pre-trip planning, especially for guests with special needs. This is the first 2014 WDW guidebook to include comprehensive coverage of FastPass+ system, “with sample itineraries and simple instructions for designing your own.”

The book, published by Theme Park Press,  is available at AMAZON.COM in both Paperback and Kindle formats. 

Since Josh was not available to join in the show, I’ve highlighted his website, EasyWDW in our Tip of the Week feature. I’ve used his free crowd calendars as part of my Walt Disney World trip-planning for years and they have never steered me wrong!

You can connect with Dave Shute on Twitter @yourfirstvisit and with Josh Humphrey @easyWDW.

Thanks for listening!

~ Kathy

This episode of Special Mouse was brought to you by Amy at Up and Up Travel – a Disney Travel Agency dedicated to assisting guests with special needs, and by Scooter Vacations – serving Walt Disney World and Universal Orlando.

 

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Jeffrey Ashe on Disney Vacations, Vlogging and Living with Miller Nager Syndrome – 040

Disney “Maniac” and self-proclaimed “Character King” Jeffrey Ashe is the host of a YouTube video blog, A Day In the Life of Jeff.  Because he uses a tracheostomy tube to breathe, Jeff chats with Kathy about his love of Disney using a communication device that turns typed words into sound — very cool!

Jeff poses with Belle in Epcot:

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For more information on Nager and Miller Syndromes, visit FNMS – The Foundation for Nager and Miller Syndromes, “an international support group dedicated to helping those affected by these two similar and extremely rare, genetic conditions which involve moderate to severe facial and limb anomalies, but do not usually affect intellect.”

Jeff REALLY wanted to share this picture of his dog, Nelly!

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Jeff invites you to visit his You Tube channel: A Day in the Life of Jeff. 

Connect with him on Facebook and Twitter, too!

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Instead of the usual “Tip of the Week,” Kathy discusses her reaction to the divisiveness among the Disney-with-special-needs community by addressing a statement made by a recent visitor to Disneyland —  “I feel such guilt that I’ve manage to make the DAS work for my son while others are still struggling.” 

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This episode of Special Mouse is brought to you by Up and Up Travel, a Disney-dedicated travel agency that specializes in planning vacations for guests with special needs and disabilities.

And by Orlando Scooter Rental, serving Disney World and Universal Orlando – all hotels, resorts & residences.

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Please join us on Facebook; we have a private group for discussing topics of interest to those with special needs and health challenges who plan to visit the Disney Parks or cruise on the Disney Cruise Line!  Please visit the Public Page and comment that you would like to joint the private group.

If you would like to be a guest on a future episode of Special Mouse, send an email to specialmousepodcast@gmail.com.

Thanks for listening!

Kathy

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A Cast Member Conversation About Disability Services – 039

exclusive-stampA Walt Disney World Cast Member chats with Kathy anony-MOUSE-ly about her experiences serving guests both with and without disabilities…

I was thrilled to be able to connect with a current Cast Member to discuss Walt Disney World and Guests with disabilities, both visible and invisible!

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Some of the topics that came up during our conversation:

  • New Cast Member training regarding working with guests who are differently-abled
  • The role of Guest Relations in distribution of accommodations for guests, such as the Disability Access Service Card (DAS), Alternate Entrance Accommodation and the Stroller-as-Wheelchair Accommodation
  • The role of Attractions Cast Members in providing the above accommodations
  • Whether or not Guests without disabilities should be permitted to sit in areas designated for those with disabilities

You can connect with our guest on Twitter @mainstreetfairy

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This episode of Special Mouse is brought to you by Up and Up Travel, a Disney-dedicated travel agency that specializes in planning vacations for guests with special needs and disabilities.

And by Orlando Scooter Rental, serving Disney World and Universal Orlando – all hotels, resorts & residences.

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Tip of the Week:  In honor of Independence Day here in the U.S.A. this week’s tip concerns the fireworks spectaculars at Walt Disney World!

We’ve talked many times about assisting sensory-sensitive individuals with the use of earplugs, earmuffs, or noise-cancelling headphones during Disney fireworks to dampen the sound.  You can also prepare your child ahead of time by watching (and listening) to the nighttime spectaculars with him/her on YouTube. 

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Start with the volume on low and gradually increase the volume to just above your child’s tolerance level and repeat the sequence as often as needed. This is called GRADUAL DESENSITIZATION and it’s a good way to help your child become more comfortable with things that are sensory-difficult.

It is important, however, that you are prepared to bail out in case the sensory stimulation during the show is too much for your child. Position yourself close to the park exit, or even just outside the exit, just in case!

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I am encouraging contributions to the Special Mouse Community Blog, Use Your Words. Submissions should be 500-100 words and covering a topic that is relevant to Disney travel with special needs.

>>> Don’t forget to click on the link in the sidebar, upper right, to receive our monthly Special Mouse Community Newsletter! <<<

 

Thanks for listening,

 ~ Kathy

 

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Crani-Facial Awareness with Two Disney Fans! 038

Crani-Facial Awareness with Two Disney Fans! 038

Jonathan from the U.S. and Michael from the U.K., each born with similar conditions that affected their cranio-facial structure, discuss their love of the Disney theme parks and help Kathy raise awareness for this rare spectrum of conditions known as craniosynostosis.

“Craniosynostosis occurs when one or more of the plates in the skull fuses, normally before birth, resulting in problems often requiring surgical intervention at a young age. Some conditions require ongoing surgical as well as other medical treatments into early adulthood.”  ~ Headlines Craniofacial Support

 

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Jonathan loves hunting for Disney Characters in the parks, having his picture taken with them and them sharing them with his friends on Facebook.  So far, he has met 71 different Disney and Pixar characters! (His favorite is Mary Poppins.) Jonathan shares about his condition, known as Apert Syndrome, which affects his head, face, hands and feet.

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Michael Moody is a theme parks super-fan and has visited every Disney theme park on the planet, save Hong Kong Disneyland! (His favorite is Tokyo Disney Sea.) He shares about his condition, Crouzon Syndrome, and his efforts to support the craniosynostosis community. Michael is a trustee of Headlines – The Craniofacial Support Group, a charitable organization based in the U.K. that supports families with a craniofacial condition in the U.K. and overseas. You can connect with the Headlines support group on Facebook HERE.

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Michael co-hosts the Castle to Castle podcast at Castle to Castle: A Tale of Two Disnerds.  Follow the Castle to Castle podcast on Twitter! You can connect with Michael individually on Facebook.

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Special Mouse is sponsored by Amy at Up and Up Travel. “Up & Up Travel started out as a simple idea, there should be a dedicated Disney travel agency for families & groups who have Special Needs or Disabilities. We believe that no one’s needs should be forgotten and no one should should be left out of the magic of travel to a Disney Destination!” ~ Amy Hughes

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“Never Give Up!” Sarah Kate’s Triumph at the Disney Kids One Mile Run – 037

“Never Give Up!” Sarah Kate’s Triumph at the Disney Kids One Mile Run – 037

Kathy talks with Sarah Kate, a spunky eleven year-old girl with Cerebral Palsy. Sarah Kate’s refusal to quit inspired a standing ovation as she crossed the finish line of the Kids One Mile Run during the Walt Disney World Princess Half Marathon Weekend this past February, 2014. If this story of guts and determination doesn’t give you goose bumps, then nothing will!

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Here is the Blog Post about Sarah Kate’s One Mile Run at Bringing the Sunshine, where her mom, Andi Sligh,  blogs about “Life with a Double Dose of Special (Needs)” Sarah Kate was born with Cerebral Palsy and her brother, Nathan, with Down Syndrome. While you are there, download her FREE e-book for parents of special-needs children, There’s Sunshine Behind the Clouds.

Here is the link to Bringing the Sunshine on Facebook.

If you require accommodation at a runDisney event, The runDisney team can be reached by emailing runDisney@disneysports.com or calling 407-938-3398. Please do so at least 90 days prior to your event!

EDITED, 6/20/14:  Here is the article and video by runDisney we mentioned during the show!

“I’m a Runner, I’m a Champion” — I runDisney!

 

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Tip of the Week:

Boat Service is available in several locations throughout the Magic Kingdom area of the Walt Disney World Resort. Accessibility varies according to location. The Magic Kingdom ferry transports passengers between the Ticket and Transportation Center and the Magic Kingdom. Smaller boats connect the Magic Kingdom Area resorts (Fort Wilderness, Contemporary/Bay Lake Tower, Wilderness Lodge/Villas, Grand Floridian/Villas, and The Polynesian.) Wheelchairs and strollers must be folded up and carried on board and no ECVs are allowed. It’s important to know that you may need to step either up or down into the boat depending on water levels.

ECVs can be accommodated on the motor cruisers that run from the Magic Kingdom to Fort Wilderness and the Wilderness Lodge/Villas unless water levels are too low. In this case, signs will be posted on the docks.

Alternative transportation is available via bus or monorail, depending upon resort.

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To all my listeners who sent me messages of support and encouragement during my son’s recent hospitalization, you have my deepest thanks and appreciation. I am so very grateful to have such abundant love and friendship in my life!

Thanks for listening,

Kathy

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Disney After Cancer Surgery: A Wild Celebration! 036

Disney After Cancer Surgery: A Wild Celebration! 036

What better way to celebrate your cancer-free status than with a trip to Walt Disney World? Kris Banas joins Kathy to discuss her husband’s experience vacationing with an ileostomy at Walt Disney World and how she conquered her fear of heights on the Wild Africa Trek at Disney’s Animal Kingdom!

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Disney’s Wild Africa Trek is a tour offered at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park at the Walt Disney World Resort. It is “a privately guided VIP expedition offering close encounters with exotic African wildlife in their native habitat.” Accessibility Information: Guests must be ambulatory. For safety, guests should be in good health and free from high blood pressure, heart, back or neck problems, motion sickness or “other conditions that could be aggravated by this adventure.” Expectant mothers should not ride.

For more information about ileostomies and colo-rectal cancer, visit the American Cancer Society website.

Our Tip of the Week comes right from our community group on Facebook! Listener Jennifer Banks asks, “How many people can accompany the person who is issued the DAS? The only place I’ve seen it addressed says six total in your party, but that if your party has more, you can all go together to Guest Services and have it issued for that many. Is this true?”

The answer is, yes! Visit Guest Services at any of the Disney theme parks and ask for a Cast Member manager. He or she can authorize a larger party for use of the DAS accommodation. Unfortunately, this must be done in person — Disney cannot issue these accommodations prior to your visit (at least at this point in time!)

For information on obtaining Disney’s Disability Access Service Card, visit  Guests with Disabilities: Frequently Asked Questions.

This episode is sponsored by Amy at Up and Up Travel, the preferred Disney Travel Agency of the Special Mouse podcast. Visit Up and Up Travel today!

Thanks for listening!

 

~Kathy

 

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Travel Tips for the Adult with ADHD – 035

Travel Tips for the Adult with ADHD – 035

Eric Tivers, host of ADHD reWired, joins Kathy to discuss the Disney vacation planning challenges faced by adults with ADHD.

 

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Feature Interview:  Eric Tivers is a mental health counselor and personal coach who specializes in ADHD – Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. We had a fabulous and funny conversation and answered a few listener questions about Disney travel planning and adults like  him who are living with ADHD. You’ll hear Eric share that while he loves traveling and vacationing, he finds the planning part stressful. (I think he needs the services of a Disney travel agent, don’t you?!)

Eric will be speaking at the 25th Anniversary International Adult ADHD Conference  July 24-27 in Orlando, Florida.

You can find Eric Tivers at erictivers.com

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This episode of the Special Mouse podcast is sponsored by Up & Up Travel, a Disney-dedicated travel agency that specializes in serving those with special needs and health challenges.

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Tip of the Week: Today’s tip comes from my friend Heidi. Heidi is an Autism mom like me, and she has created a product called Safety ID Stickers for Kids. These double-layer stickers hide your child’s personal information while remaining highly visible if they need help. You pick the design of the sticker (there are numerous Disney themes available) and Heidi will custom print the inner sticker with the contact information you provide.

Sticker sets are available for purchase in her Etsy.com shop.

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Big News! Special Mouse will soon be adding a BLOG to the website! I am actively seeking guest contributions related to Disney travel and guests with special needs. This is YOUR chance to share your knowledge and experience with the Special Mouse Community. Contact me at specialmousepodcast@gmail.com if you would like to blog with me!

Thank you to listeners GORDON LAGROW and MICHAEL J. CARRASCO for their generous contributions to Special Mouse!

Thanks for listening!

Kathy

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Trip Planning with Autism, Low Vision & Sun Sensitivity – 034

Trip Planning with Autism, Low Vision & Sun Sensitivity – 034

It's a Listener Tea Party!

It’s a Listener Tea Party!

Two listeners join Kathy to discuss their upcoming trips to Walt Disney World with special-needs children.

Topics Discussed:

  • Autism
  • Ocular Albinism and low vision
  • Sun sensitivity
  • Taking kids out of school for vacation
  • GAC accommodations vs. DAS accommodations
  • Fast Pass Plus: on property guests vs. off property guests
  • Crowd calendars for planning
  • Strategies for Anna and Elsa Meet and Greet

Mentioned in today’s show:  Rit Sun Guard Protectant Laundry Treatment, available at Amazon dot com.

Connect with Amanda Bean and Nora Fitzpatrick on Facebook.

Tip of the Week: Preventing blisters while on your Disney vacation.

Did you know? The average vacationer walks somewhere between 6 and 13 miles per day at the Walt Disney World Resort? The rubbing motion between your foot and your shoe creates friction. This makes the skin on your feet prone to blisters. Reduce the friction and you reduce the chance of having blisters. One of the many ways to reduce friction is by lubricating your feet so they slide rather than rub.

There are many products (Body Glide, Sports Slick, Sport Shield) that can be found at running stores and go on like a stick of deodorant.  Band-aid makes a Friction Block Stick that you can buy at your local supermarket or pharmacy.

Apply these products on the heels, the sides of the feet, between toes, and anywhere your shoes normally rub. And if you plan to be in the parks all day, it is a good idea to re-apply sometime during the afternoon or whenever you feel your skin start to rub. Painful blisters can ruin your day and possibly your vacation, so be sure to make every effort to prevent them!

Thanks for listening and remember, the magic is for everyone!

~ Kathy

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Cruising With Autism on the Disney Cruise Line – 033

Cruising With Autism on the Disney Cruise Line – 033

Our celebration of Autism Awareness Month concludes with a visit from Jackie Psarianos from The Autistic World of Disney blog. She and her family, including her 14 year-old son with Autism, have cruised eight times with the Disney Cruise Line and are planning their ninth cruise this summer!

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Topics include:

How the Disney Cruise Line accommodates families with Autism

Tips for planning a Disney Cruise with Autism

DCL Children’s and Teens’ Programs and Autism (Oceaneer Club, Oceaneer Lab, Vibe)

Dining on the Disney Cruise Line with Autism and special dietary needs

You can read Jackie’s blog, The Autistic World of Disney, and connect with her via Twitter , Facebook , and Google+

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This episode of Special Mouse is sponsored by Amy at Up and Up Travel, a Disney Travel Agency dedicated to serving travelers with special needs and disabilities.

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Tip of the Week:  I’ve recently begun listening to a podcast called Building Special Families, hosted by Jared Buckley, father of a 4 year-old girl with Down syndrome. This is an informative and inspiring show for parents of children with all kinds of special needs.  In his latest episode, Jared discusses Disney’s Frozen and the lessons he gleaned from the lyrics of the Oscar award-winning song, ‘Let it Go.’ It’s definitely worth a listen!

Disney’s Frozen Teaches on Social Isolation in ‘Let it Go.’

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Thanks for listening,

Kathy

 

 

 

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Teens with Autism at Walt Disney World – 032

Maureen from Autism at the Parks joins Kathy in celebrating Autism Awareness Month with a lively chat about Teens with Autism at Walt Disney World. (Maureen’s son is nineteen and Kathy’s is sixteen.)

Topics include:

  • Aspects of the Disney theme park experience that seem easier as our children grow older
  • Things that can be more difficult to manage as our children grow older
  • How we have adjusted our vacation/visit routine to adapt to changes in behaviors, sleep and communication
  • Teens’ response to the new DAS (Disability Access Service Card) system
  • Advice for parents of older children with autism who will be visiting the Disney theme parks

Connect with Maureen Deal at Autism at the Parks and on social media: Facebook / Twitter / Google +

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Kathy also shares her opinion of the Disney ADA Lawsuit filed in Federal Court this month by parents of sixteen children with Autism Spectrum Disorders who assert that the new DAS system violates the Americans With Disabilities Act.

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This episode of Special Mouse was sponsored by Amy at Up and Up Travel, a travel agency solely dedicated to assisting guests with disabilities and special needs.

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In addition to our Facebook Fan Page, the Special Mouse Community has a private Facebook Group where members enjoy a safe and supportive environment in which they can connect and share. If interested in joining the group, please post a message on the Special Mouse FB Fan Page. I look forward to seeing you there!

Connect with me on Social Media and sign up for our Monthly Newsletter by clicking on the icons in the sidebar, right.

Our community CHAT ROOM is open every Thursday night at 8pm, EST. Come join us for Disney-related fun and friendship!

 

Thanks for listening,

Kathy

 

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“Eggstra” Special Giveaway – Win a $150 Disney Gift Card!

To celebrate the arrival of spring, Special Mouse has teamed up with some magical Disney blog friends for an “eggstra” special giveaway. One of our lucky readers will win a $150 Disney Gift Card and a Bambi and Thumper Pin Set!

Eggstra Special Giveaway

  • The giveaway will run from Monday, March 31, 2014 until April 11, 2014 at 11:59 PM EST.
  • More ways to enter! There is a daily entry for more chances to win. You can enter right here or on the Special Mouse Podcast Facebook page.
  • The winner will be chosen by Rafflecopter after verification of entries and notified by email.
  • To officially accept the prize the winner must reply by email within 48 hours. Make sure that you provide an email address that you check regularly.
  • The giveaway is open to United States residents only, ages 18 yrs old and up.

Use the Rafflecopter form, below, to enter. Good luck!

 

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Autism Means Friendship with Tommy Des Brisay! 031

Elite Paralympic Athlete and YouTube sensation, Tommy Des Brisay (and his mom) join Kathy to kick off Autism Awareness Month on the Special Mouse podcast. We discuss Tommy’s autism and his lifelong love of Disney, his service dog, Adele, and his Disney’s Frozen meet ‘n greet video that got over one million views on YouTube!

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Tommy with Anna and Elsa

Tommy is an accomplished athlete with Autism from Ottawa, Canada. He has an Autism Assistance Dog guide, Adel. He trains with the Ottawa Lions. Tommy’s Personal Bests are: 1500m 4:23 3000m 9:21 5k- 16:32 10k- 33:54 Half Marathon 1:14:56. A T-20 (Intellectual Disability) Para-Athlete, he’s training towards competing at the Paralympic and World level. Tommy’s also a Nordic skier, kayaker, rock climber, sailor, horserider, swimmer, canoeist and mountain biker. He loves Disney, YouTube, and Facebook. Tommy could read/type words before he began to speak at about age seven. The subtitles of Disney movies helped him develop language. Tommy inspires through his determination and enthusiasm! The YouTube channel lookyus educates about Autism and allows viewers to appreciate all that a person with Autism has to share with others.

Here are the two videos mentioned during the podcast:

“Frozen” Characters Anna & Elsa meet Tommy in Norway
Olaf “In Summer” Parody: The First Fastest Runner

Visit Tommy Des Brisay’s website Autism Means Friendship.

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This episode of Special Mouse is sponsored by Amy at UP AND UP TRAVEL.

Up & Up Travel is a dedicated Disney Travel Agency where we focus on partnering with our clients to create magical family vacations that truly realize their full potential. We take pride in having the most up to date & helpful information for every client need. Please let us know how we can best serve your family!  ~Amy

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The Special Mouse Tip of the Week has to do with safety in the theme parks. Parents of non-verbal children with Autism often worry about becoming separated. A Runner’s ID is a good way to provide Cast Members with information about the child should he or she become separated from parents. As it says on the RoadID.com website, “If you can’t speak for yourself, your Road ID will speak for you.”

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Please visit our Chat Room on Thursday nights, 8pm EST to connect with other listeners of the show.

Thanks for listening!

~ Kathy

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Disney-with-Special-Needs Blogging Bonanza! – 030

Kathy shares excerpts from a dozen unofficial Disney-themed blogs written from a special needs point of view.

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Here are the links to all of the blogs mentioned in our “Blogging Bonanza” episode! I hope you will enjoy discovering some new Disney blogs and re-visiting some old favorites!

The Many Adventures of a Disney-Lovin’ Spectrum Mom – Kathy Kelly – Autism, Walt Disney World
The Autistic World of Disney – Jackie Psarianos – Autism, Disney Cruise Line, Walt Disney World
DIStherapy – Didi Marie – Autism, runDisney, Disneyland
Mousecation – Laurie Smith – Special Diets and Disney Dining Reviews
Orlando Informer Blog – Special Needs are Universal – Debi Dane – Mobility, wheelchair, Universal Studios, Walt Disney World, Cognitive Disabilities
Pixie Dust Girls – Ellen Gerstein – Autism, Disney Cruise Line, Walt Disney World
Return to Disney – Tricia Ballad – Autism, Walt Disney World
Rolling with the Magic – Melissa Knight Coulter – wheelchair accessibility, Walt Disney World, Disneyland
Temporary Tourist – Aunesty Janssen – Autism, Walt Disney World
WDW Dreamin’ – Amy Hughes – Autism, Walt Disney World, Disneyland
Wishing Well Travel Blog – Tabitha Nixon – Disabilities, Walt Disney World
Wishes and Pixie Dust – Mark & Jen Vitek – Autism, Walt Disney World
Fort Friends: Camping with Disabilities – Ed Russell – Fort Wilderness Camping, wheelchair runDisney
Dare to Be – Kerry Kingdon – wheelchair runDisney

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Bye for now,

~ Kathy

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