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A Disney DAS Social Story for Young Children with Autism

Photo courtesy of Autism at the Parks

Photo courtesy of Autism at the Parks

 

When Disney’s Guest Assistance Card was replaced with the Disability Access Service Card in October, 2013, it was done rather abruptly. This didn’t give families traveling with young children on the Autism Spectrum much time to prepare. I quickly wrote out this social story and posted it on my personal blog.

I happened to be at the Magic Kingdom with friends the day that the DAS went into effect. My friend John Saccheri , aka, Big Fat Panda, agreed to help me create a video version of the social story.  He makes amazing point-of-view attraction videos that my son, Billy, cannot get enough of! I didn’t have Billy with me, so fellow Disney blogger Aunesty Janssen graciously allowed us to “borrow” the experience she had with her son and use it for the social story. Thank you, both. I hope that you find this video to be useful as you plan for your Disney vacation!

A DAS Social Story Video

Script:

There is something new at Disney that will help me to have fun. It is called the DAS card.

To get the DAS card we visit Guest Relations. The Cast Members at Guest Relations are there to help us.

My Mom or Dad or _________ will ask a Cast Member for the DAS card. The Cast Member will ask my Mom or Dad some questions about me.

I will try to stay quiet while they are talking. If I am quiet my Mom or Dad will be so proud of me.

The Disney Cast Member will take my picture. I will try to stay still when my picture is taken.

Now I have a special card with my picture on it.

Sometimes, there is a long line of people waiting for a ride that I want to do.

I must wait for my turn. Waiting can be hard.

My Mom or Dad will give the Cast Member my DAS card. He or she will write something on the back of the card. It is the time that we can come back to ride.

When that time is up we will come back to ride.

I will try to be patient while I wait for my turn to ride. This is a good idea.

There are many things that I can do while waiting for my turn.

I can have a snack. I can play a game. I can use the restroom. I can listen to music.

I can _____________________________________.

Mom or Dad will be happy if I wait quietly for my turn to ride.

When it is time for my turn, we will come back to the ride and get in the shorter line. It is good to be in the shorter line.

 

Soon I will ride and I will feel happy.

 

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Kathy

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