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Accessible Travel and the Special Needs Family: A Discussion with the Founders of Special Globe – 065

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Today I’m chatting with Jonathan Yardley and Meghann Harris, founders of an innovative special-needs travel site called Special Globe.

They have created a site “that will allow parents the ability to book custom trips, book hotels and share their experiences and learn from other parents and experts through forums and written articles about everything from tips and tricks, top ten things to do and basic travel advice.”  They plan to develop their own itinerary guides for Special Globe members that would include comprehensive information about special needs travel. Where to stay, where to eat, what wonderful activities would be available to you that your whole family could enjoy, where are the hospitals, where are the pharmacies, where can I get a beach scooter, where can I get a certified aid that could help my family while on vacation in each of these locales and much more. All of it completely free of charge.

Meghann has two children; her daughter was diagnosed with atypical Rett Syndrome when she was one year old. Meghann’s love of family travel and her strong desire to provide that same experience to her family was the driving force behind the creation of Special Globe.

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You can visit the Special Globe website HERE and connect with them on social media on Twitter , Facebook , and YouTube.

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Well, the feedback keep pouring in on the Facebook Group for the cover image for my upcoming book, Walt Disney World with Autism: A Special Needs Guide. I posted the top three images, asked you all to vote, and you’ve been no help at all because there’s a hundred comments and the votes are all over the place!

So, it’s back to the drawing board for the illustrator who will be tweaking the design based upon your suggestions. (I should probably run some kind of a contest or something, I’ll have to think about that a bit.)

Naturally, I’m really excited about bringing this book to you. Our family’s been enjoying WDW pretty much every year for the past 12 years and so we’ve learned a lot about navigating the parks with our son, Billy, who has Autism. We’ll be into the April in a couple of days and, if you are not aware, April is Autism Awareness Month in the United States, and World Autism Awareness Day will be celebrated on April 2nd.

Unfortunately, I will be celebrating World Autism Awareness Day by increasing my awareness of our state’s judicial system, as I was called to State Grand Jury selection on that very day. Yuckk!

The real celebration for me will come sometime early in April – I don’t have the exact date, yet, but I promise I will let you know – when I launch the Kickstarter campaign to help me publish the book!

If you’re not familiar with Kickstarter, it’s a crowdfunding platform for creative projects like books, films, music albums, etc.

Essentially, it’s a way for you to pre-order the book AND support the project in general.

I’ve set up a page here on the website and also a Facebook page for Walt Disney World with Autism: A Special Needs Guide; please visit either of those if you’d like more information.

Opinion: DAS Rumors!

My take on this week’s rumor; please see this blog post. Let’s not begin yelling “Fire!” in a crowded movie theater.

Tip of the Week:

This week’s tip addresses concerns about TSA Security and air travel with pre-filled medication syringes.

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If you’re worried that your medication syringes will be opened and the liquid tested by Transportation Security Administration agents, you may rest at ease. The only reason that agents may screen your liquid-filled syringes is if they appear to be tampered with. The TSA suggests that you keep all pre-filled syringes sealed and transport them in their original box that has the prescription label attached.

Have your syringes in an easily accessible place in your carry on. Put them in the bin when you are going through the screening process. The more upfront you are about medically-necessary liquids, the fewer problems you will have.

It is also recommended that you bring a copy of the original prescription from your doctor.

If you have any questions about pre-filled medication syringes or any other medically-necessary liquid, you may call the TSA Cares FREE hotline at 1-855-787-2227 prior to your flight, or, visit the website and click on the tab for travelers with disabilities and medical conditions.

Thanks for listening,

Kathy

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WDW Attraction Vehicle & Seating Guide – Animal Kingdom – 064

Part 4 of a discussion with Erin Foster about accessibility and sensory concerns of attraction vehicles and seating at the Walt Disney World theme parks. Today we visit Animal Kingdom!

We break down  all of the Attractions and Shows by:

– Seating capacity per row

– Seating capacity per attraction vehicle

– Wheelchair accessibility

– ECV or Scooter accessibility

-Stroller accessibility

– Seating surface

– Safety restraints

– Boarding procedure

– Height requirement

– Sensory issues: sights, sounds, smells, motion

You can read Erin’s original blog Here.

 

We also touched on The Unofficial Guide to the Disney Cruise Line 2015, which Erin co-authored with Len Testa and Laurel Stewart.

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Tip of the Week:

Today’s tip is in response to a listener question about the Kids Clubs on Disney Cruise ships. Jennifer asks,

“On a cruise if my daughter wants to be in the kid’s club, which I’m sure she will, if she is suppose to get certain meds at certain times will I have to go there and do it? Can I leave the meds with the cast members in there to give to her at those times? How does this work? She is on meds 4 times a day.”

Answer:  Unfortunately, Disney Cruise Line Kids Club counselors are not permitted to administer medications to children due to liability reasons. You will need to either (1) schedule your daughter’s visits around her medication schedule or (2) stop in and give her the medications yourself. You will be given a “sea phone” so that you can communicate with counselors while your daughter is playing in the activity center. For more information about DCL Kids Clubs you can visit the DCL website.

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Thanks for listening,

 

Kathy

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Tips to Make Your Flight Less Stressful When Traveling with Prescription Medications

Here are some tips to make your flight less stressful when traveling with prescription medications:

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1. Make sure you take enough medication for the duration of your stay — and then some! Bring copies of your prescriptions with you, just in case.

2. Pack your medications in their original bottles. The bottles should have your name, your doctor’s name and pharmacy on the labels. Liquid prescription medication is permitted on all flights. Make sure that it is in its original package.

3. Make sure that the caps are tightly closed, and place the bottles in re-sealable plastic bags so the screeners can see them easily. (It also helps if the bottle opens and the pills fall out!) Do not put any other items in the bag. Any liquids or creams should be in different bags in case of spillage and possible contamination.

4. Place medications that require refrigeration in an insulated cooling bag. You might be able to get ice on board to keep it cool if it is a long trip. Label the outside with your name.

5. Put your medication bag in your carry-on luggage. If possible, put it in the bag that fits under your seat, as opposed to the overhead bin. In some cases, the airline may ask the on-board staff to store your medicines and syringes during flight. Keep your medicines, syringes, and supplies together in a small travel case to make passing them to and from the flight staff easier with less chance of losing medications or supplies.

6. If you are traveling to another time zone, you want to take your medication at your normal time. If your medication needs to be taken at a specific time during your flight, inform the flight attendant in advance that you will need some water when that time comes.

Wishing you happy and safe travels!

~ Kathy

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What to do if you get sick at Walt Disney World

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Hope for the best but prepare for the worst!
 
Guest James Cameron recalls medical emergencies he and his family have experienced while vacationing at Walt Disney World. He and Kathy discuss various resources for guests to utilize if they get sick while on vacation:
 
First Aid Stations inside the Disney theme parks and water parks, Automatic External Defibrillators, local Urgent Care centers, Reedy Creek Fire and Rescue, and the closest Emergency Department at Celebration Hospital in Celebration, Florida. 
 
Helpful tips for preparing for unexpected illness and injury while at Walt Disney World: have your health insurance card with you, bring prescriptions including prn (as needed) medications, know how to access the 911 system, and remember that “an ounce of prevention is worth more than a pound of cure.”
 
James and his wife Lisa blog about Disney at Home is Where the Mouse Is
Connect with James & Lisa on Facebook, on Twitter, and on Pinterest.
Tip of the Week: Special Mouse listeners tell us some of the emergency supplies they bring to the Disney Parks.
 
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