We're Fundraising for an Autism on the Seas Cruise
Every day we live with the direct effects of autism. The challenges are great and require a constant devotion from each family member, with some days requiring more energy than others. Laszlo has blessed us with so many wonderful moments but has changed the way we are able to approach events that others are able to do on a regular basis. Autism affects us as a family mentally, physically, emotional and financially. We haven’t had true family vacation in 5 years.
Autism on the Seas is a non-profit company that allows families like ours to experience a vacation that at one time we would have imagined to be impossible. They arrange specific special needs accommodations with the cruise lines and they provide professionally qualified staff to assist us with expedited port check-in, meal assistance, pool time supervision, beach excursions, respite (time for Laslo to be well cared for while the rest of the family can do other things), and many other perks and assistance. Autism on the Seas also provides pre-cruise professional consultation and valuable resources, including connecting with other families for support.
We started raising Laszlo 4 months after getting married. We have accomplished a lot of positive things in this time. We have him in to therapy 5 days a week plus school. He is a sweet, loving boy but has meltdowns that makes it hard to do trips. We want to show him that we ALL can have fun times. We only have 1 income due to medical issues. We all have needed a vacation to get a little break from everyday stresses and to bring us closer together. We need to feel like we can conquer more things and just not be in a rut.
We would be so appreciative for the funding to make a cruise our family vacation.