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. Joshua 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 together in 6 years.
Many times I had to quit working because of Joshua's many therapy appointments. Dad has to keep working since he is the one with our medical insurance benefit. He works 12-15 hour days just to make this happen. Often, we are not able to do what big sister wants to do as family because of Joshua's symptoms and she has always been understanding. I would love and appreciate an opportunity to take a cruise with my little family (the 4 of us). To be able to be with people who understand and can help is amazing and I would love this consideration. My son will be 7 in Ocrober and would love to give him first real vacation.
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 [insert family member name with autism] 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.