We're Fundraising for an Autism on the Seas Cruise
In Eric's 18 years we have tried to never hold him back from anything. He loves outdoors, nature and water. What has held Eric back developmentally has only made us strive to move him forward. On June 6th, 2016 Eric will be graduating from high school and moving on to is new transition program, I cant think of a better graduation present for him as to give hie a gift of all the things he deeply enjoys.
Every day we live with the direct effects of autism and down syndrome. The challenges are great and require a constant devotion from each family member, with some days requiring more energy than others. Eric 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.
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 Eric 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.