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. JT 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. The first time we experienced a true family vacation together was during our first cruise with Autism on the Seas in June 2016.
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 JT to be well cared for while the rest of the family can do other things), and many other perks and assistance. They were also very helpful with our daughter and included her in all of the activities so she didn't feel left out. We made lasting friendships with other families and memories to last a lifetime! Autism on the Seas also provides pre-cruise professional consultation and valuable resources, including connecting with other families for support.
We would love to do this again in August 2017! All donations are tax deductible!
As a single income household and the financial obligations required for JT, saving money can be a challenge at times.
Thank you in advance for any assistance you can provide!