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. Austin 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, emotionally and financially. We haven’t had true family vacation together yet.
Austin is my world, we all love him so much. But we've all had to make sacrifices, even Tyler, who at the age of 5 is more understanding and mature far beyond his years. The truth is, it's not easy.. As Tyler ages, he will notice that we don't get to do a lot of the same things other kids his age are doing. I would just love to make this happen for our family. With your help, it's not only a dream it's also a possibility.
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 Austin 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.
It's a long shot, but we are hoping that eventually we can raise the funds to give my kids, myself, and my fiance, a vacation we all truly deserve.