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. Miles 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.
Miles struggles on a daily basis with things that an average 6 year old shouldn't have to. Sounds, textures, tastes and people get him upset and it is hard for Miles to cope with day to day living. As an autism family, we are looking to get away from the day to day, and just have fun- and experience life without being judged, without the stares, without feeling like we don't fit in. Autism on the Seas provides this opportunity for families like us, and we would like this opportunity for ourselves. Just the 3 of us. With a whole group of other families just like us. No judgement, and no cares in the world.
A vacation like this would mean the world to us.
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 Miles 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.