This is Jordan, my grandson. I have been his "mom", since he was 2, when my daughter was killed in an accident.Every day we live with the direct effects of autism. He also struggles with OCD, sensory dysfunction. Social anxiety. with some days requiring more energy than others. [Jordan] has blessed me 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 Jordan to be well cared for while I can do other things), and many other perks and assistance.We went on our first cruise in 2015, with Jordan insisting that he WOULD NOT go in the pool, or the hot tub, or do karaoke in front of strangers. By the end of the cruise, he had done all three, with th support and encouragement of the wonderful AotS staff!!
I am so sorry that this is short notice. We have a cruise booked to Alaska in July, the balance is due the first week in April. Jordan talks about it constantly; I haven't gotten enough money together to cover the balance. We know a few people from AotS, staff and family, and are so looking forward to seeing them again! Any help would be appreciated more than you could possibly know!