Part 4: What to Expect Once Onboard! Going on a Disney Cruise with Asperger’s

Getting the Lay of the Land Ship! Exciting about being onboard and ready to have some fun?! Or are you feeling overwhelmed, not knowing what to do first or how things work? Let’s chat! Probably one of the best things to start with is to take some time to familiarize yourself with the ship. Taking the time to do this …

International Women’s Day and Why We Shared Our Story

Talking to my Aspergirl yesterday (ok, texting… we both avoid speaking on an actual phone at all costs) International Women’s Day came up. She’s studying gender in college, so it was something already on her radar. She’s quite passionate about women’s issues supporting movies such as “Wonder Woman” that use females in strong, leading roles. She’s even used our book …

Keep the Change

If there is one constant I see in my Twitter feed it’s frustration with the lack of actually autistic actors on the screen. It seems almost all autistic characters are portrayed by actors who are neurotypicals (people who do not have autism). In fact, there is a hashtag in the cyberverse (#ActuallyAutistic) that underscores the lack of autistic voices tapped …

Part 3: Packing and Embarkation Day! Going on a Disney Cruise with Asperger’s

Ready, Set, Pack! Now that tickets are purchased, it’s time to start thinking about what you’ll need to pack for your upcoming Disney Cruise! K and I are so excited for you! Since the Disney Cruise Line offers so many options when it comes to cruises (locations, length and times of year), it’s impossible to address every iteration for what …

Asperger’s and the Coming Flood

Recently my husband and I attended a viewing of “Keep the Change,” a film featuring actually autistic adult actors. After the credits several adults formed a panel, opening the floor to discussion of adults on the Autism Spectrum. One of the panelists, Nancy Popkin, the mother of a son with autism, advocate and employee of the Autism Society of NC, …

Part 2: Booking a Disney Cruise, plus understanding the true costs

Cruising Basics If you are considering booking a Disney Cruise with Asperger’s in the house you have additional things to consider aside from general planning. Even so, there are planning basics we all need to cover. In this post we are going to talk about making reservations, costs (yes, we’ll talk finances!), and other general booking considerations. Some will be …

Part 1: A mother-daughter Disney cruise: the back story

The Background Over a year ago, my daughter had a big ask. She wanted to do a mother-daughter vacation and wasn’t going to take “maybe” as an answer. Anyone familiar with our family knows the word “vacation” oft resides in a fantasy world. Raising a child on the Autism Spectrum means many things, including a shift in priorities with finances …