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Having children with autism or other developmental disabilities can make family vacation planning a challenge when it comes to finding the right accommodations. Fortunately, there is a service that is changing the lives of families by making their dreams of a family cruise a reality.
Texas couple Kim and Jason Ansley have two children, 6-year-old Jakob and 11-year-old Kaleb, who has non-verbal autism. The Ansley’s had only vacationed a couple times since Kaleb was born. It proved to be difficult with his autism because they would often receive complaints about his behavior.
When Kim heard about Autism on the Seas, she applied for a dream Royal Caribbean Cruise for her family. Autism on the Seas is special needs travel agency granting vacations to families and individuals with Autism, Asperger’s Syndrome, and all cognitive, intellectual and developmental disabilities. It provides cruisers with staff that assist families in accommodating typical cruise services as well as providing specialized respite and private activities. Royal Caribbean is a certified autism friendly cruise line offering initiatives for families living with autism. This includes sensory friendly films, toys, cruise dietary menu options and overall autism friendly products and service that are designed to ensure a positive cruise experience.
Their dream came true when the family was granted a cruise! It was everything they hoped for and more. They were able to enjoy a family vacation without having to worry about judgement, safety issues or limitations.
Watch above as the Ansley family shares how they experienced the cruise of a lifetime with the help of Autism on the Seas and Royal Caribbean.
Autism on the Seas is the leading developmental disability service supplier to the cruise industry, and has a wide array of programs and services to assist families with autism and other developmental disabilities. to learn more, visit the Autism on the Seas website. Also visit the Autism on the Seas YouTube channel to see more personal family experiences, as well as their ‘About’ video.
video source: YouTube/HooplaHa