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Old 08-20-2010, 10:20 AM   #16
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I'm very excited that you all get to have this trip together.
Hey LL! Welcome aboard and another exciting part of this trip for me is meeting you!

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Old 08-20-2010, 11:14 AM   #17
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Am I first??? I think the is the first time I have been a "first reponder".

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isn't that fun...silly how we get excited over those fun things...don't know if I've been first yet on a PTR/TR

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I am excited for all of you!

It will be wonderful to get away and just be yourselves - not mom or wife or PTA person or teacher or nurse or whatever else you do out here in the real world. Just go and relax and have fun and be you, and in the process develop some special friendships. Sounds awesome to me!

And some Florida sunshine in the middle of winter sounds lovely, too.
I agree completly....just some time to be "girls"

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Sounds like an awesome trip and can't wait to hear all of the details!
Hi Carissa...we'll be right behind you in January..you get them ready for us

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we are too...it's amazing how quick it came to be....
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Old 08-20-2010, 11:24 AM   #18
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I will admit, I squealed out loud when I read the dates.
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Old 08-20-2010, 11:36 AM   #19
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I am here too!! Many of my favorite ladies on the DIS are going to WDW together , I am so jealous and wish we were going to be there at the same time.

Kathy, Bill asked me your dates, I swear he loves to stalk you. He and I both adore you.

This is such a great opportunity for you to get to know one another even better, I admire all of you for doing this trip and I can't wait to read about the plans!
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I'm joining in... I am so excited for you guys to have a moms trip!!!
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Old 08-20-2010, 03:43 PM   #21
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Joining in! This is FABULOUS! I love that you ladies are all going on this trip! Can't wait for more!
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Old 08-20-2010, 04:51 PM   #22
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A little bit of planning...

Can you believe just under 2 weeks ago...I saw in my inbox an email from Amy...something about a propsition from Kathy...I had not been on the Dis yet so I wasn't sure what it was about...

I quickly logged on and went to my PM's and read w/ eager excitment about Kathy's idea for a trip in January...a few Spectrum Mom's and a book (Kathy can tell more)...

I emailed back Amy and went straight to opening more windows online to ckeck room rates and possible airfare...

then Amy calls me and I couldn't believe in my excitment I missed the part where Kathy offered to host in DVC

w/ an AP already bought for my upcoming November trip, room cost done as well...this actually looked doable.

Pm'd back Kathy

then up next was how to run this by DH and could I actually go...

I copied Kathy's PM into an email and waited ...his response was

"How much would airfare be?"

I figured I was golden...

less than 24 hrs later I was in 100% as was Amy...I didn't want to go w/out her

it was slightly bittersweet though as another dear Diser and friend MRYPPNS had to bow due to timing and a family trip she had planned for end of Feb '11

also during this Tracy realized she could go, irish dancer Anne Marie was invited and could go too...cool I have a travel partner now. ( I have actually never traveled by myself or flown by myself either...)

Kathy got the all clear from the "big kahuna" and up next was waiting for SW to open their fares just this past Tues and Amy's 6:30 am wake-up call for me....

we have sent a ton of pm's and now emails...and it is amazing how fast this has come together...

stay tuned for more

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Old 08-20-2010, 10:07 PM   #24
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That is just so so cool how it all came together! You all are an awesome bunch of ladies and deserve this and more!

And a book?? Kathy, you have me intrigued!
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On my phone so I'll have to edit my color later... But just wanted to say that was a great recap Julie!!! I feel the excitement all over again!!
I know...you & Tracy must tell about the airfare day....

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it was slightly bittersweet though as another dear Diser and friend MRYPPNS had to bow due to timing and a family trip she had planned for end of Feb '11

so hey all this might not be the case anymore.....
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If you’re a regular on the TR/PTR boards, I don’t have to tell you that there are some pretty amazing people here! Some are moms, some aren’t. Some have kids on the Spectrum, some don’t. Some have been to Disney numerous times and others are planning their first trips. I’ve made some great cyber-friends here… a few of whom I’ve been lucky enough to have eventually met while vacationing at The World! (Shout-out to mrsksomeday, Yoda K, and Dreamer&Wisher.) But there is a special place in my heart for all the DIS-Moms with kids on the Autistic Spectrum. In addition to our love of Disney, we’ve shared the experience of guiding our children through the myriad of challenges they face every day. We’ve laughed and cried and rejoiced together as each family trip progresses from dream to reality to magical memory.

We have become friends.

And that is why it doesn’t seem so very odd, really, to find myself planning a Disney trip with a bunch of women I have never met!

But, I must confess, I have another reason for wanting to get together with these gals. They have agreed to help me with a crazy dream project of mine… writing a book!

About a year ago I began to think seriously about writing a book… a book about my family’s “Adventures in Autism” at Walt Disney World. I’ve had so much fun writing trip reports on the DIS and have been genuinely humbled and deeply gratified by the responses I have received from other DISers… particularly from other parents of children with Autism. What an incredible feeling it is to get a message saying that my little reports have helped someone gather the courage to take their autistic child to WDW! Or that something they learned from me helped them to enjoy their trip more than they ever thought they could! It’s well known that WDW does an amazing job accommodating the special needs of guests, but a person truly cannot understand the full scope of that until they read about other families like theirs who have experienced a hundred magical moments because of awesome, understanding Cast Members (and a hefty dose of good ole pixie dust!)

In any case, at the urging of family and friends I began planning “the book” in my head. But I soon realized that something was off. Sure, my family’s stories might be somewhat entertaining and informative… but they can’t really speak to all families on the spectrum.

Autism is known as a “spectrum disorder” because there are so many symptoms associated with it. Not all children with autism have all the symptoms, so it is often difficult to generalize (and even diagnose.) A person can be just a little autistic, or a lot autistic. When a person is a little autistic, or High-Functioning, it is commonly called Asperger’s Syndrome. If a person has more symptoms of autism or if the symptoms are more severe, it is commonly referred to as “classic autism.” (My Billy has classic autism.)

So I began to think that I really should include the experiences of several families with kids on the spectrum… one family just couldn’t tell the whole story! And that’s where my DIS-friends come in! Everyone coming on this trip has agreed to be part of Kathy’s Great Big Book of Adventures in Autism: Walt Disney World!!

(That’s not the actual title… but you get the idea.)

Hmmm. Perhaps that could be the title!

So you see, this is technically a “working vacation” for me. I can’t wait to get started on my research!



Kathy





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Old 08-20-2010, 11:49 PM   #27
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I recall reading about your book plans before Kathy, but this is more detail - and I think the book sounds FANTASTIC! What a great idea to get real life stories from other Mothers. Exciting work, plus friends, plus fun - sounds like a great trip in the making!!!
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Hey Julie! I didn't realize you were going along too. Awesome! When I saw the trip was going to be January I quickly checked the dates. January is my favorite month to visit WDW! You guys will have a blast.
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Wow! Old friends, new friends... this PTR is going to be so much fun!!


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....It will be wonderful to get away and just be yourselves - not mom or wife or PTA person or teacher or nurse or whatever else you do out here in the real world. Just go and relax and have fun and be you, and in the process develop some special friendships. Sounds awesome to me! .....

Hi MeMom! You're absolutely right... if there's anybody who can use a little respite weekend its the mother of a special-needs child!

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Hi Carissa! This feels like Old Home Week, doesn't it? So many wonderfully familiar names and faces!


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Leslie!! We'll be there at the same time! What luck! We definitely must get together!


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I am here too!! Many of my favorite ladies on the DIS are going to WDW together , I am so jealous and wish we were going to be there at the same time.

Kathy, Bill asked me your dates, I swear he loves to stalk you. He and I both adore you...
Hi Tracy!! Tell Bill he is sweet! (Okay, you've probably already told him that several times today....) Your ticker designs are amazing and I'm afraid that I will have to ask for yet another change!! We have some "new additions" to our cast...to be named later....


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Joining in! This is FABULOUS! I love that you ladies are all going on this trip! Can't wait for more!
Hello, Melissa! With so many moms chiming in on this PTR, I'm sure more will be coming every day!


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....Exciting work, plus friends, plus fun - sounds like a great trip in the making!!!
Hi Brook! Glad you're here! Looks like both of us will be going to Disney after we didn't think it would be possible. It makes it that much sweeter, doesn't it?



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Autism is known as a “spectrum disorder” because there are so many symptoms associated with it. Not all children with autism have all the symptoms, so it is often difficult to generalize (and even diagnose.) A person can be just a little autistic, or a lot autistic. When a person is a little autistic, or High-Functioning, it is commonly called Asperger’s Syndrome. If a person has more symptoms of autism or if the symptoms are more severe, it is commonly referred to as “classic autism.” (My Billy has classic autism.)

this is so true....as both of my twins are on the spectrum, but each w/ a different set of daily trials and sturggles and how they manage and cope is equally different...

as like any mother w/ multiple children will tell you...all their kids are different, personalities, temperments, likes & dislikes...but it's a bit more when your child lives each day w/ Autism...my DH & I still fumble over what works and doesn't work...we have some general umbrella rules for all of our 4 children and home...but in reality especially for the twins and our youngest...we have a different parenting technique for each...it can be exhuasting but w/ support, love and seeing how they are growing...being a Spectrum Mom is and can be rewarding


Everyone coming on this trip has agreed to be part of Kathy’s Great Big Book of Adventures in Autism: Walt Disney World!!

(That’s not the actual title… but you get the idea.)

Hmmm. Perhaps that could be the title!


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Hey Julie! I didn't realize you were going along too. Awesome! When I saw the trip was going to be January I quickly checked the dates. January is my favorite month to visit WDW! You guys will have a blast.
yep...I'm in on the fun and can not wait...this will be such an amazing trip
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