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Old 09-01-2012, 02:00 PM   #1
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Walt Disney World Receives Gold Autism Award

Nice to see that Disney received some praise for their efforts.
This should help all disabilities. The more a company can see they are
making a difference, the more likely they are to do so in the future.

Often unheralded, but used every day, Walt Disney World has top of the industry support and services for accommodating guests with disabilities. So it’s nice when they get recognized for it. The most recent award has come from across the pond. The Gold Autism Award was presented to Disney on behalf of The United Kingdom Autism Foundation for Disney’s efforts supporting and accommodating autistic guests.

The Gold Autism Award, accepted by Greg Hale, Chief Safety Officer and Vice President of Worldwide Standards and Auditing, was presented by Ivan Corea, father of an autistic child, Charin Corea. The award recognizes Disney’s initiatives to help guests with disabilities navigate the Walt Disney World Resort properties in an easy and effortless way.

Charin has inspired an entire autism movement in the United Kingdom. His parents initiated 2002 as Autism Awareness Year and they founded Autism Sunday which is now a massive international event celebrated in many countries including the United States. The inspiration behind all of this is Charin, a teenager with autism spectrum disorder and a communication disorder, who has inspired world leaders to speak up for people with autism and Asperger syndrome.

“I don’t want the public to see the world they live in while they are at the park. I want them to feel they are in another world,” said Corea quoting Walt Disney. “Disney World does just that, and makes it possible for (my son) Charin and other guests to truly enjoy their time in the parks because of its excellent attention and service.”

Raising awareness about autism and the needs of those who suffer from this condition is the main goal of the UK Autism Foundation.

Disney works to accommodate guests with disabilities by appropriately training Cast Members, making the latest technology available to guests and constantly reviewing policies and procedures that govern park operations. In addition, guests with disabilities can plan their park experience by reviewing a copy of the Guide for Guests with Disabilities.

“Part of Disney’s heritage is to have no one feel excluded,” said Hale. “Our goal here is to make experiences accessible to any guest that enters the parks.”

To learn more about Disney services for guests with disabilities please visit http://disneyworld.disney.go.com/gue...-disabilities/
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aww...fantastic news. I have a son on the spectrum and WDW has always been a magical place for our family.
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The first time we took our son with ASD to WDW, I was terrified. They were so accommodating. Now, it is the only place we want to vacation. Disney deserves the recognition for their efforts.
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Congrats Disney-we love you!

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Very nice.
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The way WD treats us and our two Autistic kids is the exact reason we bought into DVC and go 2-4 times a year. It is the only place that comes close to letting loose and having a vacation. Sure Autism does not vacate but we do not feel like we are imposing and can just be a family having fun.

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