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Old 03-07-2014, 05:19 PM   #1
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NYTimes Magazine longform - reaching my autistic son through Disney

I just caught this article and thought it would be of interest to some people here.
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Old 03-07-2014, 06:54 PM   #2
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Thanks got sharing.
This is totally fascinating and when you think about it, it makes a lot of sense. Kind of the ultimate in social stories.

I will be interested in resting the book when it comes out.
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Fascinating article about autistic child and Disney

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/09/ma...gh-disney.html

Quite long but worth it!
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Powerful share. Thank you so much. Loved watching the video.
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Thanks got sharing.
This is totally fascinating and when you think about it, it makes a lot of sense. Kind of the ultimate in social stories.

I will be interested in resting the book when it comes out.
Agree!
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Merged 2 threads together on the same subject.
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Old 03-10-2014, 02:43 PM   #7
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Interesting article. They mention Riverview School on Cape Cod - that is the school DD attended. I can't say enough about how wonderful the school and especially the staff are.
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Just came here to post it--shoulda known you guys would be on top of this!
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This was such an inspirational story. Thank you for sharing this!
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Did anyone else see this on Disney and Autism?

A friend sent me this link. It made me cry and gave me goosebumps.
I hope it's OK to post here. I know a lot of people will be able to relate to it. That family picture you see in my signature, that was the moment my son came ALOVE at Disney. He had never worn a hat before. EVER! He wouldn't wear that ear hat actually at all. UNTIL then. He grabbed it and put it on fast as lightening once he saw the Big Cheese in person!
http://www.amazon.com/Life-Animated-...=life+animated

I pre-ordered the book on Amazon. The segment isn't nearly long enough, but it was wonderful!
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Thank you both for sharing this, it is a wonderful article. Has real resonance with me as DS is very similar and has learnt much of his speech, understanding of people and relationships, to read and write, from repeatedly watching Thomas The Tank Engine, Disney films and other children's tv. Worried for years about his obsessions but now we are really seeing the fruits of all his hard learning!
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A friend sent me this link. It made me cry and gave me goosebumps.
I hope it's OK to post here. I know a lot of people will be able to relate to it. That family picture you see in my signature, that was the moment my son came ALOVE at Disney. He had never worn a hat before. EVER! He wouldn't wear that ear hat actually at all. UNTIL then. He grabbed it and put it on fast as lightening once he saw the Big Cheese in person!
http://www.amazon.com/Life-Animated-...=life+animated

I pre-ordered the book on Amazon. The segment isn't nearly long enough, but it was wonderful!
I added your post to an existing thread about the New York Times article about the same subject.
The article mentioned the book that was coming out - nice to see a link to the actual book.

Looks very interesting.
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Old 03-13-2014, 10:48 PM   #13
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I heard some stories about people with Autism at Disney World, too, and the amount of problems they have been experiencing since Disney World revamped their disability system. I'll take a read through.
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I heard some stories about people with Autism at Disney World, too, and the amount of problems they have been experiencing since Disney World revamped their disability system. I'll take a read through.
These plenty of positive stories as well. You should look around.
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Old 03-14-2014, 12:16 AM   #15
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I heard some stories about people with Autism at Disney World, too, and the amount of problems they have been experiencing since Disney World revamped their disability system. I'll take a read through.
This story has nothing to do with DAS and actually Disney parks play a very small part in it.
It is actually much more about a child who used the words of Disney characters to develop his own inner voice.
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These plenty of positive stories as well. You should look around.
Agree.
Quite a few people on this board have reported misgivings before they went, but that DAS actually worked out well for them.

Many of the negative stories I have read have included:
- people who have not been to a Disney park, but decided it would not work without trying it
- some of with a lot of misinformation - including thinking guests have to pay for Fastpass or that guests using DAS can't also use a Fastpass
- people in the beginning who had issues, but did figure out how to work with the new system
- people who had unrealistic expectations - such as not having to wait at all or looping continually on high demand rides without waiting

There are some issues with getting return times if a person using DAS is alone or there is only one person with the DAS holder.
But from what I have read in various places, the new program is working fairly well for the majority of people.
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