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A mother and son's experience seeing Disney's The Lion King on Broadway with help from The Autism Theatre Initiative.

Direct download: smp_088.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:08pm EST

A mixed bag of topics: DAS Anxiety, Mechanical Lift Petition, Autism-Friendly Theater, Vegan Soft-Serve and More in October Chit-Chat.

Direct download: smp_087.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:50pm EST

Today's guest is Dr. Rachel Potter from Autism on the Seas

Direct download: smp_086.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:21pm EST

Melissa from the Vegan Disney World blog discusses vegan dining options at Walt Disney World.

Direct download: smp_085.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:38pm EST

Margalit Francus from Autistic Globtrotting visits the Walt Disney Family Museum and the 2015 D23 Expo with her son who has Autism.

Direct download: smp_084.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:12pm EST

Richard Payne from Mad Hatter Chatter shares tips and stories from his family's Walt Disney World vacations with special needs.

Direct download: smp_083.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:28pm EST

Direct download: smp_082.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:42pm EST

Guest Maureen Deal from AutismAtTheParks.com joins Kathy to discuss whether or not Disney's Disability Access Service (DAS) accommodation is "fair" and, if so, to whom?

We have discussed the change in Disney's system of accommodation for guests with disabilities from the GAC to the DAS at length in previous episodes. Today we begin a dialogue, not about the effectiveness of the current system, but rather whether or not the current system is fair. This is in response to recent posts on social media from travel agents specializing in Disney vacation-planning who expressed frustration regarding some of their clients' response to the current system. Unlike the previous system of accommodation, the DAS does not provide accellerated access to attractions for guests with disabilities.

It should be noted that Maureen and I are speaking as parents of children on the severe end of the Autism Spectrum. Naturally, this has affected our own experiences and our personal opinions. Opinions of Special Mouse listeners regarding this question were requested and permission to share was granted.

Some points covered in this episode are:

Accommodations for Disney Park guests with special needs are now provided based upon specific criteria and many people "fall through the cracks." Guests with challenges related to mobility/endurance are advised to rent a wheelchair or scooter if they do not already have one and the alternate entrance accommodation is provided if a queue is not wheelchair-accessible. Guests who find it difficult to wait in a standard queue environment due to cognitive/sensory issues are offered the DAS, which provides not accellerated access, but a "virtual wait" (Details regarding services for guests with disabilities can be found on Disney's official website.)

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Direct download: smp_081.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:58pm EST

Brad Levy, Event Director, discusses Epilepsy Awareness Day at Disneyland

Direct download: smp_080.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:33pm EST

Guests Don Moore and his daughter Amy discuss Disney travel with vision loss (DL, WDW).

Direct download: smp_079.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00pm EST