Hello, I'd like to welcome you to my new blog, and introduce myself.
This blog will mostly post about traveling to Disney World with a specific focus on people with special needs. But, I hope I can inspire you to travel as a family even if Disney isn't the right fit.
Vacations are important! We are so busy day to day that there isn't much time to be together as a family. On a vacation- It's just you. There is time to create memories and stories you will tell for the rest of your lives. My siblings and I still connect over family vacations, especially the ones where everything wasn't perfect. We laugh about my sister Emily getting sick in the car on Grandma, or being in Washington DC on Easter Sunday with no where open for dinner- so we ate cheese puffs and Easter candy (times have changed, now food is easier to find). We had cars break down and birds attack but all of that is part of the memories, and it builds on that foundation to create stronger bonds.
I say things don't have to be perfect, and I do mean that- but I also get that some things truly are critical if you live with a disability. Thankfully, the internet helps us know more than when my parents traveled with us (remember, no open restaurants on Easter back in the day). Now we can be prepared for just about everything because of all the information available to us, including my new book. (Please excuse the shameless plug).
As for Disney- Crowds, Heat, FIREWORKS... this might not sound like a great fit. I promise you will be surprised. There is something about the Disney magic that helps make it all work. Being immersed in the music, art, and world of the things you love helps calm even the toughest guest. Add to that the world class Disney customer service and their policies to attend to every guests needs, and it works! I'm not saying your trip will be just like your neighbors was, we all have different goals for our vacations, but you can have a wonderful time for everyone in your family!
So, Who Am I?
Hi! I'm Amy Schinner. Mom of 2 great kids, Ben and Meg. Ben is diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. He has lead me on a journey I didn't expect, but I embrace all it has taught me. My new path has created awareness, friendships and a passion for people that have to live life with more challenges than others.
I am an advocate for people with disabilities, I chair the Walk Committee for Autism Speaks in Cincinnati, and I worked for Disney in my life before kids.
My family lives in Cincinnati where Ben and Meg are in school, my husband, Steve, and I attend a lot of cross country and track events- cheering for Meg and her team. And we enjoy museums, ballgames- more proof that I'm the eternal optimist, Cincy sports are tough right now! and getting away to Disney World.
Thanks for checking in, I welcome comments and input and I hope you enjoy the site!!