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We welcome you to Mouse-aid a site dedicated to helping others traveling to Disney Parks. We offer professional information and answer your personal questions regarding your own travel plans and needs. There are no fees to join, your personal information remains private and will not be sold or shared. Sponsor proceeds are often gifted to members with special needs. Sign up and share personal travel tips or questions. When you sign up you will have access to the members section for more sensitive questions and information. 

 

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 By Beth Blancher, M.A.

Mental Health Professional and Clinical Associate

Coping with Change and Spectrum Disorders at the Disney Parks with the new DAS 

My first bit of advice is to be cautious of advice from others for your child. Children with a spectrum disorder or other issues with cognitive functioning vary from child to child and family to family.  More so, be cautious of others opinions of your child.  One of the worst is “my child doesn’t …” Parenting is difficult and parenting a child with a cognitive disability is far more challenging and demanding. If you are reading this it’s evident that you have the desire to help your child and family, celebrate your drive to help and not solely on your successes but willingness to help your child. 
Therapists help to teach kids social skills, such as how to greet people, wait for a turn and follow directions.  These are crucial life skills.  So these basic skills are often a challenge; but, reinforcement day after day helps to improve these skills for many.  So often I hear “I don’t want to do therapy on vacation” Let’s try to reframe that for a moment. I don’t see the practice at Disney as work but as a wonderland of opportunity for the potential to help a child grow and learn.
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Mouse-aid members enjoying the parks and creating memories with Disney's Photopass                                 More on Disney's photopass can be found at https://mydisneyphotopass.disney.go.com/

Disney Memories, Photopass and You! 
Beth Blancher, M.A. 
 
Everyone, with special needs or not has the need for helping us save the memories of every moment of our Disney vacation.  Some stop and savor the smell of the fresh popcorn on Main Street while others stand there letting the image of the castle imprint in their brain.  A great way to help us save our memories is with photopass.  Photopass photographers are planted at most of the picturesque spots in the parks.  
Photopass has been around since 2006 and helps families get everyone in the picture.  They have recently introduced the new photopass plus.   continued in photo tips 

Update:  Disney has issued a statement denying that the GAC will be eliminated.  There will be changes in ride accessiblity at Disneyland and California Adventure.  These changes are hoped to improve the current system.

 

Here is the latest information, rumors and speculations that we have on the new Disabled Assistance System (DAS) system that is possibly replacing the current GAC system.

 

Will we see changes to the GAC soon?  

Below are some of the rumored changes to the GAC.  This is not an official Disney statement.  

1. When you go to Guest Relations, a CM will take a digital photo of the disabled person, and the photo will be printed on the front of the Disabled Assistance System(DAS) card... This will help the attraction CMs know that the disabled person is getting on the ride, not just using this access for family/friends who can skip the line without the disabled person riding...

We invite you to sign in and share your experiences with the old system and how the possible changes could impact your family's visit to the parks.  

Remember to use a screen name so you don't have to share personal information.

This is not an Official Disney Release only information that has not been confirmed by Disney.  Read and respond with caution as the whole system could be changed before it's released to the public.

 

Beth Blancher, MA

The Parks with Parkinson's

 As many of our early Disney fans age it’s common to see aging Disney fans longing to create lasting memories with family.  For these fans, Disney did not exist during childhood; but they enjoy the innocence of fantasy through their grandchildren, great grandchildren or other young children.  As life’s end draws near with the wisdom of the value of family memories, many seek a trip despite the struggles of a failing body. My father asked to take to take a family trip to Walt Disney World in 2006. Deep down I knew it would be one of the last few trips he would make and wanted to make the best of it.  continued in chronic disabilities
              

  Madison with Cinderella

 Who Needs The Guest Assistance Card at Disney

By Madison Reed

With all of the reports about traveling to the Disney Parks with a disability and recent news of the abuse of the Guest Assistance Card (GAC) Mouse-aid asked Madison to share her experience in the parks from her wheelchair.  Madison has SMA, a debilitating illness that severely limits the number of attractions she can enjoy. Help us to help kids like Madison.  Each time someone abuses the system they are hurting visitors with special needs.

 

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Are We Getting Too Old For Walt Disney World, Part II

By Tom Henry

Anyone that really knows me had to know that I was going to have to write a “Part Two” to my last article here on Mouse-aid. This last trip brought some new points about aging and travel that I just had to bring up for discussion. I’d like to discuss some of the issues that can and do come into the picture as we get older and how it effects your enjoyment while at the parks. Subjects like mobility, diet, medications and real health emergency situations. 

   

 

 

 

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By Collette Bonvillain

Collette a young navy wife shares her pregancy experience at WDW. Check it out

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Madison's wish!

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Join Beth as she shares the misadventures of families traveling to Disney Parks with Adult ADHD.

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By: Beth Blancher, M.A. Find out more about the feelings that parents, children and siblings who live with autism or Asperger’s rarely share. continued

  

By:..Kyle..Jones    If you are traveling with a disabled or ill child then Hayden's Corner is a must read. Follow along with Hayden's dad as they explore the Disney Parks providing critical information for families. Hayden was a make a wish child who's short life was enhanced by a wonderful trip to WDW. Hayden's dad, Kyle, shares their experience.

Join Angel Moore, (Mickey's Angel) as she shares her experience at Disney with her family and disabilities

 

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