Mom With Kids After Run
  • On Oct 19, 2013
    Heidi from ME Asked

    My family is heading to Disney in Jan. 2014 and my 5 yr. old is Autistic. I know I will be needing a disability access card. We will need to bring his stroller because he has extreme sensory issues. Can I get a stroller as a wheelchair pass with the DAC.

    Hi Heidi!

    I have a son with Cerebral Palsy who uses a stroller as a wheelchair. While you're at Guest Relations to get your son's Disability Access Service (DAS) Card, be sure to tell them he'll be using his stroller as a wheelchair. They don't note that on the DAS but will give you something to go on his stroller so that Cast Members (CMs) know that he's using it as a wheelchair.

    For those queues that require Guests in wheelchairs to enter through alternate queues, you can see a CM for assistance. They'll give you a return time to come back to the attraction based on the current wait time and no DAS is required.

    Disney World is a great place to visit for Guests with special needs including those with Cognitive Disabilities. They have put together A Resource for Guests with Cognitive Disabilities including Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) which you can find on the link shown above. This will give you a lot of things you can do before and during your trip to help it go as smooth as possible.

    I'm limited in space but answered a question with details of how the DAS works that may help you.

    If your son has any comfort items, bring them if possible. If he has head phones or ear plugs to help keep the noise level down, bring them. If he become anxious, remember the things you do at home to calm him down as keeping it familiar sometimes helps (like singing). Remember to relax and breathe. Sometimes you may just have to take a break until he calms down and try again later.

    Here's a list of Frequently Asked Questions about the DAS.

    Wishing you minnie magical memories :-) Allison V.
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Meet the Panelist: Allison, Georgia

I'm a Disney-fanatic! I made my first trip to Disney World the year it opened and have grown up crazy for all things Disney. As the Mom of a son with Cerebral Palsy, I love providing recommendations for families traveling with a special needs member. Learn More About Allison

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