Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Disney World Accomodates Amblyopia

Accomodating Amblyopia & the GAC

The first thing that I did when we got into the parks was go to the guest relations and talk to a Disney cast member. My son has Autism, so we needed to get him a Guest Assistance Card which allows for some accommodations throughout the park (entrance through handicap queue instead of the main queue, etc) and use special viewing areas for parades, etc. Since we had been coming in off of a bus, my daughter was still patching and I told him about her vision and Amblyopia and my concerns. He wrote me out a Guest Assistance Card for my daughter also in case our party split up (so we'd have a card for each child) and stamped the card so that we could use alternate entrances to attractions, have priority seating in front of rides/shows, and access into the handicap viewing area for parades. If we had been using a stroller, he said that he could also stamp it for using the stroller like a wheelchair and to be able to use that in queues.

When traveling with your special needs child at Disney - be it vision issues, autism, other any other special needs the best thing you can do is simply go to the guest relations center and talk to them about what you need. If they can help make your trip easier, more enjoyable, and more accessible they will. I want to include that they have assistance for those who are visually impaired including braille maps and pre-recorded audio tours as well. For more information visit the Walt Disney World website info for Guests with Disabilities. For information specifically geared to guests with Visual Disabilities

I also recommend the disABILITIES forum at DisBoards.com for a wealth of information from experienced Disney travelers. Read the FAQ, first - as most questions are answered here.

I'm very thankful for the accomodations that Disney made for my daughter. The biggest time that the GAC came into play for my daughter was at the shows - she was able to sit up front where she was able to see better. Because she is extremely farsighted, this was a huge help for her.

Belle enjoying the Beauty & the Beast show at Hollywood Studios from a front row.

1 comment:

  1. I haven't think before about asking for special acomodation for Ambliopya. That's a good tip.

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