Presenting a VIDEO Social Story about Disney's DAS
Monday, October 14, 2013
Several weeks ago I wrote about how much Billy was enjoying the
Disney-related videos on my friend John Saccheri’s YouTube channel,
Bigfatpanda.com. Other Disney moms with kids on the spectrum told me that their
children found these videos particularly engaging, too, and so I invited John
to be my guest on the Special Mouse podcast. We had a lovely conversation about
Disney, Autism, Give Kids the World and more in A Visit from the Big Fat Panda.
So, when I came up with the idea to create a video social
story that would help children with ASD better understand and cope with the
change from the Guest Assistance Card (GAC) to the Disability Access System (DAS),
there was no question as to whom I would approach for help.
John and I agreed to meet in the Magic Kingdom on the first
day of implementation of the first day of the DAS implementation. Aunesty
Janssen from Temporarytourist.com graciously agreed to let John film her family
as they went about obtaining the DAS from Guest Relations and then utilizing it
in the park. I wrote a simple social story script about the procedure and John
did a magnificent job editing the recording to the script.
On behalf of John, Aunesty and myself, I hope that you will
find this video social story helpful as your family adjusts to the new system.
All the best,
DAS Social Story
something new at Disney that will help me to have fun. It is called the DAS
To get the
DAS card we visit Guest Relations. The Cast Members at Guest Relations are
there to help us.
My Mom or
Dad or the person helping me will ask a Cast Member for the DAS card. The Cast
Member will ask my Mom or Dad some questions about me.
I will try
to stay quiet while they are talking. If I am quiet my Mom or Dad will be so
proud of me.
Cast Member will take my picture. I will try to stay still when my picture is
Now I have a
special card with my picture on it.
there is a long line of people waiting for a ride that I want to do or a show
that I want to see.
I must wait
for my turn. Waiting can be hard.
My Mom or
Dad will give the Cast Member my DAS card. He or she will write something on
the back of the card. It is the time that we can come back to ride.
time is up we will come back to enjoy the ride or see the show.
I will try
to be patient while I wait for my turn to ride. This is a good idea.
many things that I can do while waiting for my turn.
I can have a
snack. I can play a game. I can use the restroom. I can listen to music.
Mom or Dad
will be happy if I wait quietly for my turn.
When it is
time for my turn, we will come back to the ride and get in the shorter line. It
is good to be in the shorter line.
Soon I will get to ride or see the show and I will feel happy.
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