Royal Caribbean is riding high on the waves after a leading travel organization distinguished it as the first official autism-friendly cruise line. The announcement is the latest acknowledgement of a growing number of autism-friendly travel offerings industry wide.
“When you think about accessibility on a cruise line, you often think about physical, visual and hearing disabilities,” said Ron Pettit, manager of ADA and Accessibility Compliance for Royal Caribbean International. “But we want to make sure we are offering services to all of our guests. When we noticed a trend a while back with land-based hotels and movie theaters offering more autism-friendly programs, we immediately wondered, ‘well, what can we do about this here?'”
Since then the company has been working to incorporate programs and amenities that follow guidelines provided by Autism on the Seas, the leading travel organization catering to vacationers with autism and other developmental disabilities.
“Anyone involved in dementia care, either personally or professionally, will benefit from sharing Tom’s experiences.”
12:12pm Thursday 27th February 2014 in News By Joshua Barrie
Tom Wearden with wife Margaret last year
Chartered engineer Tom Wearden, 83, said he hasn’t had a “meaningful conversation” with other half Margaret for over 10 years.
Mr Wearden’s book, Front Line Alzheimer’s, is an account of his life providing 24-hour care and has medical professionals and social workers in mind.
The writer said he wants to show the hope and fulfilment he’s enjoyed looking after the love of his life – in an otherwise “harrowing” situation.
He said: “I hope that these notes about my experiences as a 24/7 carer for Margaret help to explain what real life is like for many family carers who spend most of their time at the front line.”