Schinner said “Mouse Ears for Everyone” is the best tool to make the information available in a comprehensive way.
“Originally the book was just going to focus on Autism, but so many people with Autism Spectrum Disorder need wheel chairs, gluten free foods, have seizure disorders and service animals, that it didn’t require too much more to make it a more encompassing book,” she said.
Schinner said she started working on the project around four years ago, and there have been a few stops and starts along the way, especially when Disney Parks changed most of their policies concerning access in the parks.
The book had various sections dealing with accessibility, sensory issues, dietary needs, emotional health, medical concerns, visual and hearing impaired as well as developmental disabilities. It’s organized in a similar fashion to many Disney guides. There are chapters for choosing a hotel, preparing for the trip, traveling and a chapter for each park.
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Through all of them, Schinner weaves the needs of people with special needs in throughout the book.
“For example, I review each hotel but I use a lens for accessibility, sensory needs, etc.,” she said. “The same is true for all of the attractions and most of the restaurants. Then I also have a very detailed special needs chapter.”
Although there is much more to a visit to Disney World than just the lines, it’s an important issue for many and the book explains how park policies work to help those families.
“I think people would be surprised at how welcome service dogs and emotional support animals are in the parks,” she said. “They can even ride many of the rides, although they have to skip Space Mountain. You just need to have the certified paperwork.”
Schinner said “Mouse Ears for Everyone” was an important book for her to write.
“I am asked all the time how we manage to travel and especially, how do we do Disney?” she said. “It does require planning, probably more than most vacations, but if you know what accommodations are available, and how to navigate it all, it can not only be done, but you can have a wonderful time.”
She’s been touched by all the comments received since the book’s February release.
“Families have been waiting for this information for quite a while,” she said. “I was thrilled to have likes and shares from all over the country.”