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Hi Folks,

It's Adventure Girl back for another blog entry. Today I survived the last day of Disney magic at the Magic Kingdom theme park. We had a buffet breakfast at the Grand Floridian Resort & Spa but I made a mess with it. I absolutely don't like it when things get too loud, NOT A GOOD MOVE! That's because I'm not the only one on the autism spectrum in the room.


I got to meet the characters at every theme park I went to. The things that I learned during my trip were to try new things and to deal with having many ups and downs. I'll try to be resilient more often. Before we left the park we were on the Pirates of the Caribbean ride which got delayed. I know how to be flexible and tried my best not to get upset.

After packing up we ate dinner and saw a jazz musician at a local bar. Did any one like the Celebrate Today Parade?

As we get ready for tomorrow I know I'll be sad about leaving Florida, but happy to see my mom in frigid NYC at the airport.

I can't wait to find out what the next trip will be because I'm going to miss all the rides I went on during my weeklong vacation. Here comes the plane ride back home. I hope my story will help other families of those with special needs both mentally, physically and emotionally. Until next time, au revoir mon ami!
Best Wishes
Melanie, aka Adventure Girl XOXO

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Tags: Autism; Education; Independant Living; Person Centered; Recreation

Hi Folks,
Adventure Girl here writing from the sunshine state. With my vacation winding down here's what I did today: We started off by hitting the pool and the jacuzzi. Almost everyone made a splash there. I played a brief game of "notable quotables," naming famous lines from classic Disney films. Then we went to Epcot. We did everything from going on future world rides to  browsing many different countries in the World Showcase before having dinner.

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I met Mexican Donald Duck at the Mexican section where we also had dinner. I can't believe I embarked on a culinary adventure while hoping the food wasn't spicy. And by the end of the day there was a nighttime spectacular titled "Illuminations: Reflections of Earth". All of the fireworks were glorious, but they also were killing me! UGH! And I was screaming loud with each burst. Do you think that this also affects others with autism and disabilities? I would hope so because then that would mean I'm not the only one.

Next week marks the one-year anniversary of my dad's passing. Because he lived a long life with bone cancer, I was lucky to have him for 26 years. Who can replace Compton Martin, when he's with god's angels? It sometimes makes me sad but we all have to move on.

I can't wait to head back to New York to see my mom at JFK airport. Wonder what she's thinking of having some me time away from each other? I know New York will be very cold once we land there. I'm going to miss traveling with Sarah and others on our Leisure Trax trip. Who knows when I'll be back on the next trip.

Until then Au Revoir, Mon Ami! (XOXO)
Best Wishes, 
Melanie Martin aka Adventure Girl

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Tags: Autism; Education; Person Centered; Recreation

Hi Folks!

It's Adventure Girl, writing from Florida's Disney World. Today we finished day 4 of our trip. We went went on the rides in future world to doing 'global business' at the World Showcase in Ecpot. We also had time to do some shopping right before having dinner with characters at the Garden Grill.


But in NYC it's still snowing! Florida's weather is absolutely different from ours. Tomorrow we're heading to Hollywood Studios, bringing movie stars and glamour to life. I want to participate in everything. But until then we are caught up in  Super Bowl 47 and there's a blackout! Will the Ravens win? When will all this end? The Ravens are winning 28-6, but it's not over.

Until tomorrow, au revoir!

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