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Our Mission is to enrich the lives of families with autism and other developmental disabilities by providing the support required for family bonding, stress relief opportunities, reducing disability travel related barriers, and increasing public empathy through our financial assistance programs that help provide community support systems, travel subsidies, professional staffing services, quality of life research, and professional consultation and training to the travel industry.
The Autism on the Seas Foundation (AotSF) was born from the understanding of the tremendous financial impact that having a child with special needs has on families. Statistics show that caregivers of children and adults with special needs spend on average $20,000 more per year caring for their loved ones than families with typically developing members. Based on the feedback we get from families that travel with us, we know the value and benefit that taking vacations has for these families, both individually and collectively. Unfortunately, due to the financial strains on many of these families, a vacation is not a realistic consideration and in some cases is financially impossible.
The main objective of AotSF is to provide financial assistance for families to vacation with Autism on the Seas. We intend to achieve that objective by both individual fundraising and attracting corporate financial backing in order to sponsor as many families as possible annually.
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