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Jerry Manning

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Review for Buddy Cruise Inc, Lithia, FL, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

My 36 year old son has Down syndrome. Prior to his first Buddy Cruise in 2008, he was very hesitant to travel with us (my wife and I are retired). He enjoyed the cruise so much that he has since travelled with us to 36 countries. The travel on the Buddy Cruise is not the main attraction, it is the opportunity to meet with others who are in the same "boat", so to speak. The 2017 cruise will be our 4th. We are both on the Steering Committee of our local Special Olympics and the timing sometimes conflicts with the Buddy Cruise. He looks forward to this event every year.

Role:  General Member of the Public

Review for Buddy Cruise Inc, Lithia, FL, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

I have been on two Buddy Cruises with my 30 year old son, who has Down Syndrome. It was a great opportunity to meet others in the same situation. My son and I both made new friends and had some nice trips. Patrick has travelled extensively with his mother and me. The Buddy Cruises were a good way for him to meet some peers. It was a good opportunity for me to meet some of the other parents and speakers to know that we are not alone.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

My son was able to meet and interact with peers in various age groups. Helped to broaden his horizons. It also gave me access to information I did not know or had forgotten.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

No suggestions.

Role:  General Member of the Public & Met other parents and children with Down syndrome and exchanged viewpoints.