The Disney-owned amusement park’s parent portal recently added two new parental controls: a focus parent portal and a parental controls page for parents who have a child with a disability.
The focus parent page lets parents set up filters for parents of children with special needs, including for autism spectrum disorder and ADD/ADHD, as well as other special needs.
“This is great news for parents with special kids,” Disney Parks Blog Senior Director of Operations, Jeff Bensinger, told The Huffington Post.
“It will help ensure that their special needs child is getting the attention they need and that they get the best possible experience for their kids.”
The focus page also includes a list of special needs-specific content, such as a list with suggestions for activities for kids with disabilities.
The parents can then tap the menu to choose the specific content that they want to share, such an app or app-specific information.
“With the focus parent site, you can set up filter controls to let parents of special kids know what to expect, what to share and what not to share,” Benslinger continued.
“That way, they can make the best decision possible when it comes to how they share their special kids with their kids, and that includes sharing with their families and loved ones.”
I think it’s really important for parents to know what’s going on with their children’s needs and to have a conversation with their child’s doctor or pediatrician before they put together the appropriate special needs accommodations.
It’s important for children to have the opportunity to be with people who are like their peers and are not just a ‘special kid’ or a ‘different kid.’
“According to Disney Parks, the parents are able to customize the content by setting up their own preferences for how their child can interact with the interactive content.
Bensinger told HuffPost that the new parental control page is one of the many features that the company is working on to help parents manage their kids’ needs.
The new parental page will be available to all parents starting this weekend.