AUTISM. A word small word that can have such a tremendous impact on life. With 1 in 68 children now being diagnosed with Autism, each child is a completely unique individual.
While many characteristics are mirrored, no two experiences are exactly the same. I wouldn’t change my son with Autism, but sometimes, I certainly wish I could change the world that we live in to be more accommodating and accepting.
Together, he and I have created what a perfect world would be like for someone with Autism…through his eyes and mine.
Buildings would have fewer and less noisy fire alarms.
There would be no such thing as bullies.
Zero-tolerance policies for bullying would actually be enforced - to the utmost degree.
There would be more sensory-friendly activities to participate in.
There would be more video games available for and geared towards individuals with Autism.
There would be a texture-free food that is packed with vitamins and tastes just like vanilla ice cream. It would be served in every restaurant and sold in grocery stores all over the globe!
All automatic doors would open only by a switch that you control, and they would only close when you again hit the switch. No doors would open or close too fast…they would all operate slowly.
At sporting events, air horns would not be permitted to signal the start of the event. They would be replaced with a quieter alternative.
Headphones or earplugs would be acceptable accessories, anytime. People wouldn’t judge or stare because someone wears them out in public.
Educational films to enlighten the public about Autism would be shown in movie theatres everywhere for FREE.
There would be meeting facilities in every town where kids and adults on the Autism Spectrum could interact. There would be video games to play there and everyone would accept each other.
Everyone would be treated as a best friend.
People wouldn’t judge or form an opinion of others, based on a diagnosis. They wouldn’t assume that someone is any less of a person because of their disorder.
Wonderful schools would exist and be easily accessible to individuals with Autism. These schools would have massive sensory rooms, trampolines and flexible schedules. There would be long periods for recess. Learning would be facilitated with computers and iPads. Any person of any age, at any place on the Autism Spectrum would be invited to attend.
Therapies would be more affordable so that no one would have to go without them. The excruciating waiting periods for them would disappear.
Twenty-one years of age would no longer be the cut-off for individuals with Autism to receive services. Autism does not magically vanish at 21, so the beneficial schooling and services shouldn’t either.
These ideals would make for a more perfect world….to an eleven year boy on the Autism Spectrum, and his Mom.
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