I’m thrilled to be on Kathy’s
blog today. I’ve known Kathy online for
over five years, and am thrilled to be here.
You can usually find me at Walt Disney World: it’s Not Just for Kids where I blog about being an adult Disney fan. I recently posted a rant on my blog about
adult Disney fans and those adults who have autism. Kathy saw it, and asked me to expand in a guest post. My post will
have three parts-I will suggest that you be understanding, empathetic, and pro-active.
In a way, I think that
Kathy’s blog is a great place to post this post.Not only do I consider her to be a great WDW
autism guru, but as I’ve known her both her kids have gotten older.It seems to me that while there is at least a
peripheral bit of autism awareness among the general public for children, it’s
not there as much for adults.I have
contemporaries who have autism, many may be Disney fans.If you are a person, or travel with a person,
whose diagnosis is on the autism spectrum, you are fortunate that there are
many resources to help you with your trip.However, if you are not traveling with a person who has autism, you
should try to be understanding and non-judgmental toward people who seems to be
behaving differently (wearing hunting earmuffs, repeating something over and
over again).Alternately, may I implore
that you not judge (or make snarky comments) towards people who seem “fine” or
“normal,” but have guest access passes or wheelchairs?
Try putting yourself in
another person’s shoes. Here’s one way
to do that - food. Many people who have
autism diagnoses eat a gluten-free diet.
When you are in a store at WDW, look over and check out the gluten-free
options. On one hand, WDW is awesome at
gluten-free options. On the other hand,
imagine being limited to the gluten-free options: no crispy rice Mickey heads for you.
I am going to go out on a
limb and suggest that if you’re reading this post, you might have a touch too
much Disney vacation knowledge. So share
it! Tell someone you think could use it
about Guest Access Passes, chewelry, or whatever you think could help.
In conclusion, I ask that you
be understanding and caring towards your fellow visitors.
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