This is not a new story… we’ve all heard about a child with autism being kicked out of a public place for bringing their service dog. But the reason we are bringing this to your attention is because we feel it brings to light another, less publicized issue.
Because children with autism do not “look” like they have a disability the children and parents are often discriminated against, misunderstood, and judged way too harshly. In many ways, autism is an “invisible disability.”
For example, when a child with autism has a “melt down” in a store, the parent has to endure unbelievable ignorance. It is assumed that the child is a”spoiled brat” and that the parents don’t know how to discipline or control their child. People sling insults and feel free to offer their unsolicited advice saying that the child just needs a “good whooping” to take care of the problem.
Do you agree that when a child is in a wheel chair or has some sort of physical features identifying their disability, people are not as judgmental and are much more welcoming? We doubt that a child in a wheelchair who brought a service dog to that same store would have been turned away (regardless of the store’s “no dog” policy) – TWICE.