Happy April! Happy Autism Awareness Month!
I’ve gathered some of my Disney-loving friends to share guest posts about Autism Awareness and Disney, which I’ll be sharing throughout the month of April.
This post was submitted by Michelle Young, co-host of The Disney Dream Girls podcast.
When my son, Ciarán, was diagnosed (officially), it was a kind of relief to have a label to describe his issues and in turn this then enabled him to get the support he needed.
Many people make the assumption that because he has this label he is in a special school or he has a special talent, like Dustin Hoffman’s portrayal of Raymond in Rain Man. This is miles away from the truth. He is in mainstream school; he is in the top 10% of his class – bright but not overtly gifted. His difficulties are mainly with interaction with others, having unusual reactions to noises, crowds, pain and food amongst others. One trait he does have is obsessions! As a baby, it was Thomas the Tank Engine, now it is Doctor Who.
He is now aged 15, and his school has harnessed his drawing talents to create a poster for autism awareness across the school, which I would like to share with you.
Ciarán has inherited my Disney obsession, despite living in the UK; together we have been fortunate to visit both US Disney parks. Thanks to the accommodations we were able to arrange, he was able to access everything and despite the occasional meltdown, we had an amazing time.
I would like to thank Kathy for giving me the opportunity to support Autism Awareness. When I’m not enthusing about Disney, I can be found on my podcast, The Disney Dream Girls where we enthuse about the food, attractions and fun to be had in the Disney theme parks.
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Thank you, Michelle! You can listen to a recent podcast episode with Michelle and Ciaran here > Disneyland Trip Report with Aspergers and ADHD
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