Story time. Three years ago, when we were at this same beach and same condo, we met a family with two kids that we hit it off with. They even live in our local area! Then, go figure, we ended up showing up again at the same place. They are also creatures of habit.
Anyway, this time we are basically spending the whole week at the same time, and it has been wonderful. Their kids are ND, so they treat our kids completely normal - they respect their differences, without othering them. It’s been absolutely wonderful, and a bit uncanny.
I guess life is telling me we really need to be friends, because it brought us together again. And, to see their son ask O to play, just like any typical kid, and not be uncomfortable around him, it means so much.
You can really tell kids who have been raised accepting disability and neurodiversity. It’s honestly not hard to build a society that respects disabled people. But, you need to start with children.
When children are raised around disability, it is just another normal thing for them. True inclusion for disabled people is paramount in changing society for the better. A society that goes “what do you need?” And then says “okay, no problem!”
I love to explain how O communicates to young kids. Because, they go oh yeah, I love my iPad too. It’s not invasive, they see the connection and they get that he understands them. They don’t treat him oddly. It just IS. This is why we need to start young.

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