America has made great progress with regard to disabilities in general and Autism specifically, but after twenty years on this journey, it would be unwise to be satisfied.
I wonder when the empathy will become action, the kind of action that comprehensively improves the quality of life for everyone with disabilities. This is the important work ahead, and we must begin before we experience the inevitable explosion of adults with Autism.
I believe social stories must move from physical to digital, so we can take advantage of the treasure trove of rich media accessible through digital devices. Developing dynamic digital social stories is an essential key to a future with successful inclusion.
The one disappointment I have had since Digital Scribbler launched Quick Talk AAC is the lack of a great social stories app.
Decades later I realize there are tornadoes of many kinds, each with their own ability to create stress. For those of us who are parents of special needs children stress comes like tornadoes.
Inclusion prevents dehumanization. When a group is included they become real to the mainstream population. What makes them real is the creation of physical, emotional, and intellectual ties or connections.