As a former BYU Alumni now living in Walt Disney World's backyard, I can
truly attest for the impact Disney has had on my two autistic children. For my
less-challenged teenage daughter, it is a place for her to find independence as
she goes off to Japan alone to write in her journal while we're at Epcot.
For my younger son with more difficult challenges, it is a father and son
bonding, where we explore horse-drawn trolleys on Main Street, giraffes and
elephants at Disney's Animal Kingdom, dinosaurs in Epcot, and snakes at The
Great Movie Ride in Disney's Hollywood Studios (why does it have to be
snakes, he says). They don't embrace everything (love the fireworks but not
the noise), but what they find, they embrace genuinely with joy. It is a moment
in paradise where our family comes together. When I'm out in Disneyland and
I see so many Utahn's enjoying the park, I see something pretty similar.
Let's encourage Disney to prepare films in the tradition and values fof the
past. Some of their new films do not encourage acceptable behavior for autistic
(or other) children.