Happy 60th birthday, Disneyland! Here's 10 ways Disney helps fight autism

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  • Jeff Kober Orlando, FL
    Aug. 3, 2014 6:03 p.m.

    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.

  • BrentBot Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 1, 2014 3:24 p.m.

    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.