Posted Thursday, August 28, 2014 11:07 AM | Contributed by Jeff
Plaintiffs in a lawsuit against Walt Disney Parks and Resorts want to expand their legal dispute against the entertainment giant over the way it treats its guests with autism. The attorneys in the case want to amend their original lawsuit to add 69 more plaintiffs to the more than two dozen who already are part of the suit against Disney.
Read more from The Orlando Sentinel.
This suit just annoys the piss out of me, because it's not about the kids with autism, it's about the expectation of the parents. Disney's solution is 100% manageable if you work it right. Your kid won't be standing in line for long periods of time, and you just don't tell him it's coming in advance when you get the return time.
I generally reserve judgment, because I know families can have an awful time (we had a meltdown for other reasons last weekend at Magic Kingdom), but this is total nonsense.
I've got an autism spectrum disorder and I don't know what to think of this. I never really cared for Disney to begin with. I don't feel like I am owed front of the line privileges because I'm autistic. Sure, I hate waiting in lines but I never got a "meltdown" from it.
That's because you're an adult. You can have no use for a social contract, but as an adult you can roll with it. That's not the case with young kids. Sometimes it's not even a social construct that's at issue, it's just the mechanical world we live in. My kid melted into a heap of tears when Pooh broke down once. It wasn't an issue of entitlement or being spoiled, he just couldn't reconcile that something broken stops the ride. Not being able to process logical inputs into an understood conclusion is difficult to deal with.
But whatever, that's not the point here. Disney has effectively abstracted away the concept of waiting, so the ASD kid doesn't need to even know it's there. You don't have to be a super parent to understand that opportunity.
The disability didn't go away because I reached a certain age, I know you weren't implying that. You were just saying that I didn't feel entitlement because of my age, which is true. And I have "snapped" many times before, just not in a public place. The main impact it caused on me is some difficulty socializing. Alot of my socializing is done on message boards such as these. I only got a small group of friends. I'm currently self-employed because I don't work well around other people. My case isn't too severe, I was able to go to a normal public school and graduate from college. Many people I know never knew I was autistic until I told them. You couldn't tell just by looking at me. I'm not trying to derail this topic, I was just giving a little insight since I'm directly affected by the disability in this topic.
I'm on the spectrum, too, but I think I agree with Jeff here. I had to learn over the years how to adapt and interact with the normally-abled. I may have the advantage over Thabto in years, though. I don't want to say what president was in office when I was born, but his initials were JFK :-)
That said, I do prefer to socialize online via sites like CoasterBuzz and email and such.
Disney has done a great job of finding the balance here.Last edited by slithernoggin, Thursday, August 28, 2014 4:35 PM
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