To whomever it may concern (although it sure doesn’t seem that United Airlines is concerned),
I cannot even describe to you the feelings of raw sadness, shock, and infuriation that I feel after reading the story and watching the video from the United Airlines flight where an autistic child and her family were kicked off of a plane over a small incident that could have been easily avoided with some understanding and tact. April was autism awareness month, for crying out loud. After reading this shameful article and watching the news clips, I sure don’t feel like the people at United are very aware.
Do you realize the stigma you put on our community when you make discriminatory choices like this? Do you realize you are just adding to a plate that is already full? I understand you are most likely uneducated where autism is concerned, but considering the autism rates are 1 in 68 children, don’t you think you should start to learn about the needs of your passengers? I can guarantee you have employees with autistic family members.
As an active autism advocate, I will most definitely be encouraging people in the autism community to fly with other airlines in the future. I really hope you reconsider your decision to refrain from issuing an apology to this poor family. It’s not only sad for them but also a huge insult and a slap in the face to the other countless autism/special needs families who count on you.
We deserve better.
To those who would like to call United their number is (800) 864-8331 Here is their feedback form on their website.
When we were at the radio station this year recording my autism awareness PSA I got the opportunity to get Bug on the mic so I could get a picture of the sound wave of him telling me ‘I love you’. I got it tattooed on me recently. I waited for so long to hear those sweet words. This tattoo means everything to me. I want to give a huge shout out to my friend Justin Crawford of Hard Knox Tattoos (Ohio). He does beautiful work!!!
If ya like me click the image below to send a vote my way. Takes 2 seconds. Really!! No lyin’! :)
New in the shop!! I am sooooo flippin’ excited about my “I must be a mermaid” coffee mugs! I hope you love them as much as I do!!
I always tell my son that people are a lot like crystals. The ‘perfect’ ones are never quite as interesting. The cracks in us are much like the cracks in a crystal..to some, they may be a ‘flaw’ but to others, they see that those cracks reflect the sunlight. A perfectly unique beauty of their own
I write. I create. I ponder. I feel. I see…what so many don’t. I love. I wonder. I study. I feel. I indulge. I gain understanding. I reflect. I FEEL. I express……I shatter into pieces.
I collect. I feel. I rebuild. I start fresh and clean. I feel. I love.
I write. I create. I ponder.
Take my hand, my little shining star. I promise you it’s gonna be ok.
We’ll brave this big scary world together, even if I don’t always know the right way.
I’ll be here for you, my sweet joy of life. You’re my perfect beam of light.
Forever and ever, my precious one. I’ll love you with every ounce of my might.
Unconditionally is the way you are loved, I just hope that one day you’ll see.
You are so very special, my beautiful child. You are everything to me.
I am so happy to tell ya’ll, I was invited back to WMVO this year to write and record another autism awareness PSA!!!!
Please share on all your social media. It’s a very important message that needs to be heard.