Autism is an "invisible" disability and as such it is important for children with autism to have proper identification to help both families and businesses feel more comfortable and welcome in public places. Once other people are aware of an individual's disability, the more understanding and helpful they become.
For children with autism spectrum disorders, opportunity, consistency and repetition are the keys to learning to become acclimated to a new environment. Because generalization is difficult, a child with autism will need to spend time and explore each new environment and learn how to adjust. If wearing appropriate identification helps individuals with autism and their families gain a sense of understanding and support in the community, they can become less isolated and more independent. This is a win for the families and a win for the businesses.
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