April after April, the world is slowly learning more about autism, and knowledge promotes change. Each time even one classroom or business evolves to be more accessible for autistic individuals, society inches away from accommodation and toward inclusion.
I believe in my son’s lifetime; I can stop worrying about how to prepare him for the world because the world will have caught up. One day, instead of my son having to attend a school for autistic children, every classroom in every school across the country will be equipped to fill his needs. One day, he’ll be able to play baseball rather than attend therapy because his coach will have the necessary training to teach him the social skills he’s lacking. One day, I won’t have to check ahead because every shopping mall, airport, and theme park will feature a sensory-friendly quiet room where he can self-regulate. One day, I hope—I believe—that World Autism Day will be every day because the world belongs to everyone.