Pulitzer prize-winning journalist and author Ron Suskind wrote about his son’s fascination with Disney movies in his book, Life, Animated. Suskind describes how he used dialogue from these classic movies, particularly the Disney sidekicks, to communicate and ultimately reconnect with his autistic son. That story appeared in the New York Times Magazine in 2014. You can read it here: Reaching My Autistic Son Through Disney.
The article prompted creation of Animating Owen, a short film by Academy Award-winning filmmaker, Roger Ross Williams.
For those considering a visit to the Orlando theme park, you may wish to consult Planning a Trip to Disney for a Child with Disabilities or Medical Needs. The guide provides information on the types of accommodations and services Disney provides for each type of disability such as:
- Cognitive Disabilities
- Visual Disabilities
- Behavioral (ADD/ADHD)
- Health (Diabetes)
There is also updated information about the Disability Access Service pass, and the required steps to obtain one.