For most parents their kids will go to their local school, certainly where we live its an approximately 3 minute walk from my house. Biggest nightmare is that it’s raining or that you have to carry a scooter.
For us it’s really stressful. Reilly gets transport to school so has a driver and an escort. We’ve had a few over the last few years and the most recent escort we are really comfortable with. Reilly likes him which is huge.
When your child is non verbal or doesn’t communicate trust is an enormous issue. I’ve written before about leaving no stone unturned while investigating drivers and escorts before meeting Reilly. Checking social media, local online news etc (I’m not kidding). Ive probably snooped on their cousins boss at one point looking for anything that could set alarm bells ringing.
There is currently no legal requirement for the escorts (or drivers) to know anything about autism. It is a recommendation but not a requirement. This doesn’t sit well. A meltdown can be terrifying for the child but also the person responsible, surely to have some awareness of what may cause one and how to help during one would be beneficial for all parties? So many potential triggers that you wouldn’t dream of in a taxi – air fresheners, radio, other kids, seating positions etc.
This morning I heard the words I have been dreading. “Hi Chris just to let you know tomorrow is my last shift”.
Shit, I’m gutted. I’m so stressed. Reilly may love the next person, he may hate them. Who are they? I have no idea and its terrifying.
I created this petition recently and would be really grateful if you could sign it and share it. Having taxi companies taking part in an awareness session as part of the terms of a councils tender would be incredible.