There is news from the US of a Autistic teen and her family who was escorted off a United Airlines flight by paramedics because the pilot was allegedly afraid of flying with an Autistic passenger on board, after her family made a couple relatively minor requests for hot food for the teenager. The teen’s mother is pushing to file a lawsuit against the airline.

Actions such as this taken by United Airlines may be a violation of the rights of Disabled citizens to travel freely. Violation of such rights should not be accepted in a free and equal society.  This incident also highlights the need of higher quality education around Autism Spectrum Disorders in our society, and this education needs to be informed by Autistic people ourselves

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