Marc Carter's 14-year-old son Ben who suffers from severe autism, has drank from this Tommee Tippee cup, and no other Tommee Tippee cup out there, since he was two years old. Since then Marc has grown very concerned that his son is apt to suffer severe consequences of no other cup is found as replacement. Marc said, "People say he will drink when he's thirsty, but two emergency trips to A&E with severe dehydration say otherwise."
In an event for Autism Speaks a very 'Caring Santa' spent time bonding with kids who have autism. Events with a lot of people like the typical mall Santa meet and greet can be especially hard for children with autism. In this event, kids make appointments to avoid waiting in crowded lines. The Santa at this event makes sure to spend as much time is needed to interact with the kids.
This particular Santa in Charlotte, N.C. went the extra mile by laying on the ground just to connect with a nervous little boy. You can see more photos and the full story in the video below:
Lisa Sarber Aldrich went to her local grocery store to get a birthday cake with a personal message. The cake didn't turn out as well as expected, but Aldrich had the chance to make someone's day much better simply by being polite and kind to the person who had helped her. She shared the story below with the image of the cake on Facebook and the feel-good post now has over 90,000 shares.
Picked out a cake at Meijer. Asked bakery-looking-employee if she could write on it for me. She said she would, and after a long time, she came and presented me with this cake. I looked her In the eye and said thank you before I even looked at the cake. After looking, I nervously laughed and headed to check out- it didn't really matter to me that it looked so bad- I thought people would think it was funny. The cashiers at the self check out didn't think it was so funny though, and called a few more cashiers and a manager over to look, even taking pictures. To my surprise, after they discussed it, one cashier put her arm on my shoulder and said "the girl who wrote that has Autism. Thank you for smiling and thanking her- even though she's not supposed to write on cakes, you probably made her day." So I guess the moral of the story is that kindness is important!
Aldrich also shared this quick update addressing a few of the most common comments she received.
1. I am a real person. 2. This is not a Meijer marketing ploy. 3. I never asked for all this publicity, I just wanted...
Florida special ed teacher Chris Ulmer starts every class day in a very unique way.
Before any work starts, Ulmer calls each child up to the front of the classroom and compliments them.
"I love having you in my class. I think you're very funny. You're a great soccer player. Everyone in here loves you," he says at the start of a video posted on Facebook, which has gotten over 20 million views.
Ulmer runs a Facebook page for his class (with parent's permission) and has been trying to get a book published about his students.
Ulmer's Facebook page, Special Books by Special Kids, was created because he has been trying, unsuccessfully, to get a book published about the kids. "I have 50 rejection letters on my fridge to keep me motivated," he said. The book focuses on the story of each of the kids in his classroom and is collaboratively told by the child, his or her parents, and from Ulmer's perspective as their teacher.
He's had the same kids in his class for three years and said that they've "evolved as a family. We have an understanding that comes with time that you don't naturally have."
The movement to bring Julia to life has taken three years, and includes other pieces to the campaign like "The Amazing Song."
"Our goal is to bring forth what all children share in common, not their differences. Children with autism share in the joy of playing and loving and being friends and being part of a group," Dr. Jeanette Betancourt, the senior vice president of community and family engagement at Sesame Workshop, told People magazine.