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Posted by Leslie on November 28, 2000 at 14:43:41:

I just caught the end of it. I think it was called "The Hijacking of Bus 17". It was about a bus of special needs children which was hijacked. It really made me think how much our children thrive on routines. One child (obviously with autism) kept repeating "I have to go to school." The bus was on a wild goose chase, however.

I began to think about how my son would react in the same situation. I can hear him screaming. "No! This way!"
I realize that this is very unlikely to happen but it was based on a true story. I started thinking about what would happen if I were ever in an accident and my son was unharmed. He would freak out if I couldn't talk to him. Who would take over my role? Some strange police officer? How long would it take police to track down family members to assist him if I were injured?
I think that we all should consider keeping Emergency Contact Cards in our wallets and glove compartments. We could state that the child has autism and needs immediate assistance from his grandmother etc. Also we could mention the strict diets that many of our kids are on. A friend of mine is working on a "Web Id" idea for this. I thought the idea was a bit extreme when I first heard it, but now I'm convinced that a little forethought could make a big difference to our special kids.

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