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Dr. Wendy Ross; Autism Hero

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The friendly skies have gotten a lot friendlier for children with autism and their families – thanks to pediatrician Dr. Wendy Ross.

Working valiantly to open up new vistas for her patients and their families she has created a nonprofit organization called Autism Inclusion Resources or AIR. Through teaching others to deal with autism she has enabled hundreds with solutions in navigating social situations such as sporting events, museum visits and airport travel.

This brain disorder causes a greater sensitivity to outside stimulation. Lights, music, crowds or groups of people can be difficult. This, in turn, can lead to feelings of anxiety that can be challenging to anticipate or control.

The heroic Dr. Ross tenaciously searched for a solution that she then shared with the airlines. This program simulates travel from beginning to end so the child can build on the familiar instead of the unknown. After teaching airlines how to empower autistic children she moved on to sports arenas, zoo’s and theme parks.

“If you start taking steps outside of your door, your world gets bigger and bigger,” said Ross. “We just want people to have opportunities.”

RealGoodNews gives a ‘two thumbs up’ to Dr. Ross and to all of those who work with her making life a more wonderful place for such courageous people.

You can find out more about this wonderful program by visiting the AIR website or clicking on the Facebook link.

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