This story bothers me a lot. I am a parent of a special needs child, and I absolutely have the responsibility to communicate his special needs to the people we come into contact with. I start from the point of view that everyone does their best in how they deal with him.
I don’t expect everyone to understand what Kepler says, nor how they should or should not treat him. If my child were hooked up to serious medical equipment, I would even less expect someone else to know how to handle the situation without my direction.
More than anything, I am seriously triggered by this family’s decision to go to a local television station to air their grievances. From the way the story is reported, Santa held their kid, stood for a picture, did his best, and they apparently left happy.
It’s time for me to put my sweet child with special needs to bed on this Christmas Eve in anticipation of an exciting morning in a few hours. He is VERY excited.
Let there be peace on earth and let it begin with me.