Autistic Suggestion: A Quiet Room at the E.R. Required

I just read about a sensory-driven meltdown experienced in the Emergency Room at a local hospital. The autistic person did it as a last resort, the experience you can read about here. This is one of the many reasons why autistic people often put off lifesaving care, even to the point of death.

What can we do to solve this problem? Why not make quiet rooms law, especially for autistic adults and children? Why don’t we set off a quiet room or space near the E.R. for sensory needs, with a required portion of the hospital budget, for autistic people? Adults? Children? You’re probably dealing with both adults and children at the same time. I know this is also a time of shortages in staffing and money. But since we are literally losing lives, (and I do NOT throw the word literally around the way others do), I think it is a necessity in our cases. Do you want another person to die on your watch? Aren’t you tired of people dying of preventable causes? Well, if we don’t do something about it in our hospital budgets, we will see more autistic people die of preventable causes.

I hope this becomes a wake-up call concerning the welfare of autistic people, from white to black, from men to women, from the cradle to the grave. And rich people, if you think your money protects your autistic relatives from this reality, think again.

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Autistic woman in her 40s, bringing attention to issues that affect her and her kind.

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