When dealing with anyone with a disability of any kind this topic is always brought up of should and how do you accommodate a person with a disability to give them a shot at being successful.
Definition of accommodation(I like to use definitions a lot)-the process of adapting or adjusting to someone or something
First thing I noticed in the definition brought up using a simple web search, is that the definition does not specify easier. It just says adapting or adjusting to someone or something. So lets know use this definition with the Autism population.
The Autism population needs several accommodations to have the ability to succeed. But what are they? This would be like a special education classroom that has less students to teacher ratio to provide more direct instruction. This would be like going to certain therapies daily to help with the many behavior, fine/gross motor skills, and language issues that may or may not come with a child's diagnosis. This would be like having head phones, sunglasses, or chew toys that help with the many sensory issues that may or may not come with the diagnosis. But let me be clear unless there is a clear issue(diagnosed by a medical doctor) that completely disrupts handwriting or speech, electronics need to be minimized as much as possible. Its easy to give someone on the Spectrum a electronic device and put them in the corner and be done with whatever issue they maybe experiencing, rather then put work and effort into trying to teach them basic skills.
Electronics do not teach someone how to communicate but rather just simple cause and effect. Like if I press this button this will happen, well what if the desired effect stops from happening what will happen? Probably just repetitive touching of the button till desired effect happens. They also may help with writing deficiencies, but hinder fine motor skill. Writing can increase fine motor skills and can help with future tasks such as driving and shaving, plus many more. However I see and hear time and time again to just give a kid on the Spectrum some electronic device. Thus why I am writing this post is because of a discussion I was a part of involving some kid with handwriting skills.
What do you think this tells that kid? Do you think they will want to face adversity and become a better person for it? What would you do if someone saw a deficit of yours and not only pointed it out for the world to see, but told you it was okay for you since your not going anywhere in life?
Mark Fleming- Person on the Autism Spectrum