“We recognise that all of us are equal even if we are differently abled.” Everyone is different in their own ways we have to respect difference and be capable of love, respect and kindness to people around us.
In a Facebook post I chanced upon on 27 Jan, the father of an autistic daughter decided to let her order and wait for her food independently (the father will usually queue for her). The daughter returned to her father at the table not knowing what to do after she ordered her food. Her father brought her back to the stall (Pasta Risotto) and asked the uncle how long do they have to wait and explained to the uncle that his daughter has autism and he needs to give her hints and tips. The stall uncle from Pasta Risotto then offered to deliver the food to their table despite the peak hours and the stall is busy. Her father rejected the offer as he felt that inclusiveness in society is at two way traffic, and felt that everyone must understand others situation and not just expecting others to accommodate us. The stall owner later checked on her and her family to see if everything was alright, and the father brought his daughter to thank the Uncle before leaving.
Sometimes, all we need is a little bit of understanding and compassion, so that the special needs community can be fully included, valued and celebrated in our country.
Kudos to the Uncle from Pasta Risotto! Below is the actual post.
Went to Old Airport hawker centre for dinner last night. Ling ordered Bolognese spaghetti from the stall in the…
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Went to Old Airport hawker centre for dinner last night. Ling ordered Bolognese spaghetti from the stall in the photo.
As the stall was self service, I decided to let Ling order and wait for her order (I usually will Q for her after ordered). The stall was pretty busy and Ling was totally lost after ordered. She walk towards me and asked ,” What now?”
So, I walk back to the stall with Ling and ask the stall uncle “不好意思，请问要等多久？我的女儿是自闭儿，我要给她提示.”
The stall uncle was very nice and offered to deliver the food. I thanked him but I would prefer Ling to learn independent by waiting at the stall.
Ling finally came back with her spaghetti. The uncle also pop by to check if everything ok. After the meal, we got Ling to say thanks to Uncle for taking care of her.
I always believe inclusive is a two ways traffic. We must understand others situation and not just expecting others to accommodate us. That’s why I insisted Ling to wait for her food and not for uncle to deliver.
Thank you uncle for being so patient with us as it was never easy to dine out when you have special needs children.
Let’s move towards an inclusive society where no one will be left behind.