Designated Quiet

I have noticed that there are designated locations for smokers and people who are not kid friendly but no area exists for those who have sensory impairments. I think this should be rectified because all individuals regardless of being Autistic or not will have days where noises are more sensitive on their ears. I know from my own experiences commuting the mass transit system is sometimes a bit much for me to handle. Usually the cars are stock full of noise pollution ranging from Ipod’s booming to loud snorers. I can not take many sounds to begin with but my tolerance for them is significantly lower before my large cup of caffeinated coffee. Today is a perfect example of the point I am trying to make.

This morning I woke up feeling exhausted since I have not yet recovered from the social activities that went on this past weekend. I desperately wanted to stay home but I knew this option was not possible. Eventually, I made it to the train where I hoped to get in a quick nap before my day even started. I also might have had an invisible sign on my back saying I was cranky because of all days everyone chose today to have a parade of obnoxiousness. John Doe mistook the train for an all you can eat breakfast buffet because for an hour I heard crunch, crunch, and crunch. I was so close to saying “You ate more than enough! Give your mouth and my ears a rest already!” The people up in age on the opposite end of the car were either hard of hearing or rude because instead of talking they shouted the entire trip. The last thing people want to hear before work is an in-depth analysis on the ailments of getting old. It is days like this where I wish a special “Quiet Only” car existed because it would make my day start off easier.

I feel that if there are special arrangements for individuals that have destructive habits than the same should apply for those with Autism. Many times parents of Autistic children are limited in the places they can take their child.  If public establishments designed their business around the consideration and acceptance of people with Autism and other special needs than they can become more integrated with society.

Thank you for reading!
Autistic Female


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