It's such a sensitive subject and often embarrassing for parents to even ask but sometimes so necessary.
In a time where so many people are traveling and experiencing all that life has to offer it is hard for
families with special needs child to participate. The lines are so long, the noise level can be through
the roof and navigating through the millions of people can be overwhelming. On a recent trip to NYC
with my children I was surprisingly delighted by the response I received to “the question” . We traveled
over Memorial Day weekend and the first place that we went to visit was The Empire State Building.
There was a 90 minutes wait and as I stood in line it became evident that my daughter, with Atypical
Rett Syndrome, would not be able to tolerate the wait time. For a moment, I thought we would just
get out of line and leave but I really wanted her to experience the view so I sought out an employee
that was monitoring the lines and asked politely if there was anything that they offered for a child with
special needs to speed up the process. I explained to him that she could not tolerate the long lines. He
immediately opened the waiting line divider and brought us to the front of the line. He explained to the
elevator operator and away we went to the top. It was wonderful and I was so relieved. I was able to
give my daughter the experience instead of having to leave. She absolutely loved the view!
Throughout the weekend, I continued to encounter very long lines. At each place I found the person in
charge and politely explained my situation. It was important for me to tell him that my daughter could
not tolerate the long lines and in all cases we were given front of the line access.
I can not guarantee that every time you ask the question that you will receive the same treatment but
what I can say is that it never hurts to ask. Always be polite, Always explain the situation with your
child and always be thankful. Having this ability allows our children to have some amazing experiences
that they otherwise would not be able to enjoy.
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