Surely, of all the dangers that confront many autistic children the simplest danger to eradicate, the one that doesn't have to exist, is the danger of an autistic child being left alone on a school bus, van or other vehicle while parked in scorching heat or while it departs for other destinations. Yesterday though, as reported on Newsday, a 6 year old autistic boy in Nassau, Long Island, was left on a school bus unattended that left before school personnel became aware he was missing.
There are many problems involving autistic children including self injurious behavior, serious food aversions, wandering and lack of understanding of every day risks such as automobile traffic that can pose serious risks to the well being of autistic children. One that does not have to happen though is the risk that an autistic child will be left unattended on a bus or other vehicle.
A simple but mandatory check list and reporting system with confirmation from the persons receiving the child into their care that the child had been received being required before the vehicle is permitted to depart should be all it takes. Care and attentiveness should eliminate all such situations from occurring.
How autistic children end up being placed in this unnecessary danger is a mystery to me.