I just learned that a 6-year-old girl name Ruby who is on the autism spectrum was asked to leave (along with her family) a Disney Store in London, Ontario for improperly wearing her mask inside the store.

In their area it’s not a requirement for a child with a disability under 12 years of age to wear a mask indoors.

From the CTV article I was reading this was Ruby’s treat after losing her tooth the other day and being upset about it.

A Disney representative said that they have extra safety precautions for their stores in that area which make masks required.

What’s your take on all of this and how has your loved ones been dealing with having to wear a mask during this pandemic?

I recently wrote an article about some of the challenges those with autism such as myself and Ruby have with wearing masks due to sensory challenges if you’d like to learn more about mask challenges.

When I was around Ruby’s age, I would have never been able to wear a mask for long periods of time due to my sensory integration dysfunction. Even though I’ve overcome many of my challenges with sensory, families in our community often tell me that sensory challenges are the 2nd biggest challenge (after communication) that their autistic children face.

Best, Kerry Magro

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My name is Kerry Magro, a professional speaker and best-selling author who is also on the autism spectrum that started the nonprofit KFM Making a Difference in 2011 to help students with autism receive scholarship aid to pursue a post-secondary education. Help support me so I can continue to help students with autism go to college by making a tax-deductible donation to our nonprofit here.