Watch this video.
In many ways it’s an advertisement for Ohel Bais Ezra— but it’s touching in that it shows us the following.
1) Autism happens in the Orthodox community.
2) It’s not talked about because of the stigma involved.
3) Lots of autistic behavior is looked at by those who aren’t aware as just being the result of poor parenting. Example: No, I CAN’T just bring my child home when he screams in the supermarket. He’s going to scream EVERY time (or almost every time) I expose him to that environment. The key is to keep doing it from time to time and working on the skills needed. Hiring a babysitter everytime I need to go to a supermarket isn’t feasible or what’s best for my child.
It’s a little cheesy, but definitely worth a watch.