‘They're just different'
Dan Gray, vice president of operations at Warren Theatres, said the showings started after a teacher approached him about holding a screening for children with autism and sensory disorders.
He soon found there was a large group of families with children with autism — and a lot of them hadn't been back to the movies since they'd had children.
One family told him it wasn't that they felt like they couldn't take their son out or that they were ashamed of their son.
“It was that they couldn't take the looks that they got from the general public when their son had an outburst,” he said. “The looks of ‘Why can't you control your kid?' Because the general public only sees what they see. They don't try to understand it.”
Fogle is looking forward to taking her son to more movies. Her first attempt to take him to see “Wreck-It Ralph” didn't work out and she's thankful for the specialized screenings.
Going to the movies helps Ethan learn about the types of activities that the general population takes part in, and she doesn't want him to miss out.
When people hear Ethan has autism, they'll sometimes say ‘I'm sorry.' She doesn't understand why.
“Autistic kids aren't less,” she said. “They're just different.”