This autistic boy is making a difference in the ocean

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Rio’s fascination with water began at a very early age; he has always been almost magically drawn to it. After all, his name means “River” in Spanish. It was meant to be!

One way that Rio’s autism manifests itself is in his obsessions with certain things. The sea and all the living creatures that inhabit it are two of those focal points for him. He’s a very caring and sensitive boy. Seeing how people treat the world like a trash can makes him confused and sad, he gets angry seeing plastic in the sea.

The ocean has such a soothing effect on Rio. It’s his happy place where he can be himself and he wants to do all he can to keep it that way before it’s too late.
Rio and the ocean are very similar, both beautiful yet unpredictable, powerful yet gentle. Without Rio’s parents’ devotion and sacrifice, hours of dedication from his therapists, and daily access to the sea, Rio wouldn’t be the boy he is today.

The world needs to wake up to what we are doing to our oceans and do everything in our power to make things better. We all need to be devoted mothers, fathers and therapists to the planet’s greatest natural resource if we want our children’s children to be able to swim in them.

It seems that so much is taken for granted. Living in a world where your child is accepted is taken for granted. Living in a world full of incredible oceans is taken for granted. But without the ocean, we wouldn’t be here. 
Our oceans are the primary life support system we have, they regulate our climate and are a major food source. The ocean will flourish without us yet we cannot survive without the ocean.

If Rio can play his part, imagine what we could achieve if everybody joined in! #IFICANDOITYOUCANDOIT

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    • ASPartOfMe on September 6, 2018

      Why is Wrong Planet putting up an inspiration porn video endorsing ABA?

    • domineekee on September 6, 2018

      The issue feels closer to home after watching this video. Thanks.

    • alex on September 7, 2018

      The video is promoting keeping our oceans clean, calling for all of us (NT or autistic) to do our part. I don’t think it is promoting any specific therapy, Rio just mentions in passing the therapy that helped him with speaking. It’s part of his story.

    • EzraS on September 7, 2018

      I love the water and I’m glad I live on a peninsula. A lot of debris in the water is wind born. Ironically seagulls contribute some of it as well. They grab wrappers and bags etc that have leftover food on them or in them, which ends up on the shore and in the water.

    • ASPartOfMe on September 7, 2018

      The video is promoting keeping our oceans clean, calling for all of us (NT or autistic) to do our part. I don’t think it is promoting any specific therapy, Rio just mentions in passing the therapy that helped him with speaking. It’s part of his story.
      The #IFICANDOITYOUCANTO hashtag is false and inspiration porn. I think posting articles about autistics having success is necessary, I post plenty of them myself. What the tag is IMHO an unintentional guilt tripping. It is saying if me a disabled autistic person can do it you can and if you if you don’t you are lazy. That is false, we are different people with different abilities and inabilities, that is the whole idea behind the Neurodiversity movement.

      I am not blaming Rio I am glad he is doing something well and is apparently happy. I agree he was probably mentioning ABA in passing as something that he believes worked for him. But when the worlds largest Autistic based forum puts that up it is a de facto endorsement. It might not be intended as an endorsement, it is not the primary thing the video is endorsing but it is endorsing it.

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