Children With Autism, Connecting Via Transit

Oliver, left, and Ravi Greene, who are regular visitors to the New York Transit Museum. Ángel Franco/The New York Times

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Ravi Greene can tell you how to get anywhere in New York City by transit — like the beach, on the 6 train.

Johnathan Veras, 5, has three passions — cars, trains and robots — but finds trains the most soothing, his mother says. Ángel Franco/The New York Times

“The 6 goes elevated from Whitlock Avenue to Pelham Bay Park,” he explains. “And at Pelham Bay Park, you can transfer for a Bx29 or a Bx12 — the Bx12 to Orchard Beach.”

Ravi has drafted elaborate proposals for expanded bus service in Brooklyn, and has memorized the exact date that the W train stopped running in 2010.

And he is only 5 years old.

Like many children with autism spectrum disorders, Ravi is fascinated by trains and buses, entranced by their motion and predictability. And for years, these children crowded the exhibitions of the modest New York Transit Museum, chattering about schedules and engine components and old subway maps. Continue reading.

Via The New York Times

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~ by The 1955 Hudson on August 17, 2011.

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