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post #41 of 44 Old 08-22-2013, 04:38 PM
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I'm afraid that we do live in a sorry society where people still feel the need to fear or ridicule those they don't understand - and that's pretty much all disabled people
My 22 year old nephew has cerebral palsy and though above average intelligence is very physically disabled including his facial features. In his life he's had to suffer so much verbal abuse including one middle class couple in a restaurant who complained loudly to management that he should be asked to leave as he was putting them off their food
That couple were the ones asked to leave and the decision got a round of applause from all the other diners
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post #42 of 44 Old 08-22-2013, 05:49 PM
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This horrifies, saddens, and angers me. I absolutely ADORE the autistic children that I work with. Will most of them ever be self sufficient? No. Do they have their quirks? Sure. Are they useless? Absolutely NOT. Those kids are the reason I am who I am. You simply can't spend time without them without realizing just how special, how unique, and how beautiful they are. Heck, I'm of the opinion that they're not even 'broken' like a lot of people seem to think. Since when is the ability to see pictures with your mind, calculate huge numbers in your head, memorize entire books or movies, and be sensitive enough to feel when theres something 'off' about the earth's magnetic fields? To be able to hear and see things normal people can't? Maybe these kids don't necessarily behave like 'normal' people, but they're people none the less, and magnificent ones at that. Even with my autistic kids (I call them mine, they're not. I simply have the joy of being part of their lives) that can't speak, you can tell that they understand. You can tell that they process the world around them and are intelligent. They get overstimulated easily, sure, but face the facts...we're in an overstimulated world! They don't have the problem, we do. We've allowed our brains to 'need' the constant input of bright, loud, sensory things to keep us content, but they have stayed the same. Capable of being enthralled by even the simplest of things, by the smallest beauties. Is there something wrong with that?

I think our world would be a very, very sad and desolate place without these little angels to grace us with their presence. Just because we don't understand them does not mean they're demonic or nuisances. Rather, they're opportunities for us to go back and see the simplicity of life again when we had nearly lost it.

Geez....can you tell this is a sensitive topic for me? heh....
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post #43 of 44 Old 08-22-2013, 06:22 PM
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Originally Posted by AlexS View Post
It's hard to comprehend the human being who would write this. I can only hope she has another child who is disabled, that would be justice. Then she might wake up.

I read this post and wasn't going to say anything , just let it be
water under the bridge sort of thing..

But how could you hope another child be born who would have any
disability just to bring an ounce of justice to an IDOIT.

My hope would be that GOD never let another child be born with
any type of disability.

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post #44 of 44 Old 08-24-2013, 11:32 PM
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Autism isn't necessarily a disability but quite the opposite. The world's geniuses are autistic. Most of the brilliant musicians, mathematicians, scientists, artists, etc are autistic according to a research lecture I heard recently. Temple Grandin has her doctorate.
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