I think my biggest pet peeve with people is that they like to offer unsolicited parenting advice to parents who are raising children on the autism spectrum. And to those people I would just like to say "Maybe you should concentrate on cleaning up the mess you made raising your own kids before you start playing Supernanny to ours."
A fellow Winnipeg autism mother went shopping at The Real Canadian Super Store with her son who has autism. This child's autism is much more intense then my kids, and when you watch him, it is clear that he is a child with a disability. While shopping, the poor boy had a wee bit of an episode as he suffers from extreme anxiety and was most likely over stimulated... and a manager came to my friend and asked "Is there a problem here?" and kind of put my friend in an awkward position... There's more to the story, but the part that is upsetting the most is that when she went on The Real Canadian Superstore facebook page to let the store know what happened and her offense at how the situation was handled by the store manager, a supposed 'normal' employee or past employee (if his facebook account is accurate), had two comments to say, and I literally copied and pasted these comments:
I'm speechless... And that doesn't happen very often.
My roommate had to take my laptop away for a while. She did her best to edit my original post on this, and then called in reinforcements.
First of all, if this Steven Brazeau is or has been employed by the Real Canadian Superstore, I think they have a major HR problem.
Second... people!!! Understand that just because you delete your comment on facebook, doesn't mean it wasn't seen on facebook by others, and furthermore... SOME OF US HAVE COMMENTS FORWARDED TO OUR EMAILS!!! Even if you delete your comment, guess what? It's too late! The comment has already been emailed to the poster's email address!
Autism is not a disease. It's not something you catch from someone.
Children and adults diagnosed with autism are not diagnosed by their parents, there are actual psychiatrists that have a university degree that give them the 'right' to do that.
An excuse to call my children autistic? Seriously? I'd much rather call my children the next Einstein! Autism is not a country club us parents want to belong to!
As a mother of a child with autism, I can honestly tell you my children's popularity in school is the least of my concerns. Our kids couldn't care less if they're considered cool or not, that is kind of the beauty of autism. They couldn't care less about Mr. and Mrs. Jones and what they have.
And for the record, autism is not a disgrace, ignorance is. I am proud of all my kids. It is society that calls my children autistic, God calls them PERFECT. So for those that have a problem with people on the autism spectrum going shopping for their groceries, a necessity for survival, well... take it outside and have your own little hissy fit. Let the rest of us go in the grocery store, do our necessary shopping and get out.
As always, consider yourselves hugged,