Autistic community is frightened again!

@2004cqui (2823)
United States
January 16, 2011 12:03pm CST
Yet another case of an autistic young man being beaten and robbed has occurred in our city. Parents of autistic children fear the worst may happen to their family as well. Being a parent of an autistic son and an organizer for positive action for our autistic citizens I am heart broken. I've been told by police that mental illness is no excuse when lured in to commit crime. That has happened as well. Yet in the court of law it does weigh heavily for the defense. I'm willing to bet the people who did this probably have mental issues themselves. This is an issue that is too big for me to handle, yet I'm already hearing cries for help with nowhere to direct them to give them hope. I'm hoping someone here may have some advice for me! (maybe some cleaning will help calm my nerves).
4 responses
@dorannmwin (36698)
• United States
21 Jan 11
I unfortunately don't have anything to offer to you because I've never had a close relationship with a person that is autistic. However, I think that there should be some attempts for people that are autistic (or that suffer from any disability for that matter) to receive education so that they might be able to better react when they are faced with some kind of adversity. It would be difficult I know, but I think it might make a difference.
@2004cqui (2823)
• United States
21 Jan 11
Nothing ventured, nothing gained I guess. But autistic don't think like that usually. They think in black and white. I someone say they want to be their friend they believe them, no matter how much you tell them not to trust strangers. That's why parents of autistics breath a sigh of relief when their child is home.
17 Jan 11
I know how you feel i have 5 kids and two of my sons have disabilities including aspergers syndrome this is a daily thing that happens and not enough is done to help,my sons find daily life hard enough and i encourage them to go out and socialise to improve there life but it more often than not makes them worse due to how they are treated by others.
@2004cqui (2823)
• United States
17 Jan 11
Martin L King said it best! Injustice to one is injustice to all! If people would realize what this means there would be no injustice. But we don't live in a perfect world.
@terryt52 (245)
• United States
16 Jan 11
I have an autistic daughter. I know what you are talking about. I have recently encountered many people who look at her in total disgust. I recently was at a department store and she was whining after the cashier checked me out he said to me when you get her home you should beat her. I politely told him I am going to teach you a lesson for the day. Do not assume anything she is autistic and no I will not beat her when I get home, I told him she really does not understand what she is doing and he should not speak ill of any person unless he is for sure that she is just a brat. I also told him that I hope that he never has a special needs child and may god Bless Him. Lately I have encountered many rude people I am talking adults like my daughter should be locked up or something. You can look into an advocate they do wonderful work and have alot of help for people whom are seeking it. Also if you punch in autism you will find alot of help out there. I do not know if these people who taunt special needs person or not has mental issues I feel we live in a world that people want to be perfect and that is not happening. We had a like problem in a town next to me and I believe the autistic boy was put away. May god bless you
@2004cqui (2823)
• United States
16 Jan 11
The callousness of society in general never ceases to amaze me! There was a day when these people were "just put away". They never had to define it, support it, or know it existed. Now everyone wants to know where it came from! Wealthy families could afford to keep them at home (Helen Keller)and hire someone to hopefully help while the rest just let them go to the state mental hospital, never to see them again. I'm glad you were able to find out exactly how to approach your daughters needs! My son wasn't diagnosed until he was 21. He missed out on a lot because of it. He was disciplined in school for having the affects of autism. He received no support because of autism. He still is getting no services even though I've looked into everything I can find. I will continue to look until my dieing day. Good luck and God bless!
• United States
17 Jan 11
This is terrible. I do not like to hear of things like this where people are taken advantage of like this. It actually makes me angry. I have an autistic nephew - but he is severe.