09-08-2011, 10:33 AM
(09-08-2011 10:21 AM)Bageleth Wrote: [ -> ](09-08-2011 10:07 AM)ladijules Wrote: [ -> ]Ok... my biggest pet peeve is people who are just plain MEAN, especially to people with special needs. It happens frequently when I'm out in public with my clients. I actually had one man walk up to me and say "You should keep those retards at home. No one wants to see them in public!" Well excuse ME!!! They are people just like everyone else. He wasn't even disturbing anyone, just walking down the walkway. REALLY! Just because people are uncomfortable with people with special needs doesn't mean you should be mean to them!
(Getting off my soapbox now.)
Oh! That hacks me off! As the parent of a special needs kid, that kind of person makes me want to grab them by the roots of their hair and recede their hairline, and let them know that THEY are the ones that shouldn't be out in public! (of course, I wouldn't really do that........maybe).
I too, am the parent of a special needs child and the comments I have heard over the years have been horrible. For example, when my autistic son was 6, he had a melt down in a parking lot. I had this old woman come up to me saying "You are a terrible mother! Any child that acts like that is obviously abused and I'm going to call the police on you and have you arrested!" I tried to explain he was autistic, and she told me "Then you should put him in an institution!". Needless to say, over the years I have mastered deep breathing just to keep from lashing out. LOL... I remind myself that decking those people would make me feel guilty later.. no matter how good it would feel at that moment!
All of us have "special needs" of a sort. Everyone is different. Those people I just keep thinking their "special need" is a complete lack of empathy and compassion. Which in some ways... is even more disabling and sadder than someone with autism or in a wheelchair!