Hello there. I was just wondering if any of you would be interested and participate in a ''sticky'' if I started one for parents of kids who have autism. I ask because sometimes I come across stuff that isn't exactly nursing related, but still would be very interested to the number of us that I have noticed mention having children with autism. I never know where to post it. I usually put it in the ''developmental disabilities nursing'' forum, but it isn't quite right there. Plus I think it tends to get lost, since there aren't usually many responses, so the people who would be most interested end up missing it. At the same time, those responses that I get in that forum are often from people who actually have lots of experience with autism, which is a good thing. Don't get me wrong, I understand that everyone has a right to post in whatever forum is of interest to them. Personally, I would like to see the ratio of responses from people personally involved increase, though. Let me know what you think, and in which forum you think that such a sticky might belong. Thanks!
Aug 25, '06
Quote from prmenrs
Carrie Heaton does her best to keep watch over her curious and cognitively disabled 13-year-old son without being too confining. Still, the Nephi teen slips out unnoticed on occasion and wanders the neighborhood, sometimes entering and rifling through people's homes, according to police. Neighbors to the south have complained.
But Heaton was surprised Wednesday when long-simmering tensions boiled over and her neighbors erected a sign in their front yard warning, "CAUTION, RETARD'S IN AREA." ....
Makes you wonder who they're referring to.
(the link says the article isn't available anymore.)
Here is an active link to an updated story about the same incident:
It really does sound to me like that kid's mother needs to keep a much better eye on her kids. At the same time, I think Galbraith is a stupid, vindictive man. He claims that the sign was directed at the adults in Colton's life. This is how rationalizes his blatant hatefulness.
Last edit by mercyteapot on Aug 25, '06
My thought was that the "retards" invective referred to himself!
These are some of the comments on the article:
This one in particular struck me: http://www.heraldextra.com/component...83035#msg83035
There seems to be plenty of blame to go around. Some of Galbraith's comments are particularly ignorant. Makes you wonder how things would be if HE had a child similarly affected! I'll bet he would have abandoned the family completely. (I'm a big believer in the "there but for the Grace of God go I" philosophy.)
I can only hope the judge is creative in his/her decision(s). If it were me, I'd make both parties endeavour to expand their POV a LOT!!
Last edit by prmenrs on Aug 25, '06
Oct 13, '06
I wish this article would have gone into more depth about why this guy was acquited on the charge of aggravated assault. I know someone I'd like to bean in the head with a baseball right about now.
UNIONTOWN, Pa. - A youth baseball coach accused of offering an 8-year-old money to bean an autistic teammate so he couldn't play was sentenced Thursday to one to six years in prison.
Fayette County Judge Ralph Warman sentenced 29-year-old Mark R. Downs Jr. of Dunbar, Pa. to consecutive six-to-36-month sentences for corruption of minors and criminal solicitation to commit simple assault. A jury convicted Downs in September. Warman revoked Downs' bond and sent him to prison.
Downs didn't speak at the sentencing but told reporters "I didn't do nothing" as he was led out of the courtroom.
Last edit by mercyteapot on Oct 13, '06