I’m a pretty laid back, chill kind of chick…most of the time. I’ve been targeted, bullied, judged and called names. Fine. I’m a grown up, I can take it. Shit, sometimes I even deserved it. I actually welcome your criticism, as my ex-husband is no longer around to do the job full-time.
However, if your unsolicited comments are directed towards my child, I’m going to make you sorry you opened your mouth. My child is beautiful, joyful, sweet and a little weird in the most adorable way possible. He is entitled to the same access to the world that your child without special needs is. I will not hide him away or take him exclusively to events for children with special needs, just to make you feel more comfortable. He has trouble waiting in lines and being quiet when he’s supposed to be, among other struggles, but he has an enthusiasm and an energy that deserves to be celebrated. Assume that he’s undisciplined, poorly-parented or lacking in manners and you are the ass, dude.
1 in 68 school-aged children have autism. That deserves your attention, even if it doesn’t apply directly to your child, because I assure you that statistic does impact them. Educate yourself, educate your children, and choose to be tolerant instead of judgmental. In other words, choose not to be a dick.