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Harry Henderson July 17, 2014 at 11:54 AM
They're closed. I don't think they have a new location, and am not sure what their future plansRead Moreare. There's a bit on their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/ochobbit
Laura Soble July 13, 2014 at 07:35 PM
Susan July 14, 2014 at 01:04 PM
This sounds very difficult and I am sorry you have to go through this. I am a former special edRead Moreteac her and did a lot of teaching with autistic adults in workshop settings. I have to say that the staff is probably "not trained to handle this". In my experience, working with non-disabled children/adults and disabled children/adults requires a totally different set of skills.
Mat Newson July 19, 2014 at 01:15 PM
Not really. As an autistic person myself, it sounds like this is a child who (like myself at thatRead Morea ge) just needs a little extra time, and a little understanding, especially in the first few days of the program. I have known non-autistic, non-disabled children (such as my adoptive little sister) who would do ALL THE SAME THINGS AS HIM, and would not be removed from an art program. Put in a time out or have a talk with the parents about them acting out, maybe, but not immediately removed. Additionally, he attended the program last summer and had a similar period of acclimatizing to the program before having a good time - that doesn't speak to me of a child with traits and difficulties requiring any sort of "special handling". What happened here was unacceptable, plain and simple. Even if they DID had to ask that he not return to the program, they could have done so with kindness and respect, and they did not do even that, which makes it clear to me that they just want the "weird autistic kid" out of their program.
Adrienne Saltzberg July 20, 2014 at 01:50 PM
Thank you Mat, well said.
whimz July 18, 2014 at 04:33 PM
in a word. NO. my disabled 83 year old friend got her purse taken from her while she was getting Read Moreher walker out of the car. A woman ran up and grabbed the purse and took off. No morals these days.
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