Category Archives: Autism and the “Culture Of Entitlement”

Autism “entitlements” to include dogs in the classroom?

Recently, the Toronto Star carried an article “Parents of kids with autism fight to get service dogs in schools”, (1).  The opening paragraph says “While federal law protects a blind person’s right to be accompanied in public by a service animal, the rights of children with autism who rely on trained dogs to keep them safe, regulate unruly behaviour and help them develop socially are not so clear.”

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Autism, rights, and the “culture of entitlement”

“Perhaps the Clarington incident gave encouragement to the Ottawa parents, who moved into their present living quarters a month or so after the Clarington incident was first reported. They have just been issued with formal notices to correct the (noise) situation, failing which eviction proceedings may be commenced… They have been there for less than a month, the complaints started immediately… ” – From a previous post on this incident.

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Parents of autistic boy refuse to act over noise complaints

“Perhaps the Clarington incident gave encouragement to the Ottawa parents, who moved into their present living quarters a month or so after the Clarington incident was first reported.  They have just been issued with formal notices to correct the situation, failing which eviction proceedings may be commenced.  They have been there for less than a month, the complaints started immediately, and the child is eight years old.”

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Balance needed in ‘hateful letter’ issue

Note: While this is a local matter, it clearly demonstrates how people will often respond to difficult issues in an emotional rather than a practical manner.  My responses to the first two comments to my letter should set the tone for future responses, so let’s see how it goes!

And also, let’s see if “politically correct” considerations result in my comments, or even my original letter, being taken down.

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