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.

In their story misleadingly titled “Landlord drops eviction proceeding over noise complaints against family with autistic child” posted on Oct. 23rd, the Ottawa Citizen tells us that the “eviction notice” (actually a legal notice to comply with the terms of the rental) has been “dropped” by the landlord.

In fact, the eviction notice expired because no further infractions occurred, so the landlord didn’t “drop” anything.  A further notice can be issued if any new complaint is made.

So all of a sudden, after being issued a formal notice, the parents of the boy decided to give their neighbours a break and alleviate the severe and totally predictable problems their 8 year-old was causing.

We are even told that they actually moved their son’s bed “away from the wall they share with an adjacent neighbour, so the boy could not drum his feet against it.”  (My emphasis).

How considerate!  Nonetheless the father, John From, is now quoted as saying that he wants to have “written assurance” that “I’m not going to be constantly worried about my son making too much noise.”

Isn’t the noise the boy makes the father’s responsibility, not that of the landlord?  And yet, From wants the landlord to say that no matter how much noise From allows his child to make, he will not have to worry about any more eviction warnings…

How astonishingly arrogant!  The landlord is required to respond to complaints by others, so may I suggest that perhaps it might be a little more realistic for Mr. From to visit each of his neighbours instead, and ask them to sign on the dotted line?

What I detect here is an appallingly self-righteous attitude of entitlement… From and his wife rented the townhouse-condo, made no apparent effort to keep down the noise made by their autistic son, and then threatened to go to the Human Rights Tribunal when given a perfectly legal and reasonable warning to stop driving their neighbours to distraction.

As I suggested in my post “Parents of autistic boy refuse to act over noise complaints” (Oct. 12th), “Are they deliberately trying to ‘empower’ themselves by picking a fight with their landlord?… That is pure speculation on my part, but there is nothing so far in this sequence of events to contradict such a notion.”

I am thoroughly sick and tired of special interest groups developing attitudes of superiority and special entitlements as a matter of “right”.  Any accommodating for such people which cannot be made without disruptions and upset to private individuals, should be the responsibility of our various levels of government.

People such as John From and his wife have no right to deliberately inflict themselves on others and torment them simply because of their own misfortune.

Note that, according to the Ottawa Citizen’s story, and as mentioned above, “the boy’s bed was not pulled away from the connecting wall until after the eviction notice was issued.”

For me, that says it all.  And we are supposed to feel sorry for these miserable excuses for human beings?  In my opinion, such behaviour should result in automatic jail terms for being a common nuisance.

Let’s smash this “culture of entitlement” here and now, before it gets any worse.

Jeff Goodall.

Read “Landlord drops eviction proceeding over noise complaints against family with autistic child” here.

See also “Parents of autistic boy refuse to act over noise complaints” (Oct. 12th, 2013) here.

And, “Balance needed in ‘hateful letter’ issue” (Sept. 1st, 2013) here.

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