restaraunt boycott alert

As the significant other of someone with Asperger's, when I read something like this, I see red. This was sent to me via the Orange County Asperger's Yahoo! list, here we go:

A woman and single mother named Stephanie came in to your restaurant on the 23rd and was treated with such intolerance and ignorance, I am joining with other parents of autistic children in the complete and total boycott of any of your restaurants. I am also the single
parent of a 15 years old with autism and no other food chain has ever acted as deplorably as you allowed your employees to act in this situation. I may have taken a harsher tone, but intolerance to anyone -- is intolerable:

Your actions are, in my mind, like asking a person in a wheelchair to leave because they cannot fit in your booths.

You should not only send a written apology to Stephanie and her son, your entire company should donate to Autism Awarness, train your employees so they can inform other patrons, learn empathy and charity, and send a letter demonstrating these actions to all autism
support groups.

We will share your intolerant and discriminating behavior with everyone we know, in my case, not only will it be family and friends, but all the educators and educator support persons who work with autistic children on a daily basis.

Shame on you for putting profits over people -- and you call yourself a family restaurant.


(name not reprinted to protect privacy)

Dear Management,

We are writing you on behalf of Stephanie and her family. You will be getting a letter from Stephanie regarding the actions of the General Manager and Sheila at this restaurant.

We are a family also dealing with Autistic Spectrum as Stephanie's family is dealing with. Autism in some form impacts 1 in 150 children in the US at this time.

Very clearly the actions of your General Manager to ask the parent and child to leave the restaurant when in fact the child's behaviors were due to a lack of service on the part of staff at this restaurant is unacceptable.

This is a 4 year old child with limited language that was hungry and didn't understand that food passing by him was not for him. If the General Manager and server understood this and gave the child some type of food or snack the outcome would have been different. Many children
with Autism have very specific tastes for food and limited choices. Finding a place where the child enjoys the food and atmosphere is hard enough without having a staff that is not understanding.

Making Stephanie take her child out of the restaurant crying with no food is not an acceptable solution to the problem.

Please know that we are 1 of many families that have been made aware of what happened at this restaurant. We are now choosing to not visit this specific restaurant from this point further and to make it known to friends and family that this particular location is not disability
friendly.

We feel given this incident, all of the staff at this location and across your chain should be given Autism awareness training. April is Autism awareness month and given the actions of your staff, we feel there needs to be more compassion and understanding for families
dealing with Autism by staff in your employment.



The restaurant here is Applebee's.

I will be joining in the boycott of Applebee's, not that I really eat out anymore anyway, but this is ridiculous and unacceptable, and if you love someone on the autistic spectrum, I think you should do the same.

K thx

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therapist

We may need to find a new therapist, in our insurance network, for my nearly teenager who has Asperger's. I want someone who is a specialist with kids on the spectrum, and is in the Minneapolis/St Paul area (first ring suburbs are ok). Any ideas?

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Hey peoples,

My name is Kristi (my Heathen/Asatru name is Sigrun). I am a 26 y/o Beeper romantically involved (and living with) with a 39 y/o Aspie. I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in August 2002, and my boyfriend is an undiagnosed Aspie but he is aware that he has it and definitely fits a lot of the behaviors on the spectrum. I am currently living med-free because I was overmedicated for 4 years and I still have cognitive impairment from the medication: difficulty concentrating, speaking, short-term memory loss, etc. I was on a cocktail of 7+ meds, none of which helped. Since I attained a more holistic lifestyle (proper diet, exercise, and routine), I have been feeling a lot better. Anyhoo, my question is this. Both my boyfriend and I get bad cases of the "fuckits" and need to get more motivated to do things, such as work out, study, etc. How can I best help him, and how can he best help me?

Thanks and have a nice day :D
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I'm 22 and already diagnosed as AS/ASD but am showing bipolar trait and tendencies, I think I may be bipolar/cyclo on the self-assesment tool I am getting a high-moderate possibility .

In the last two days I have had two hyper periods and then came down and down hard within minutes, for no apparent reasons.
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Guardian article

This came up on my press searches today, and thought it might interest some of you too...

Special intelligence

If you have Asperger's syndrome, getting and keeping a job might seem impossible, but it's not. Sabina Dosani talks to employers about why they value their 'incredible' workers

Saturday November 18, 2006
The Guardian


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http://money.guardian.co.uk/workweekly/story/0,,1950703,00.html
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Myths about Aspergers

Taken from the GRASP website: Myths about Asperger Syndrome

People With AS Cannot Have Normal Relationships or Live Independently.
While it is true that most people with AS/HFA do not marry and do not live independently, many do. As intelligent people, many of us are able to compensate for our handicaps through sheer force of will and determination.

—Allen Markman

What he neglects to point out is that the people he refers to are those with a clinical diagnosis. Many more people live with AS that have no idea what it is, much less any kind of diagnosis. I not received a formal diagnosis, but I certainly fit the profile for most of my life. Any one who has known me for any length of time will attest to the fact that I have willed myself to learn to compensate for my social deficits. Most of the time, my determination to keep my world from shrinking involved moving forward through intense anxiety attacks. I have learned to love travel - new places always fascinated me, yet the actual travel was overstimulating, uncomfortable and often made me ill. I spent most of my teens and twenties learning to cope with my sensitivities in new situations. One of my effective tools, challenging to learn and use I admit, was to be willing to speak up for my needs and desires. Whether teaching in a classroom as an adult, wandering through a foreign country as a teen or through my own neighborhood as a kid, panic could strike at any moment I began to feel unsure of myself, of my destination, of my surroundings, of my audience. I have learned to take written directions with me, often refer to maps at every turn just to reassure myself, give myself extra time, make sure I am well fed and have water with me, etc. These may seem like common sense to most people but they were difficult tools for me to learn to use.

I encourage anyone facing Aspergers Syndrome, or any other kind of social anxiety to keep your world as wide open as possible. It will be difficult, sometimes it was enough to make me puke. I can now say, as a 41 year old, the efforts of all those years are paying off. Since my son was diagnosed with AS a couple of years ago, and I self-identified as a person with AS, I realized that I have been taming the monster of social anxiety/deficits day by day, year by year for as long as I can remember. I like most of my quirks, but that one got in the way of being myself.
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Asperger Syndrome: A Positive Perspective

Hi,

My name's Chris. I'm 24 and I was diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome when I was about 9 years old.

I thought this community might be interested in a short film/animation I made, exploring the positive aspects of Asperger Syndrome. If you'd like to see it, please click the image below:



All feedback is appreciated. And thanks for taking a look :)
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I'm Tanya, I'm soon to be 18 years old. I was diganoed with bipolar when I was 14. Now my mom and I think that I don't. I have almost every symptom of aspergers, and I have psychosis. My mom and i think I might have aspergers and Schizotypal Personality Disorder, my question is..

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This all came about because I wore a tank top this morning instead of a t-shirt.
Falconboy: Mom, what's that on your neck?
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F: How'd you get it?
M: I got bit
F: What bit you? You always ask us about our bruises
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F:ooooo, is that a hickey?
M:yes, do you want to know more? (evidently, he didn't)

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Help?

Hello. I have Asperger's Syndrome, and I have been searching for a community online that could perhaps be of assistance. I am in High School at the moment, and it is imperative to my academic future to have at minimal one club listed for me to get into an exceptional college. My grades are very much not a problem, but it seems I need to be more "well-rounded" in other ares, and participate in school activities. The problem is that not only are all the clubs at my school of no interest to me, but I get extremely panicked at the idea of spending so much time around so many new people. I've briefly entertained the idea of starting my own club, but I'm not entirely certain that that would work either. Can anyone please give me some suggestions? It would be greatly appreciated.