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(Chicago Breaking News)   Autistic students get their own school. It's 125.67 feet long and made of 657,924 bricks   (chicagotribune.com) divider line 141
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2008-08-07 10:30:08 AM
Good one, subby.
 
2008-08-07 11:48:13 AM
Yup, definitely...definitely made of bricks...bricks...definitely bricks...
 
2008-08-07 12:11:37 PM
I'm on my way to K-Mart to buy some underwear, so I'm getting a kick....
 
2008-08-07 12:17:10 PM
The headline made me laugh. I'm betting if such a school would be designed, it'd be poorly constructed to a degree of hilarity or beyond amazing(I'm an older brother to a guy with autism/asperger's, so there).
 
2008-08-07 12:23:08 PM
That's a fine Aut Academy you got there.
 
2008-08-07 12:25:48 PM
Cool, we can pool together all the parents who agitate against vaccinating their children in one place.
 
2008-08-07 12:28:21 PM
I once thought I had Autism... turns out I was just really, really high.
 
2008-08-07 12:57:57 PM
I bet that school ROCKS!
 
2008-08-07 01:11:02 PM
I always thought autistic kids should go to aut school.
 
2008-08-07 03:19:02 PM
-1.

657,924 isn't prime.
 
2008-08-07 03:19:06 PM
xanadian: Yup, definitely...definitely made of bricks...bricks...definitely bricks...

I hate your face
 
2008-08-07 03:19:45 PM
I should not have laughed
 
2008-08-07 03:20:06 PM
Bingo!
 
2008-08-07 03:20:22 PM
Don't they already have schools for whiney brats whose parents refuse to discipline them?

/Runs
 
2008-08-07 03:21:25 PM
Sybarite: I bet that school ROCKS!

I see what you did there...

And it was EXCELLENT!
 
2008-08-07 03:21:35 PM
fark_your_mudder: Don't they already have schools for whiney brats whose parents refuse to discipline them?

/Runs


And what about those gays? Those pigs need to hurry up and get AIDS and die.
 
2008-08-07 03:22:06 PM
Good headline.
 
2008-08-07 03:23:17 PM
Am I going to hell for laughing at that?
 
2008-08-07 03:23:32 PM
It's my turn to ride the buffer.
 
2008-08-07 03:24:49 PM
is that headline a Gigli reference?
 
2008-08-07 03:24:57 PM
How much does a candy bar cost?
How about one of those new compact cars?
 
2008-08-07 03:24:57 PM
Dance: -1.

657,924 isn't prime.


They're autistic, not OCD
 
2008-08-07 03:26:14 PM
That was hilarious. My wife didn't get it which surprised me, but then I painted her a pretty picture and she smiled.
 
2008-08-07 03:26:19 PM
Classes:

Counting Cards 101
History of the People's Court 101
Picking up hookers in Vegas 101
 
2008-08-07 03:26:38 PM
Do the autistics only like to read things that are written in FAQ format?
 
2008-08-07 03:27:14 PM
reillan: Dance: -1.

657,924 isn't prime.

They're autistic, not OCD


This, but I'm going all the way and calling the headline a FAIL. Savant or no savant, it is an OCD thing.
 
2008-08-07 03:29:10 PM
+1 headline full of win.

almost time for peoples court.
 
2008-08-07 03:29:15 PM
what I want to know is can these kids read good or do they just want to learn to do other stuff good too
 
2008-08-07 03:32:46 PM
Tr0mBoNe: I once thought I had Autism... turns out I was just really, really high.

Funny. I literally laughed out loud.
 
2008-08-07 03:33:07 PM
Not cool. I'd like to stick around to argue but it is 15 minutes to Wapner.
 
2008-08-07 03:33:12 PM
Mommy, Simon is at school.

// {if obscure}
// get off my lawn
// {/if}
 
2008-08-07 03:33:22 PM
Am I the only one who pulled out a piece of paper and pencil to do the math on whether that would be enough bricks to cover the outside?

How many gallons of concrete would it take for mortar?

/Yes, I have calculators too, I just like to do it old school. :P
 
2008-08-07 03:34:36 PM
markie_farkie: I'm on my way to K-Mart to buy some underwear, so I'm getting a kick....

in cincinati? the one on 400 oak street? are they boxer shorts?
 
2008-08-07 03:39:25 PM
QuantumPhaseShift: Am I the only one who pulled out a piece of paper and pencil to do the math on whether that would be enough bricks to cover the outside?

How many gallons of concrete would it take for mortar?

/Yes, I have calculators too, I just like to do it old school. :P


Valedictorian?
 
2008-08-07 03:39:50 PM
HEADLINE FAIL
HEADLINE FAIL
HEADLINE FAIL


/OCD not Autism
 
2008-08-07 03:41:11 PM
That headline rocks. Back and forth, back and forth.
 
2008-08-07 03:42:16 PM
$32 million facility will double as lab for researchers

Wasn't this a SImpson's episode minus the autism?
 
2008-08-07 03:43:49 PM
Nice one subby.
 
2008-08-07 03:46:05 PM
Claudemartin: Am I going to hell for laughing at that?

If so, I will be right there with you...and subby.
 
2008-08-07 03:46:30 PM
Oh, Subby, you are deliciously evil.

/I should like to lick you.
//But not like Andy Dick would.
///Let's say figuratively.
 
2008-08-07 03:48:13 PM
Is it just me or is that teacher performing a dick move against that poor child?

Teacher: "High five!"
Poor Child: "High five... too high!"
Teacher: "Pwnd, nub."
 
2008-08-07 03:51:02 PM
Serious Cat just came by. He wanted me to say

"Developing schools for autistic children is a wonderful step forward in how we treat these kids. The one constant that all autistic children seem to react to, regardless of where they sit on the spectrum, is therapy, and lots of it.

Providing them a place that is geared specifically to that, rather than trying to carve that place out of some other educational facility, can only be considered a positive step."

/ ya srsly!
 
2008-08-07 03:51:22 PM
OCD = They need to count the bricks
Autism = They can count them better and faster than anyone else.

/Not a doctor, but I play one on TV
 
2008-08-07 03:52:00 PM
I can has Assburgers?
 
2008-08-07 03:53:24 PM
FTFA: "Q-How does this new facility address the needs of people living with autism?

A-The senses of people with autism are often heightened, making them easily overwhelmed or distracted by too much noise or certain types of bright or fluorescent lights. Put them in a regular classroom, and the sights and sounds can distract and, in some cases, cause physical discomfort.

With that in mind, the walls and hallways of the school are designed to dampen sound. There is no echo of footsteps as students walk through the halls, and there is little noise carried from one classroom to the next.

The rooms have wide windows to let in natural light, but they are mounted high on the walls so students won't be distracted by anything happening outdoors. The walls are all light colors, coated with a non-glare paint.

The air vents have been specially designed so that there's no buzzing or humming. Even the school's fire alarm is different; rather than a screeching sound that could terrify kids with autism, the alarm plays 'Stars and Stripes Forever.'"



As a contractor, I love this kind of stuff... air vents don't buzz or hum unless your HVAC subcontractor sucks, or you don't properly maintain your system.

Non-glare paint is called "flat" paint and is as common as any other paint. Actually, it is preferable for contractors because it hides the defects in the drywall finishing a lot better.

Noise reduction between rooms requires nothing but a little insulation, and echoing footsteps is caused by the flooring surface (i.e., tile instead of carpet, or whatever). Nothing tough there, pick a soft surface.

The fire alarm playing 'Stars and Stripes Forever' is kind of hot, I admit.

Anyway, they paid $32M for an 87,000 SF facility. Which makes it $368/SF. Even assuming all the land costs, permits, bonds, etc. are in that number... they got raped.

P.S. It took almost two years to finish, and the budget was - apparently - $28M when they started.


/Contractors are crooks
//Not really, though
///But we have our moments...
 
2008-08-07 03:54:22 PM
Rent Party: Providing them a place that is geared specifically to that, rather than trying to carve that place out of some other educational facility, can only be considered a positive step

yeah, because "separate but equal" worked so well last time.
 
2008-08-07 03:54:43 PM
www.bbc.co.uk

about time...
 
2008-08-07 03:57:00 PM
K9fark: HEADLINE FAIL
HEADLINE FAIL
HEADLINE FAIL


/OCD not Autism


No, it is savant behavior being able to count at a glance - it IS autism.

OCD doesn't give you special powers - just very, very clean hands
 
2008-08-07 03:58:54 PM
Sgian Dubh: Rent Party: Providing them a place that is geared specifically to that, rather than trying to carve that place out of some other educational facility, can only be considered a positive step

yeah, because "separate but equal" worked so well last time.


Wow. That's the dumbest analogy I've ever seen, and that's saying a lot. Here's a clue. Autistic kids are different. They really are. Is your suggestion that we just toss these kids into the pool and try to mainstream them all?

The recommended therapy allotment for autistic kids is somewhere in the area of 40 hours a week. They can not get that kind of treatment anywhere else.
 
2008-08-07 03:59:25 PM
protectyourlimbs: about time...

MAGNUM

Sweet.
 
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