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(Orlando Sentinel)   In an surprising act of kindness, a city government has done the "rational" thing and agreed to let an autistic boy keep his therapy chickens. City council members were unsure of the action, saying they've never done anything "rational" before   (thesent.nl) divider line 11
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2013-12-11 12:21:17 PM  
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Yes, they did the rational thing. After the father threatened to sue them in Federal court.

That's like being proud of someone for surrendering to the police after six officers draw their weapons on him.
2013-12-11 01:55:59 PM  
2 votes:
It seems like everytime anything happens to someone that they don't like, they pull some sort of sympathy card. It seems like every person you taze screams they have some medical condition, every person you ban from Wal-Mart is disabled. Or here, some hipster parents wanted fresh eggs in a resdential neighborhood got some chickens, and then when the council changed their mind on the new rule they decided to say their "autistic" son liked them. Why?

Cause no one wants to hear about some yuppies complaining that their chickens are taken away. But if the chickens are a "therapy animal" for their child, (as perscribed by a quack doctor they shopped around for) that amps up the sympathy meter, and allows them to get the internet mommies with precious "autistic" kids up in arms, and to take to their keyboards and deploy the 101 st mommy keyboard division.

I remember when the autistic kids were clearly disabled. Now your kid doesn't run up to strangers and start babbling to them, they are autistic. They like a schedule and only like certain foods? That is called being a kid.
2013-12-11 01:30:25 PM  
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FTFA:  Three-year-old J.J. Hart is an autistic boy who would hardly speak and often threw temper tantrums nearly two years ago.

So in other words, he acted like any other kid his age?

Can you even reasonably diagnose autism at that age?

Not trolling.  Really want to know.
2013-12-11 04:24:44 PM  
1 votes:

GDubDub: FTFA:  Three-year-old J.J. Hart is an autistic boy who would hardly speak and often threw temper tantrums nearly two years ago.

So in other words, he acted like any other kid his age?

Can you even reasonably diagnose autism at that age?

Not trolling.  Really want to know.


If we had known the signs, we could have spotted it at 12 months.

My son is relatively mild (on a good day), but was diagnosed at 15 months. He was not pointing, not talking at all, and showed several repetitive behaviors. He also did not make eye contact, did not respond to his own name, and took much longer to process muscle control, such as crawling.

If we thought chickens would help, we would have tried some.
2013-12-11 03:15:05 PM  
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joness0154: InitialCommentGuy: So the local government is forced to back down on a valid concern due to a threat of an an expensive, meaningless lawsuit.

Truly a vvictoryfor victory for snowflakes everywhere.

And what valid concern is there by constituents raising a small amount of chickens in accordance with the law (no roosters, clean pens, fenced, etc.)?


IIRC, they have a rooster. The "therapy chickens" thing was a bullshiat excuse to keep their breeding flock.
2013-12-11 02:31:04 PM  
1 votes:
The parents totally pulled the disability card.

They originally had chickens and a rooster but the neighbors complained because of the rooster.

The chickens were bought not as therapy chickens to provide free range eggs to their snowflake.

News at 11, all kids chase chickens.

The parents are douches.
2013-12-11 02:00:33 PM  
1 votes:
files.backyardchickens.com

Florida is full of Axis sympathizers.
2013-12-11 01:44:03 PM  
1 votes:

OtherLittleGuy: Did not read the article, but did the dad play the ADA card?


Nation said he threatened to file a federal lawsuit against the city, saying the removal of the boy's chickens would violate the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Federal Fair Housing Act.

Federal Fair Housing Act? Since when are chickens a protected group?

orclover: Im assuming its a tactile thing instead of a observational. Rubbing soft chicken feathers might be effective for this kid when a soft blanket or other object had no effect. We use a soft blanket for our older boy, thank god we dont have to take care of a chicken. Although fresh eggs would be nice.....


Temple Gradin, FTW. Saw the HBO movie, and though it was a hagiography near the end, thought it was a pretty good insight on how austitic people use tactile.
2013-12-11 01:04:49 PM  
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Pocket Ninja: Yes, they did the rational thing. After the father threatened to sue them in Federal court.

That's like being proud of someone for surrendering to the police after six officers draw their weapons on him.


True, but "progress" is a slippery, incremental thing. It's like an Operation Paperclip based on compassion, instead of a big pile of dead slaves.

Why I pseudo-Godwinned a post about some damaged kid's pets is beyond me.
2013-12-11 01:02:08 PM  
1 votes:

The My Little Pony Killer: Treygreen13: ...therapy chickens?

Until they peck the kid's eyes out.


I mean, I'm happy for the kid that he gets to keep his pets, but I've been around chickens and I wouldn't say they were a particularly... uh... therapeutic animal.
2013-12-11 12:59:28 PM  
1 votes:
More chickens for the farking.
 
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