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    CJH wrote:
    grubberlog wrote:
    Little Miss Villa wrote:
    grubberlog wrote:
    They knew he was autistic because the mother told them he was autistic. She apologised for him dropping litter, and explained that he was autistic, and the man laughed at her. Would it be acceptable to laugh at a spastic, supervised or not? Now why would Asda give her a 5 pound voucher and a free toy from the shop if her children were really throwing food around?
    Is it acceptable to use the term 'spastic' ?

    I think not!!!
    Why not? a child with spastic deplegia is a spastic, that's the correct term, do you have a problem with using correct medical terminology?
    You are being extremely offensive. You know full well the connotation of that word. You could have said 'disabled' or 'physically challenged'. Yes it is a medical term, but like many words it has been hijacked to mean other things, as I'm sure you are fully aware. Please do not use it again.
    I will use correct medical terminology where called for, I need to use the word spastic in my working life, so your rather pathetic plea falls on deaf ears. A person with spastic diplegie is NOT physically chellenged, they have a disease, which needs far more research to understand. Grow up will you and see past pejoratives. It is very interesting though to see how unduly sensitive people are to certain words, yet consider autism a laughing matter, or one not to be taken seriously."
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Mum demands better training at supermarket

Evesham Journal: ROW AT STORE: Mum Kate Handley holding baby Archie, 11 months, with Calum, 12, and Oliver, 5, who has autism. ROW AT STORE: Mum Kate Handley holding baby Archie, 11 months, with Calum, 12, and Oliver, 5, who has autism.

A MOTHER is demanding better training for workers at a Worcester supermarket after a staff member “shouted” at her autistic son.

Kate Handley has refused offers of goodwill from Asda in St Martin’s Quarter after she said a cafe worker “laughed in her face” when she told him that her five-year-old was autistic.

Miss Handley, of Birch Avenue, Tolladine, was having lunch in the cafe on Monday December 9 with her three children – Calum, 12, Oliver, five, and Archie, 11 months – when she went to change her baby’s nappy.

While she was walking towards the bathroom, Oliver was following a few steps behind.

She said: “All I heard was somebody shouting and I turned round and saw my son had dropped a small piece of litter – a cookie wrapper out of Asda’s lunchbox range.

“And when I saw that he had done that I said I was sorry, and went to pick it up.

“The member of staff gritted his teeth and said Oli had just dropped it. I apologised again and he snatched it up and slammed it in the bin.”

After she had seated her children she went to speak to the member of staff.

She said she explained that Oliver was autistic and found it difficult in supermarkets and that she was not happy with how he spoke to her son.

“He just glared at me and said Oli was unsupervised and that he couldn’t have old people tripping on litter.

“I said I understood that but I apologised twice which he ignored, and then said he’s not naughty, he has a disability, and he laughed in my face.”

The store offered her a £5 goodwill voucher and Oliver his choice of toy but she refused and said she wanted a written apology and better training for staff so they could deal better with people who have disabilities.

A spokesman for Asda said the member of staff had to replace four meals for other people in the restaurant as the children were throwing food, and that although there was no CCTV in the cafe there was in the store itself and the children were seen unsupervised in the toy and DVD aisles.

He added: “We’d hate to upset anyone who visits our store. We’ve given Miss Handley a £5 gesture of goodwill and also offered her son a toy from the store. If she would like to get in touch with us again we’re more than happy to talk this through with her.”

Miss Handley denied that her children were throwing food and has written to the store management.

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