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    Although the term "spastic" technically describes the attribute of spasticity in cerebral palsy (and was originally an acceptable and common term to use in both self-description and in description by others) it has since gained more notoriety as a derogatrive term in particular when used in pop culture to insult able-bodied people when they seem overly anxious or unskilled in sports...

    Although you are correct in the medical use of the word, you know all too well of how the word has evolved into a discriminatory insult (or just a plain insult like any insulting word for that matter). The word "spazz" was a popular shortened word to refer to an insult of the word spastic.

    Even though I agree that you should be able to freely use a word as in it's original form you should also be aware of how insulting the word has been too. Your first mention of the word was just "spastic" and not "spastic diplegia". If you had used the term in it's fullest then we probably won't be in this argumentative situation now.

    The word "retard" (short for retarded) was a medical term but it is now used as an insult.

    It's like the word "****". The meaning is just simply short for someone that is of Pakistani origin. But the term was (and still is) used in a derogatory way. I'm not saying that we should ****-foot around people who are easily offended but we should also take into consideration the new meaning of an old word.

    And besides, why are we having this conversation? The child in the story wasn't even a Spastic or a Retard. He is autistic - which is a disorder of neural development characterised by impaired social interaction and verbal and non-verbal communication, and by restricted, repetitive or stereotyped behavior..."
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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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