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In the Comments: Autism, Peanuts, and Parents Who Blog

By January 4, 2013

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ReplyIt's been almost a month since I've rounded up comments here, and you've all obviously been too busy with your own holiday plans and panics to opine much. Since early December, there have been two more comments on the post "Autistic Kids, Violent Adults" that make my heart hurt for all concerned, and two comments to an old post on peanut bans that make my blood boil at people's continued efforts to both minimize the seriousness of peanut allergies and suggest that if they are as bad as all that, the kids should just be confined to their homes lest they inconvenience the peanut-eating public. (An excellent demonstration of the idea that disability is not something inherent in an individual, but something imposed by the community.) Comments came in on posts about Down syndrome and American Horror Story, college scholarships for kids with disabilities, and failing children in special education. My About.com colleague Liz Kennedy, the guide to Children's Books, checked in on my post about special needs and Sandy Hook, and Jodee Kulp of Toolbox Parenting had a thoughtful response to my post on blogging about your kids.

What's on your mind today? Add your thoughts to these or any posts you find on this Parenting Special Needs site, or peruse the list of Readers Respond pages to deposit your two cents there.

February 2, 2013 at 2:15 am
(1) Paul Anderson says:

I came across 2 articles which talk of ‘peanut allergy’ being considered as as a disability. There were mixed response but you cant blame them. That how people perceive and look at problems.

One website even advocated that restaurants serve food that are free from ingredients that may cause the body to react. Is that good or bad ?

Take for example, peanut lovers who will not stand it if their favorite dish is taken off the menu.

So, the best way to deal with this problem is for the person with certain allergies to stay well informed and avoid food which can trigger the problem. At the same time restaurants should act in good faith and put up signs which request customers to tell them if there are ingredients that needs to be taken off the dish that they order.

Cooperation from both ends can help solve all problems. The only thing needed is the initiative.

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