Dear Ignorant Lady in the grocery store:
I don’t think you were trying to be as rude as you sounded when you leaned over your cart, put your hand half over your mouth and whispered to me, “Does your son have AUTISM?! I heard that’s popular these days”.
Because I have no filter when I’m angry, I smiled and said “yes he does and thank you for asking”. I calmly pushed our cart the other way. Inside I was seething.
I’m not sure what prompted you to ask me this, but now that I have collected my thoughts I have a proper response to you.
First off, autism doesn’t make him deaf. He can hear you. Hell, he probably has better hearing than both of us put together.
Now that being said, I don’t expect everyone to understand or even pretend to know what autism is, but what I do expect is a little tact. Would I say, “Hey you look a little chubby, are you pregnant or just have a big lunch?” to a co-worker?
Wake up people. We are living in 2013! We don’t call developmental disorders “trendy”. We don’t use the word “retard” either. I find both extremely offensive.
Hopefully next time before you open your mouth you think first because the next person may or may not tell you where to go.
Have a nice day!