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A New Traffic Sign
http://www.wgrz.com/news ^ | 6/28/2007 6:18:52 AM | Claudine Ewing, Reporter

Posted on 03/22/2008 12:41:56 PM PDT by Maelstorm

It is believed to be a first in Western New York. A traffic sign alerting drivers that there is a child in the area with autism.

Take a trip down Sargent Drive in the town of Amherst and you will no doubt see the traffic sign. It's a warning sign that there is a child in the area with autism. The Amherst Traffic Safety Board put the signs on the street Wednesday morning.

The father of Sawyer Aston, 8, took the idea of installing a traffic sign on their street to town officials several months ago. The idea was researched and approved.

According to the Autism Society of America, autism is the result of 1 in 150 births. It is the fastest-growing developmental disability.

Sawyer does not talk. His parents say he does not understand the danger of walking into the street as a car is passing by. The Aston's have taken numerous precautions to take keep Sawyer safe. He wears a tracking device and they have a fenced in front yard.


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KEYWORDS: autism; roadsigns; sign; traffic
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I was driving in Massachusetts last weekend and I saw one of these and while I have great sympathy for those who have children with Autism I could not help but chuckle at this. Wouldn't be enough to put up a Caution sign indicating children at play? What next? Mentally handicapped crossing signs?

videoClaudine Ewing reports

1 posted on 03/22/2008 12:41:57 PM PDT by Maelstorm
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To: Maelstorm

The sign should actually have nothing printed upon it.


2 posted on 03/22/2008 12:45:11 PM PDT by Zuben Elgenubi
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To: Maelstorm
Wouldn't be enough to put up a Caution sign indicating children at play?

Of course not. Everyone would ignore it, just as they ignore speed limit signs and stop signs.

Maybe this one will actually affect a driver, since they could imagine the whopper lawsuit if they hit the autistic child. I've never seen a sign like this, but I've seen "Deaf Child" signs. The principle is that a deaf or autistic child will not respond to the sound of a car horn.

3 posted on 03/22/2008 12:46:19 PM PDT by Tax-chick ("Everything is either willed or permitted by God, and nothing can hurt me." Bl. Charles de Foucauld)
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To: Maelstorm

And just exactly what is a driver expected to do,
or expected to expect the autistic child to do?

They auto-attract to autos, and then auto-explode?
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Today’s Governmint School damaged drivers
likely don’t even know what the word means.


4 posted on 03/22/2008 12:48:44 PM PDT by Boundless (Legacy Media is hazardous to your mental health)
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To: Maelstorm

What’s next? “Child with ADHD Area?


5 posted on 03/22/2008 12:51:35 PM PDT by Comparative Advantage
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To: Tax-chick
Maybe this one will actually affect a driver, since they could imagine the whopper lawsuit if they hit the autistic child. I've never seen a sign like this, but I've seen "Deaf Child" signs. The principle is that a deaf or autistic child will not respond to the sound of a car horn.

and the other presumed principal is that most drivers will toot the horn and figure that's warning enough for any child, not following up to see if the child continues to chase the ball into the street but proceeding on without regard for the child's response.

Right? That's the only scenario under which a sign like that makes sense; unless, of course, tweaking the emotions of the driver somehow makes him better able to avoid running children over.

6 posted on 03/22/2008 12:52:17 PM PDT by the invisib1e hand (Free New York)
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To: Maelstorm
We have these:


7 posted on 03/22/2008 12:53:16 PM PDT by big'ol_freeper ("Preach the Gospel always, and when necessary use words". ~ St. Francis of Assisi)
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To: Boundless
When I see signs like

Speed limit 20 when children are present

I really don't know what to do. What if there's one hiding behind a bush. How close to the sign do they have to be before they're present?

8 posted on 03/22/2008 12:54:55 PM PDT by DManA
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9 posted on 03/22/2008 12:55:02 PM PDT by IllumiNaughtyByNature (Senator McCain, what did GWB promise you back in 2000? And you believed him? BWAHAAAAA!)
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To: Comparative Advantage

This is as annoying as those Baby On Board signs used to be.


10 posted on 03/22/2008 12:56:19 PM PDT by DManA
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11 posted on 03/22/2008 12:57:26 PM PDT by wastedyears (More Maiden coming up in a few months!)
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To: Maelstorm

When women ask me what my sign is, I tell them “Slow Children At Play”....


12 posted on 03/22/2008 12:57:45 PM PDT by RichInOC (...William Frank Buckley, Jr., November 24, 1925-February 27, 2008, R.I.P.)
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To: Maelstorm
"But officer, it's Wednesday!"

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13 posted on 03/22/2008 12:58:32 PM PDT by gorush (Exterminate the Moops!)
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To: Maelstorm

No point value?


14 posted on 03/22/2008 12:59:03 PM PDT by bmwcyle (Never accept the mark of the Hillary beast)
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To: the invisib1e hand
unless, of course, tweaking the emotions of the driver somehow makes him better able to avoid running children over.

Maybe it will. Maybe (miracles happen) he was already driving the speed limit, stopping at stop signs, and using caution because he's in a residential area. If so, the sign hasn't hurt him a bit.

15 posted on 03/22/2008 1:00:37 PM PDT by Tax-chick ("Everything is either willed or permitted by God, and nothing can hurt me." Bl. Charles de Foucauld)
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To: Maelstorm

My wife says we need a sign, “Grouchy Old Man In Area”.


16 posted on 03/22/2008 1:02:56 PM PDT by Graybeard58 ( Remember and pray for SSgt. Matt Maupin - MIA/POW- Iraq since 04/09/04)
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To: Zuben Elgenubi
I can understand a 'children at play' or children in area. and definitely a 'def child' sign in appropriate places. What is a person to do about an autistic child sign, get a DB check on your exhaust before driving by. Better check those squeaking fan belts and brakes too!

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17 posted on 03/22/2008 1:03:51 PM PDT by SiVisPacemParaBellum (Peace through superior firepower!)
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To: big'ol_freeper

beep louder!


18 posted on 03/22/2008 1:05:12 PM PDT by the invisib1e hand (Free New York)
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19 posted on 03/22/2008 1:05:23 PM PDT by wastedyears (More Maiden coming up in a few months!)
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To: Tax-chick

I’ve got a cousin who lives in a “Deaf Child Area”. I always activate my flashing stobe light when driving through this area.

Got another cousin who lives in a “Bi-Polar Victim” area. I have extra meds ready.

Got another friend who lives in a “Schizophrenic Affected Person” area. First I drive one way, then I drive another.

Got a brother who lives in a “Beer Addled NASCAR Fan” area. I always take an extra six pack and a bag of pork rinds when I go there.

My sister lives in a “Sensitive, Progressive, Environmentally Concerned, Gentle, Anti-Bush War Peacenik” neighborhood, I always take an extra gun and some Claymores when I go there.


20 posted on 03/22/2008 1:05:33 PM PDT by garyhope (It's World War IV, right here, right now, courtesy of Islam. TWP VRWC)
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21 posted on 03/22/2008 1:06:25 PM PDT by wastedyears (More Maiden coming up in a few months!)
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To: Maelstorm

Good thing it doesn’t say “Autistic Child in Area” because those drivers “educated” in our NEA public schools might go searching for the kid to get a caricature or landscape painting done.


22 posted on 03/22/2008 1:07:45 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (http://www.fourfriedchickensandacoke.blogspot.com)
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To: garyhope

LOL! You must have been a Boy Scout!


23 posted on 03/22/2008 1:08:31 PM PDT by Tax-chick ("Everything is either willed or permitted by God, and nothing can hurt me." Bl. Charles de Foucauld)
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” You must have been a Boy Scout!”

Yes, yes I was, but not a very good one.


24 posted on 03/22/2008 1:11:02 PM PDT by garyhope (It's World War IV, right here, right now, courtesy of Islam. TWP VRWC)
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To: garyhope

Well, you’re prepared now :-).


25 posted on 03/22/2008 1:12:17 PM PDT by Tax-chick ("Everything is either willed or permitted by God, and nothing can hurt me." Bl. Charles de Foucauld)
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26 posted on 03/22/2008 1:12:32 PM PDT by wastedyears (More Maiden coming up in a few months!)
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To: SiVisPacemParaBellum

I saw these in NW Colorado. They said “Open Range, Loose Stock”

Let’s see if those Eastern “liberals” and “progressives” know what that means.


27 posted on 03/22/2008 1:13:18 PM PDT by garyhope (It's World War IV, right here, right now, courtesy of Islam. TWP VRWC)
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To: Maelstorm

I remember seeing a sign which read:

NO PARKING
NO EXCUSES


28 posted on 03/22/2008 1:17:00 PM PDT by Fresh Wind (Vaclav Klaus on global warming skeptics: "A whip of political correctness strangles their voice")
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To: Maelstorm
Stupid waste of money. Oh wait... It's Massachusetts. Never mind.

Now here is a useful sign


29 posted on 03/22/2008 1:17:00 PM PDT by Poser (Willing to fight for oil)
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30 posted on 03/22/2008 1:18:39 PM PDT by 50mm (:-O :-o - :-| ZZZZZZzzzzZZZZzzzz)
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To: Boundless
And just exactly what is a driver expected to do, or expected to expect the autistic child to do?

They auto-attract to autos, and then auto-explode?

They don't necessarily react to cars in the same way that other children do. If a child is standing in the road and sees a car coming, his natural reaction is to get out of the way. An autistic child might see the car, but assign it no more importance that the sound of a dog barking in the neighborhood or the fact that the wind is blowing. That child may or may not react to the car.

This is all because autism (real autism, not the catch-all diagnosis that some lazy doctors will apply to children that are merely high-spirited) is a defect in how the brain filters incoming sensory data. Normally, the brain prioritizes the data. We sense a great deal more than we're capable of dealing with, so the brain only passes along what's important; like the approaching car. In an autistic brain, the data all comes in without any weighting. Thus the car is no more important that any other bit of sensory data.

31 posted on 03/22/2008 1:19:05 PM PDT by Redcloak (Yeah... Sure... McCain. Why not.)
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32 posted on 03/22/2008 1:21:52 PM PDT by eyedigress
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If you hit one, then you’re in trouble. Unless you were doing 20 or less. Then the kid gets the ticket./s


33 posted on 03/22/2008 1:22:23 PM PDT by mamelukesabre (Quantum materiae materietur marmota monax si marmota monax materiam possit materiari?)
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34 posted on 03/22/2008 1:26:42 PM PDT by USAFSecurityForces (Don't confuse your rank with my authority)
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35 posted on 03/22/2008 1:26:43 PM PDT by 50mm (:-O :-o - :-| ZZZZZZzzzzZZZZzzzz)
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To: Redcloak

If true, that is fascinating. A little bit of autism might be a good thing for certain tasks. For instance, searching for evidence at a crime scene. Searching for the enemy in a combat zone. Maybe cracking codes too. Mushroom hunting, maybe.


36 posted on 03/22/2008 1:26:46 PM PDT by mamelukesabre (Quantum materiae materietur marmota monax si marmota monax materiam possit materiari?)
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37 posted on 03/22/2008 1:29:11 PM PDT by 50mm (:-O :-o - :-| ZZZZZZzzzzZZZZzzzz)
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I know this is wrong-headed, but for the life of me, when I read this article all I can think of his the kerfuffle a few years ago when activists said this sign:

Was insulting to the developmentally disabled.

38 posted on 03/22/2008 1:33:44 PM PDT by Behind Liberal Lines
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39 posted on 03/22/2008 1:36:15 PM PDT by 50mm (:-O :-o - :-| ZZZZZZzzzzZZZZzzzz)
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Wouldn't be enough to put up a Caution sign indicating children at play?

Not really because you expect normal children to react in a normal way. It is an "Expect the Unexpected" warning sign.

40 posted on 03/22/2008 1:39:04 PM PDT by Polybius
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To: Comparative Advantage
What’s next? “Child with ADHD Area?

Wouldn't that just be your ordinary "Children at Play" sign?

-PJ

41 posted on 03/22/2008 1:42:03 PM PDT by Political Junkie Too (Repeal the 17th amendment -- it's the "Fairness Doctrine" for Congress!)
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42 posted on 03/22/2008 1:44:00 PM PDT by 50mm (:-O :-o - :-| ZZZZZZzzzzZZZZzzzz)
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43 posted on 03/22/2008 1:46:35 PM PDT by 50mm (:-O :-o - :-| ZZZZZZzzzzZZZZzzzz)
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To: Polybius
How about a nice "Parents watch your Autistic Children" sign?
Rather than hoping a driver will stop for a child with special needs, I would rather not take the chance with my child's life.
44 posted on 03/22/2008 1:49:14 PM PDT by netmilsmom (Giving up "Hairspray" and the cast for Lent. Prayers appreciated!)
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To: Zuben Elgenubi

That would be the sign for a blind child.

Out in the boondocks of Hawkins County Tennessee there is a sign....Beware Blind Child at Play


45 posted on 03/22/2008 1:51:26 PM PDT by bert (K.E. N.P. +12 . Never say never (there'll be a VP you'll like))
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To: netmilsmom
How about a nice "Parents watch your Autistic Children" sign? Rather than hoping a driver will stop for a child with special needs, I would rather not take the chance with my child's life.

While perfection is an admirable goal in any endeavor, especially taking care of a child, humans being humans, perfection is simply not possible.

How many times did your young children get themselves into some type of trouble, minor or serious, because you turned your head away for a split second?

The sign is put up as a "heads up" to an out of the ordinary situation. Nothing has ever gone wrong until now but, someday, it may. What is wrong with a parent giving a "heads up" in order to take every possible precaution for the safety of his child?

47 posted on 03/22/2008 2:12:02 PM PDT by Polybius
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48 posted on 03/22/2008 2:17:21 PM PDT by al baby (Hi mom)
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49 posted on 03/22/2008 2:18:09 PM PDT by Allegra (I have an inbred fear of stupid people.)
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Because it comes out of someone else’s pocket.

As the Godmother of an Autistic child, I can tell you that no sign will take the place of an adult’s eyes. To ask the community to pay for it, puts the responsibility elsewhere as well. I may be slammed for saying this, but I have seen many a parent of a child with special needs that have a HUGE entitlement attitude. They should always get some special treatment because of that child. Not all, Lord knows but some.

Did the parent pay for the sign?


50 posted on 03/22/2008 2:18:29 PM PDT by netmilsmom (Giving up "Hairspray" and the cast for Lent. Prayers appreciated!)
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