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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.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: autism; roadsigns; sign; traffic
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To: al baby

51 posted on 03/22/2008 2:19:18 PM PDT by Allegra (I have an inbred fear of stupid people.)
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To: Allegra

Dam i guess i will have to turn back

How Are you ?


52 posted on 03/22/2008 2:20:11 PM PDT by al baby (Hi mom)
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To: Redcloak

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

> That child may or may not react to the car.

The sign does not convey that.

Although I have a general idea of what autism is,
and that it’s a possibly over-diagnosed trendy PC
“disease”, I would not have any predictions as to
how the afflicted behave in traffic. I’m sure I’m
not alone in that.

“DEAF CHILD” would be more effective in getting
drivers to change their expectations with
respect to upcoming juvenile pedestrians.

What’s next: “A.D.D. CHILD AHEAD”?

Whoever is coming up with these signs is
frankly too close to the problem.


53 posted on 03/22/2008 2:20:13 PM PDT by Boundless (Legacy Media is hazardous to your mental health)
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To: netmilsmom
In a similar vein -- someone please explaint to me why a child with diabetes rates preferential line treatment at disney World? Sis-in-law told us that she was traveling with other relatives, one of whom was a diabetic child, and that the entire party got to use "special needs" entrance lanes for rides. Now, I know there are timing of meals issues and the like, but can't parents bring appropriate snacks for long waits? Water? medication?

flame away

54 posted on 03/22/2008 2:25:47 PM PDT by pettifogger
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To: wastedyears

Yes it do.


55 posted on 03/22/2008 2:26:05 PM PDT by humblegunner ()
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56 posted on 03/22/2008 2:29:45 PM PDT by humblegunner ()
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To: al baby
How Are you ?

I'm doing great...coming home next month for a little break. How are you these days?

Sign that you made a wrong turn:


57 posted on 03/22/2008 2:35:17 PM PDT by Allegra (I have an inbred fear of stupid people.)
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To: al baby

58 posted on 03/22/2008 2:37:37 PM PDT by Zuben Elgenubi
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To: Maelstorm

59 posted on 03/22/2008 2:39:33 PM PDT by Zuben Elgenubi
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To: 50mm

That Clinton sign can’t be real because it doesn’t have bullet holes in it. The one I saw in Hope, Arkansas in 1998 had bullet holes.


60 posted on 03/22/2008 2:40:13 PM PDT by RGVTx
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To: pettifogger

No, I agree with you.

I belong to many a homeschool group. In every one is a parent(s) of a child with special needs. Some demand, some are nice. Some sure overuse the kid.

I have tons of patience with the children. They can’t help how they are. But when I see my Niece-in-law who demands NOTHING for her son, handling it all herself and compare it to the “victim” parents who want all accomodations, I have to pray hard to keep from resenting it.


61 posted on 03/22/2008 2:43:32 PM PDT by netmilsmom (Giving up "Hairspray" and the cast for Lent. Prayers appreciated!)
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To: wastedyears

62 posted on 03/22/2008 2:43:32 PM PDT by Zuben Elgenubi
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To: wastedyears

63 posted on 03/22/2008 2:45:13 PM PDT by Zuben Elgenubi
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To: pettifogger

And BTW, how do they know the child is diabetic?


64 posted on 03/22/2008 2:47:05 PM PDT by netmilsmom (I am very mad at Disney. Give me my James Marden song!!!!!)
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To: garyhope

I don’t know what “Open Range, Loose Stock” means.


65 posted on 03/22/2008 3:06:44 PM PDT by wastedyears (More Maiden coming up in a few months!)
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To: Polybius

Poly, the picture of that child reminds me of what I used to do. Banana, spaghetti, and even Vaseline would go in my hair.


66 posted on 03/22/2008 3:12:10 PM PDT by wastedyears (More Maiden coming up in a few months!)
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To: Maelstorm

Leave it to the Amherst Traffic Safety Board, that town has turned wacko.


67 posted on 03/22/2008 3:16:45 PM PDT by The Mayor (The purpose of prayer is not to get what we want, but to become what God wants.)
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To: Allegra

That would be great also if your into weird stuff that might not be a wrong turn


68 posted on 03/22/2008 4:12:56 PM PDT by al baby (Hi mom)
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To: netmilsmom

‘zactly. The thing that made me most crazy is that the entire extended family of about 12 were treated to the same line-jumping accommodations. And S-i-L (who was one of the extended and only tangentially related to the diabetic child) thought it was all fine and dandy.


69 posted on 03/22/2008 6:33:46 PM PDT by pettifogger
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To: Boundless

You are quite right. If a sign must be carefully explained, then it’s not doing its job.


70 posted on 03/22/2008 6:58:15 PM PDT by Redcloak (Yeah... Sure... McCain. Why not.)
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To: Zuben Elgenubi
But what aboult the lysdexic,I mean,slydecix, I mean dislexic driver?


71 posted on 03/22/2008 7:10:29 PM PDT by OeOeO
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To: wastedyears

That is at WSMR!


72 posted on 03/22/2008 9:41:13 PM PDT by ktw (kakatte koi)
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To: Maelstorm

it is amazing that people with such insensitivity walk among us. perhaps there should be a sign permanently posted outside your house that reads “shockingly ignorant person in area.” i have a severely Autistic, 10 year old child and have fears every day that she could wander out into the street and get hit by a passing car. having known someone whose sister was killed by a motorist at that same tender age, i think often about the horror through which that family lived. i also remember the incredible torture experienced since then by the driver of the car that ran the child down—i knew him too. for your sake, i hope that you are not ever in such a position.


73 posted on 05/15/2009 8:14:30 PM PDT by brad in st. louis
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To: brad in st. louis

Brad you must have really had to look to find this fairly old post. Also I see you are fairly new because this must be your first post. That said I’d never seen a sign like this and I feel sympathy for you and your 10 year old child but the truth is that you are responsible for that child and will be for a long time regardless of the signs that are put up. I always watch for kids and never drive fast in residential areas and get upset when I see people doing just that. My wife’s aunt who is a mentally disabled was hit by a car. Maybe it wouldn’t have happened if they had a sign up saying mentally handicapped person living nearby but I doubt it. The person was probably drunk it was clear they had swerved off the road when they hit her. It would be nice if life was so simple as banning handguns to save lives and putting up a sign for all the folks who might wander into the road to keep them from getting run over by people texting on cell phones.

I’m not even opposed to signs but then again this isn’t even about signs it is the difference between intentions and reality. I doubt they make much difference and they most certainly won’t protect and Autistic child who is unsupervised because even if they don’t run into the road they can get lost in the woods, or fall down a well just like any other child who is too young or just plain unlucky.

So don’t assume I’m ignorant just because I don’t take every good intention to heart. I was just marveling that in a world so driven by sensitivity that such a sign seemed a bit insensitive and a bit overthetop.


74 posted on 05/16/2009 1:41:54 AM PDT by Maelstorm (Some people hold to intentions dearly because at the end of the day they have nothing else to offer.)
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To: Maelstorm
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75 posted on 05/16/2009 2:03:41 AM PDT by MaxMax (America's population is 304-Million. Obama must punish America for the other 4.7 Billion)
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To: MaxMax

Oh my that is horrible but funny.


76 posted on 05/16/2009 2:06:15 AM PDT by Maelstorm (Some people hold to intentions dearly because at the end of the day they have nothing else to offer.)
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

What’s he doing, playing with another kids head?


77 posted on 05/16/2009 2:26:09 AM PDT by this_ol_patriot (I saw manbearpig and all I got was this lousy tagline.)
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To: Maelstorm
Obviously you and the others that were so negative about this sign do not know what it is like to have a mentally disabled child. I have a child with Down Syndrome and if I can find a sign that says that, I want it posted with the stop sign in front of my house...along with the Slow Children sign posted down the street. Our children are handicap, but if you see the universal sign, you expect to see someone in a wheelchair (as the sign portrays). Our kids look like regular kids but when you are driving down the road (or speeding) and you honk your horn and the child doesn't respond, they are not acting dumb or acting out of disrespect just to give you a hard time...it's because they DO NOT understand they need to STOP as the car comes racing towards them...or they DO NOT understand they can't just walk out into the road and not get hurt as the car comes closer.

Get a book, read it, and get educated about special needs children and adults. And by the way, with the Slow Children sign, and the Stop sign and the universal handicap sign posted in front of my house - - drivers continue to disregard all of them and speed down my road, blast through the stop sign and wave us off like we are nothings as we shout at them as they race by.

78 posted on 07/27/2009 6:50:54 AM PDT by CDC95
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