So while Rob Ford makes more headlines for hanging around cottage country instead of rehab for the long weekend, big bro Doug Ford is busy insulting people with Autism and those who love them.
Doug Ford thinks a residential home for developmentally disabled youth in his ward is a “nightmare” for the neighbourhood. While his heart (ha!) goes out to the families of Autistic children, they have “violent tendencies” that will disrupt the neighbourhood and it should be relocated. Ford was told of this home in advance, but once some would-be voters complained he suddenly started thinking it was an issue.
According to Ford this home for some people with Autism has ruined the community. Apparently these Etobicoke families have worked hard for their homes and having child with Autism in the neighbourhood will destroy the entire neighbourhood.
I wish I was surprised by Ford’s prejudice about children and adults with Autism, but there are always ignorant people out there who would prefer to believe some myth, or story, or preconception, or bias than reality.
Doug Ford thinks that lying about children with Autism by saying they’re violent offenders will please a few narrow-minded, vulgar voters in the Ford Nation.
Ford expressed surprised that these children with Autism would be leaving the houses and going outside? What century is this guy from? Does he think they sit in the house all day? No, they go out to activities, have friends, go to school, have jobs, etc. Sad to know there are people this cruel and ignorant out there.
He’s worried about the crime rate in Etobicoke? Umm, isn’t this the neighbourhood where Rob Ford hangs around with crack dealers, buys drugs, drives drunk, etc.? Wouldn’t that have more to do with dragging down values and property values?
Instead of showing any sort of compassion, empathy, or respect toward people with special needs, disabilities, or mental health issues, Ford decides to bash them.
I have a child with Autism. He has never ruined anything. He’s not a nightmare. He’s a wonderful person. Any neighbourhood would be enriched by having him in it. On the other hand I would never want to live anywhere so intolerant, bigoted, and twisted that would begrudge youth with Autism a safe and happy place to live.
The way people and a society treat their most vulnerable says everything.
Intolerance comes from lack of knowledge and as we’ve seen, there’s plenty of that.