autism shirts

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  1. buffettgirl

    buffettgirl The whole tag thing, so 1990's internet.

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    I agree. Just get a medical id and wear that. If it's not an actual MedicAlert, you can get customized id's from many other sources. But the point is to wear it. EMTs are trained to look for those on the wrist (or dog tag). They are not going to look at a magic band (that everyone in the park is wearing). If you want to provide medical identification, wear a medical ID.

    As for the shirts, I really find them quite horrible. I can't imagine wanting to define my child's every action by his disease, and that's pretty much what the shirts convey to me. That every action this child makes is a result of his or her disease. It's also why I hate the terms "autistic" "aspie" "diabetic" and the like. Kids are more than their disease. They have autism. They are on the spectrum. They have diabetes. They aren't their disease.
     
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  3. EastYorkDisneyFan

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    Something to keep in mind even if that was available not everyone knows how to do that or would be comfortable doing that. Also CM's are not allowed to touch anyone if they fall or collapse incase they either injure themselves or the person needing help. If you are unconscious they should be calling for the EMTs who as a previous poster said are trained to look for things like Medical Alert tags and then would work from there. If you don't have anything my guess would be they would look for something with a number they can call to get in touch with a family member.
     
  4. Kellykins1218

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    My kids are smart, funny, loving...and autistic. There's nothing wrong with saying it. They are autistic. I wouldn't put my kids in autism shirts (have to wear Mickey at DW!) but if other parents want to do that, I have no problem with it. Oh, and my husband is diabetic. Yeah, I said that, too. :cool1:
     
  5. buffettgirl

    buffettgirl The whole tag thing, so 1990's internet.

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    That's good for you. Notice the use of "I" when I said , "I hate the terms.." and yes, I (again, see my use of the word I) think there is plenty wrong with using those words. Yeah, I said that too.
     
  6. Sparkly

    Sparkly Starlight, starbright...

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    Um, good for you?

    As I like to say, labels are for soup cans. Not for people.
     
  7. Kellykins1218

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    I don't see anything wrong with putting your kid in any shirt that you want. It's nobody else's business. I don't care for Oswald so I just don't wear anything with him on it. It doesn't bother me if somebody else wants to wear him on their shirt. I may not put my autistic kids in shirts that says "I'm autistic" but if someone else wants to, then more power to them. There's an autistic girl in my son's class with an adorable shirt that says "If you're happy and you know it flap your hands." I'd put them in that one in a heartbeat if we weren't all wearing our Mickey gear.
     
  8. lanejudy

    lanejudy Moderator Moderator

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    This thread is deteriorating so I'm going to close it before it continues.

    Key take-aways:
    Some people do not mind being publicly associated with conditions, diseases, or related organizations.
    Some people prefer to keep such preferences private.
    It really is a personal preference. Whether wearing a shirt announcing such creates awareness within society, or simply calls negative attention to the wearer may depend on variables including the wearer's behavior and attitude as well as the viewer's observation skills and attitude. It is still a personal preference. As long as shirts do not include offensive language or graphics, it is allowed at WDW.
     
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