The Boy has had a helluva week. That means I have too, by proxy.
After a day and a half at a private driving school class, he was kicked out. Despite assurances to the contrary, the staff was not willing to work with him and for him to make sure he learned the material. They acted like I hadn’t been explicit about what his learning needs were. I asked if he could stay in the class just to get the instruction without taking any assessments. Not only did they refuse, they would not refund my money.
Then I found out that this entire summer, when my son went to the local pool three times a week with his autism camp, one of the lifeguards belittled the kids from camp, even commenting that she didn’t get “paid enough to deal with these retards.”
I’m not naive enough to have ever believed the “real world” is or ever was prepared for our kiddos. But it’s extremely difficult to watch your child get pummeled by the ugly out there. (And I use “ugly” as southerners often do, to describe someone whose soul is full of hatred, venom, and bile.) It’s even more difficult to watch the “real world” get uglier to “the others” in our society by leaps and bounds, every damned day.
It’s very hard to hold on to hope.
This kid has been rejected, abandoned, and discriminated against far too often in his 16 years on this planet. And he doesn’t deserve it.
That lifeguard should no longer be employed there or at the very least be given a warning. You cannot treat your customers in that manner! Awful. And for the driving school to act like you weren’t honest with them?? I do NOT believe that for one second. Sorry it was such a bad week!
I don’t believe the lifeguard was fired, although the family who owns the center were profusely apologetic and said it would addressed with her. I suppose it can only get better from here!
This breaks my heart and makes me so angry.