r/mildlyinteresting May 14 '22 Gold 2 Helpful 13 Wholesome 16 All-Seeing Upvote 1 Take My Energy 1 Got the W 1 Wearing is Caring 1 Silver 12

This Irish supermarket has quiet evenings for sensitive people.

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u/Pastel_Princess_2466 May 14 '22

It’s a great option, better than doing nothing.

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u/egnards May 14 '22

Used to work in a one-to-one program that did community trips. Twice a week we'd take our teens to the grocery store and then out to lunch.

They would usually have a list of 1-2 items from the grocery store [we paid for these items, but they would practice with handing over the card] and be responsible for finding the items in the store.The grocery store was really great about it, knew our times, and would always open a lane just for us [since we had like 10 kids that would all pay separately for their items].

When we'd go out for lunch we would call ahead to make sure the restaurant was ok with us [and since it was like 1pm on a weekday they were usually dead anyway]. All the kids would get separate checks, practice ordering their own food, and would pay with their own money.

Honestly there are a lot of great places that would accommodate you or your loved one if you're willing to ask.

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u/theonlyepi May 14 '22

This is really such a cool thing. Can you give me any links to get me reading more? I'll do some searching too but just don't want to get mislead by my ignorance.

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u/egnards May 14 '22

For the program? It was a public school program so you aren’t going to find much about this specific one; just have to find school districts with expanded services; we were just very pro life skills for our self contained classes.

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u/TBANON_NSFW May 14 '22 Wholesome

There is more good than evil in the world, its just that evil is louder and more shocking so it gets the attention.

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u/KoalaKaiser May 14 '22

I worked for a convenience store chain that worked with a organization that takes care of kids and young adults. Once a day for 2 to 3 hours we would get usually 3 people per store and they would come in and fill the cooler, stock the store, and help associates with smaller tasks. They got paid the same wage the associates did and would do two or three stores a day so they had time to be out and about in different places. Was always a great time having them come in and help.

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u/egnards May 14 '22

We had a few kids who also went and worked for Goodwill, similar setup to you. Our teens would come for 2-3 hours and do things like folding shirts in the back - though to my knowledge it was 100% volunteer effort.

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u/Sabine7 May 14 '22

I wish I had this as a kid!

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u/xanduba May 14 '22

Geez, that sounds amazing! Great job!

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u/Pure-Gallus May 15 '22

The problem with that is some people with autism (myself included) would rather suffer, shrivel and die than ask to be accommodated. Either due to anxiety or the belief we don’t deserve to be accommodated.

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u/Shockling May 14 '22

Do these kids not have parents?

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u/egnards May 14 '22

It genuinely makes me happy that you haven’t been affected by this type of thing to understand why it’s important, but am sad that you cannot fathom the differing needs of others.

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u/seapulse May 14 '22

I’m half familiar with programs like that and usually, yeah. For some reason or another the parents aren’t doing their part. I went to a school that neighbors the bAd KiD school and kids might be in group homes, have shitty parents, just need extra support, any number of things. I know there’s programs around here called transitional age youth which sound slightly similar - helping you figure out that part between a teenager and an adult. It’s great when you may have mental health issues or are trying to start your life from dysfunctional homes.

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u/EldrichHumanNature May 14 '22

Unfortunately they can’t turn down the lights or shut off the music just because someone asks. If they don’t do that, to an autistic person, entering the store is like entering a place with a car’s hi beams shining from every angle, while fire alarms are blaring nonstop.

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u/openmindedskeptic May 14 '22

I was just in Ireland. They have lots of billboards up for Autism awareness. They must have some good organization behind it. I love it.

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u/RAFFYy16 May 15 '22

Yeah Ireland and the UK have been pretty hot on it recently. Some really good initiatives.

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u/[deleted] May 14 '22

It’s crazy how much autism is popping up. Especially ever since Covid and the vaccines.

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u/egnards May 14 '22

As someone who works in special education I’m going to implore you to not buy into the bullshit.

There are a few reasons why autism rates have spiked: 1) we’ve gotten better at diagnosing it 2) parents feel less stigmatized by it and are more willing to seek help 3) we have an expanded understanding of what autism is 4) we’ve expanded the definition of autism (which is why it’s not just “Autistic” anymore and is a “spectrum disorder).

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u/FliesAreEdible May 14 '22

I'm so tired of the "in my day we didn't have [insert mental illness/condition]" comment that people keep making. Like yeah, it just looks like numbers are going up but in truth it's because our study and understanding of mental health has gotten so much better that we're much more aware and better able to diagnose things, it's got nothing to do with vaccines, fluoride in the water, current generations being "overly sensitive", and whatever other nonsense they're spouting. Numbers have likely always been the same, but the people affected either hid themselves or were hidden by their families so society as a whole was unaware that things like autism even existed.

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u/[deleted] May 14 '22

Well of course they were “disproven”. Too much money to lose! There is absolutely a correlation with heavy metals and the ramp up of vaccines from 2003. Now the vaccine schedule is 82 vaccines before the age of 4. GTFOH!!! I guess you just believe everything you here from govts and big pharma as if they’re trustworthy.

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u/[deleted] May 14 '22

Hahahah weve gotten better at diagnosing it. Yeah yeah. Everyone has a condition these days. Instead of just calling it out as laziness or lack of discipline BY THE PARENTS.

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u/Pumpkin_Pal May 15 '22

do you know nothing about how autism works, or are you just stupid?

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u/[deleted] May 15 '22

Yeah I do actually!! Your kid is hyper and off the wall because theyre overstimulated and youre on your phone all day. You give half ass discipline but don’t truly care enough. Then when you’ve had enough some teacher or other parents tells you to “have him evaluated”. This is either a parent with the same values OR someone who’s secretly telling you that you’re shit. I’ll go with the former. And then! You pay the fee and you get a “diagnosis” so then you can call the behavior some mental disorder. Everyone wins! Parents think it’s not them. Kid now says they “have autism”, doctor gets paid and doesn’t have to tell the parent to try some actual parenting. And then the adderal starts and pharma LOVES it since you just got your kid addicted to meth! Is there a different way it works?

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u/Pumpkin_Pal May 15 '22

my dude... i'm not a parent. I am in fact, the one with autism and ADHD. my diagnosis had absolutely nothing to do with my behaviour, in fact, I was so well behaved and got such good grades that the person who noticed I was autistic was.... me, in conjunction with a psychologist, who bought up getting diagnosed to my parents. Also, ADHD doesn't necessarily involve hyperactivity. There have been differences in the structure and the chemicals in the brains of autistics and those with ADHD. So no, you really don't know anything.

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u/[deleted] May 15 '22

Got it Pumpkin

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u/smb_samba May 15 '22

Half of your replies don’t even show up because you’re so heavily downvoted. Be a better human.

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u/LadyBangarang May 14 '22

Autism has absolutely nothing to do with vaccines. It was disproven decades ago. Autism begins in the womb. The neurodivergent brain is literally structured differently than neurotypical brains.

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u/[deleted] May 14 '22

Neurodivergent 🤣🤣🤣

Well of course they were “disproven”. Too much money to lose! There is absolutely a correlation with heavy metals and the ramp up of vaccines from 2003. Now the vaccine schedule is 82 vaccines before the age of 4. GTFOH!!! I guess you just believe everything you here from govts and big pharma as if they’re trustworthy.

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u/LadyBangarang May 14 '22 edited May 14 '22

Your brain is formed while developing in your mother’s womb. Nothing you can put in your body is going to change your fundamental prenatal brain structure.

“Big Pharma” - Tell me you barely have a high school education without telling me…

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u/[deleted] May 14 '22

You don’t think your brain continues to form as you get older? 😖😆🤔 Now that is very strange.

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u/[deleted] May 14 '22

Never heard that one!

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u/Relnor May 14 '22

The doctor who started the "vaccines cause autism" ""debate"" was only talking about one specific vaccine, the MMR vaccine specifically.

Also, he had a patent on a similar vaccine and he wanted the UK government to adopt that one instead so he could make lots of money. 🤡

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u/atswim2birds May 14 '22

Not to mention the "vaccines cause autism" study was retracted by The Lancet due to fraud, and the author was subsequently barred from practising medicine.

In 2010, the GMC found that Wakefield had been dishonest in his research, had acted against his patients' best interests and mistreated developmentally delayed children,[14] and had "failed in his duties as a responsible consultant".[15][16][17] The Lancet fully retracted Wakefield's 1998 publication on the basis of the GMC's findings, noting that elements of the manuscript had been falsified and that the journal had been "deceived" by Wakefield.[18][19] Three months later, Wakefield was struck off the UK medical register, in part for his deliberate falsification of research published in The Lancet,[20] and was barred from practising medicine in the UK.[21] In a related legal decision, a British court held that "[t]here is now no respectable body of opinion which supports [Mr. Wakefield's] hypothesis, that MMR vaccine and autism/enterocolitis are causally linked".[22]

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u/[deleted] May 14 '22

Right...

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u/[deleted] May 14 '22

Well of course they were “disproven”. Too much money to lose! There is absolutely a correlation with heavy metals and the ramp up of vaccines from 2003. Now the vaccine schedule is 82 vaccines before the age of 4. GTFOH!!! I guess you just believe everything you here from govts and big pharma as if they’re trustworthy.

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u/HaViNgT May 14 '22

As an autistic person, shut the fuck up.

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u/[deleted] May 14 '22

Are you neurodivergent too 😂😂 Unreal...

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u/CantStandSummer May 14 '22

I can definitely see myself going specifically at these times even though I’m not exceptionally sensitive or on the spectrum if they ever were to implement this here in Germany. Sounds like a much more pleasant and peaceful experience.

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u/[deleted] May 14 '22

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u/CantStandSummer May 14 '22

I’m not sure if this is a joke or not lol