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Lynn Chubb, back, is seen with her autistic son Adrian, right, her other son Ameron, along with Adrian’s guide dog Echo.
STEPHENVILLE Lynn Chubb of Stephenville Crossing is disturbed over what a woman, who was a shopper at a downtown store in Stephenville, had to say about her autistic son.
She said there are different levels of autism, and eight-year-old Adrian has one of the more severe cases. He’s non-verbal and part of his autism involves him grabbing at various objects and throwing them around.
While out shopping with both her kids on Tuesday, Adrian was grabbing and tossing things in the store, then grabbed a package of foil wrap and tossed it, which hit a woman’s leg.
Chubb said the woman “tutted” and said little brats should be caged.
“She caught me off guard, so I asked her what she said and she repeated it,” she said. “I told her he was a special needs child.
“I kind of lost it and went back at her and had some words about her ignorance on these matters.”
Chubb said it was obvious to anyone with common sense that her son — strapped in a harness and tethered to his guide dog Echo — has a disability.
“I think people should have better respect for people with disabilities and if they can’t handle going where there are people with special needs, then maybe they shouldn’t go out in public,” she said.
She said that throwing things doesn’t make him a bad kid and that people should realize that and be patient with him and any other kids with special needs.
Chubb said her son is energetic and that his guide dog is there for his safety — basically to anchor him. She said that things are much better for him now that Echo is part of his life.
Adrian will be attending Grade 1 when school opens next month.