Note: You can smell the irony in this story like a horse farm behind a pig farm next to a cow farm on a hot Texas day. New Jersey has one of the highest autism rates in the nation. The cute kids everyone buys blue light bulbs for in April in a do nothing feel good effort are going to grow into adulthood. The ones who aren't killed by a restraint or murdered by a distraught parent or drowned as a result of wandering, that is. For those who grow into adulthood the questions never end for families: Where will they live? What will they do all day? How will they survive financially? Who will care for them now and when we die? The stress and anxiety is crippling in so many ways.
So imagine the revulsion we feel toward people who would be so against a community of people with autism that they would defile the property bought to create a loving, safe home. A home for people like your sons, daughters and my daughters. I picture a bunch of Hunter booted women in $100 yoga pants creeping across the property to wreak havoc late at night in a last ditch effort to chase away the...autistic. In some states, group homes for autism are also including SEX OFFENDERS. Can you imagine a more dangerous "roommate" for our loved ones?
In 2019, we are launching a new member of the Autism Age non-profit family called Autism Ages. We'll be a community of diverse voices sharing ideas, helping each other learn how to navigate the future for our loved ones and I hope, learning from adults on the spectrum who will join us. Stay tuned. If you want to be an early participant, email me at AutismAges@gmail.com. We also have sponsorship opportunities.
Neighbors debased farm for autistic adults with graffiti and horse manure: lawsuit
MIDDLETOWN - When a charitable organization tried to buy a farm on Middletown’s affluent Navesink River Road to use as a home for adults with autism, neighbors went to great lengths to block the sale and even tried to bribe the seller to back out of the deal, court papers allege.
When that didn’t work, and the sale went through, neighbors embarked on a pattern of harassment that included debasing the property with menacing graffiti and dumping hundreds of pounds of horse manure on the grounds, the court papers said.
Superior Court Judge Dennis R. O’Brien, sitting in Monmouth County, last year dismissed a lawsuit brought by Oasis Therapeutic Life Centers Inc. against its neighbors, saying the charitable organization failed to set forth a valid claim under the state’s Law Against Discrimination.
But a panel of appellate judges on Monday reinstated the lawsuit, saying the overarching goal of the Law Against Discrimination “is nothing less than the eradication of the cancer of discrimination." Read more at NJ's App.com.