Peers rally for Autistic/SPD Student turned away from dance

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21 Feb 2017, 4:32 am

Teens support classmate with autism after he is turned away from dance

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Max Bedard, 14, has autism and a sensory processing disorder. His mother Michelle said he can only wear certain materials and clothing and others can even cause him anxiety.

“There are things that are extremely, extremely uncomfortable for him,” said Bedard. “He can’t wear buttons. His socks, I have to be careful what kind of socks I get him. The sewing around the toe can be very irritating.”

Max went to his school dance on Friday in sweatpants, clothing he was comfortable in. He said when he arrived, school officials told him his clothing did not fit the dress code and he had to leave.

“I cried about it so I decided to stay home because I felt really embarrassed and upset,” said Max. Bedard said five minutes after she dropped Max off, she was called and told to come pick him up.


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22 Feb 2017, 2:41 pm

It's rare for this sort of support to occur. It's very heartening.



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24 Feb 2017, 11:28 am

First time I've heard of the "wear blue for autism" thing actually being used to support an autistic person instead of oppressing them. Nice!

And typical CYA from the school: "We didn't ask him to leave, we asked him to change." What if he couldn't? What if that was the fanciest dress he could handle wearing? It's so classic - bureaucracy offers false choice of "do something your disability prevents, or get left out". Ugh.



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24 Feb 2017, 12:28 pm

Yay, discrimination. Also, what if someone was too poor to rent a suit? They knew of his disability and decided to target him when I'm sure there's others there wearing revealing attire and other dress-code violations.


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24 Feb 2017, 12:35 pm

Of course they should have let him in the dance, but mom should have called the school in advance and informed them of her son's attire and the reasons he was wearing sweat pants. Doesn't seem like anyone intentionally wanted to hurt his feelings.