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September 12, 2016 / barton smock

autism, intellectual disability – please share, act, and/or witness

please take a moment with this post from my sister-in-law, Amy Smock:
Imagine a muggy, 90-degree day. With the heat index it actually feels like 95-degrees. Now imagine being on a bus. On a bus that is sitting dormant; no air conditioning blowing through the vents and no breeze flowing through cracked windows. Now imagine being on said bus from 9:00am until 2:00pm. 5 hours. Now imagine you cannot speak, you cannot communicate your needs. There is no one around you to go to. All you know is that 5 days a week, for the past 7 years, you have been getting on this bus at your home and traveling 2.4 miles where a staff member from the adult workshop you attend comes to get you. Now imagine no one comes to get you. Inside, you know this not right. This is not the routine. But you can’t say a word. You can’t tell the bus driver to stop. Wait. This isn’t the routine. Instead, you’re taken on another trip. A trip you’ve never been on before. Except when you get there, the staff member isn’t there either. And the bus driver gets off the bus. And again you think, this isn’t right. Stop. Wait. This isn’t the routine. But you can’t say a word. So instead you wait. You wait because someone must be coming to get you. Because, for the past 7 years, 5 days a week, that has been the routine. So you wait. For 5 hours. On a locked bus. On a 95-degree, Summer day. For 5 hours. This is exactly what my sister, Alisha, went through on Thursday, September 8, 2016 in Lancaster, Ohio. My sister, Alisha, a 29-year-old woman who has Autism and an Intellectual Disability. A woman who can’t, and never has been able to, communicate her needs to those around her. A woman who, for the past 29 years, has relied on loving, caring, supportive people to be advocates for her. But on Thursday, that was also taken away from her as she was left on a city operated bus, for 5 hours. My family and I need your support. We are determined to provide Alisha with some form, any form, of Justice. As of today, with an ongoing investigation, these are the facts we have and it is Alisha’s Word against the bus driver’s. A Word she does not possess. So we are asking you, from the bottom of our hearts, to do any of the following: 1. Share this post. 2. Visit… submit an intake form describing the mistreatment. 3. Send any names of agencies you think may be able to help bring justice to this situation. I want to thank you on behalf of Alisha, and our entire family, for taking the time to read this. We cannot, and will not, allow this to be swept under the rug. #JusticeForLittyLou

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