Yesterday whilst enjoying a picnic in our local park, my husband and I picked a shady tree close to the children's play area which is mostly used by mothers with their toddlers. Close to the facility are included picnic tables, conveniently placed for the mothers and children but obviously usable by all.
At one point we noticed a man with obvious mental impairment and his carer walking through the park. The man, for whatever reason, had serious issues with rage and frustration, and whenever he felt annoyed would shout loudly, stamp his feet and yell out loudly, until placated by his carer.
A short while later they sat down at the picnic tables in the children's area for a packed lunch. Several times the man had loud tantrums, very similar to the ones some of the toddlers were having too, but obviously much more loudly, and several toddlers ran up, looked in curiosity and then ran off in fright to the safety of their mothers.
My husband was of the opinion that the carer should have taken his charge to a quieter area so that children would not potentially be scared by him, but I have a different view.
I think that, no matter how small the child, we need to teach them from an early age that some of us do not conform to a standard human pattern. We cannot and hopefully do not, hide away those with physical disfigurements so, provided no physical violence and endangerment is likely, those with mental impairment should be able to move freely in society, obviously with the help of carers when necessary.
What do other people think?
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