Jacqueline Laurita's Autistic Son Was Kicked Out Of A Library, And She Decided Not To Stay Silent About It
How Jacqueline Laurita found out about her son’s autism
Jacqueline and Chris Laurita were overjoyed when they welcomed their son Nicholas in 2009. The boy was reaching milestone after milestone, much to the delight of his proud parents.
The Lauritas grew concerned when 18-month-old Nicholas started to lose speech and motor skills and stopped reacting to his name and people around him. Months later, Nick was diagnosed with autism.
Although Nick’s diagnosis was difficult to process at first, Jacqueline and Chris received overwhelming support from other parents of kids with autism. The Lauritas are doing everything they can for their son to have a normal life.
An incident at the library
Nicholas Laurita is 9 years old now. His parents have been sharing his progress every step of the way, and it seems he’s doing great. Most of his interactions with others are positive. However, some people aren’t always friendly and accepting.
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Jacqueline and her son were at the Franklin Lakes Library. Nick was picking DVDs and tapping on them, occasionally making humming noises. One member of staff thought that the boy’s behavior was inappropriate and asked the mom and son to leave.
So..Nicholas got kicked out of one of his favorite spots(our PUBLIC library)this week. I guess non contextual vocals & tapping 2ce on the DVD’s are frowned upon. He had a meltdown as I struggled to get him to leave. Not one person offered or tried to help, or even opened the door for us. They just watched me struggle to get him out… as asked. 😔 My heart hurt so bad for the both of us after I got him out of there. The day before he had such a great experience there. I wish everyone understood #Autism . Time to go back and educate them! Time for inclusion. #autismawareness #autismawarenessmonth #ChrisAndJacFightBack
As Jacqueline wrote in an Instagram post, her son didn’t want to leave and had a meltdown. Other visitors of the library simply looked on and no one offered help. People in the library simply assumed Nick was just a typical kid having a tantrum.