Mother Raising Her Own Voice Over Restaurant's Ban on Screaming Kids

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Many autistic children scream. It's what they do.

Forbidding an autistic child to scream can be like requiring a paraplegic person to dance the Charleston, so Kelly Chambliss, the mother of an autistic son, claims a restaurant's policy against screaming children is blatant discrimination and a violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

The words on the door of Olde Salty's in Carolina Beach, N.C. read: "Screaming children will not be tolerated."

Chambliss tells the ABC affiliate in Wilmington, N.C., that she and the restaurant's manager had words of their own on the subject three weeks ago. Apparently, the conversation didn't go well.

Manager Brenda Armes tells WCET Chambliss accused her of singling out autistic children.

"And I said, 'Autism is not a word on that sign, ma'am'," Armes tells the station.For her part, Chambliss tells the station Armes made it very clear certain people were not welcome at the restaurant.

"She looked at me and said, 'I cannot believe you even take him in public. You must be the only one that does'," Chambliss tells WCET.

Chambliss tells the station she believes the restaurant's sign is illegal. However, she didn't say whether or not she was considering legal action.

"I really think she needs to meet some of these kids, and I think she needs to see that they are awesome," Chambliss adds. "Please don't shut them out because they don't fit in the perfect box everyone wants them in."

Armes tells WCET no one will be kicked out of the restaurant. Parents will just be asked to step outside until their child quits screaming.

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AdviceMama Says:
Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.