Scott Crellin created happy Christmas memories for dozens of families of autistic children last year when he pioneered a ”Sensitive Santa” program at Highpoint Shopping Centre.

The centre’s general manager knew from firsthand experience with his son Cooper, 6, that being told to sit on a strange man’s lap in a noisy shopping centre could cause great distress for autistic children, excluding them from a childhood rite of passage.

In his efforts to better understand Cooper’s condition Mr Crellin came across details of a ”Sensitive Santa” program in the US, which gave families the chance to book 20-minute appointments with a well-briefed Santa in a quiet environment before the shops opened.

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The Roman emperor Commodus (180 - 192 CE) was the target of a far-reaching conspiracy by highly placed senators. Initially, his favorite concubine tried to poison him, but he merely became ill and vomited up the poison, without realizing the cause of his sickness. Luckily, there was a backup plan. Commodus died that same night, strangled in his bathtub by an athlete named Narcissus who was employed as his wrestling partner.

#Day4 #40DaySoulFast #HighPoints …….Isaiah 54:2-4; 2 Corinthians 8:10….. “Only a man who knows what it is like to be defeated can reach down to the bottom of his soul and come up with the extra ounce of power it takes to win.” - Muhammad Ali

more highlights of the day
  • listening to indian chicks discuss their drama at lunch. indian names are hilarious.
  • finishing all of my damn homework. (/flex)
  • being fated to have another dinner date with aileen
  • amusing myself with spacecloud’s tweets. (i like all of them! /wink)
  • OH LOL highlight of yesterday, professor lahey gave me a compliment in jyip’s interview with her.
Chinese City Sets Up "No Cell Phone" Pedestrian Lanes
An anonymous reader writes The Chinese city of Chongqing has created a smartphone sidewalk lane, offering a path for those too caught up in messaging and tweeting to watch where they’re going. “There are lots of elderly people and children in our street, and walking with your cell phone may cause unnecessary collisions here,” said Nong Cheng, a spokeswoman for the district’s property management company. However, she clarified that the initiative was meant to be a satirical way to highlight the dangers of texting and walking.

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