Health Care & Rehabilitation Services — Bullying a Disabled Adult
The following happened because my disgruntled teenage son sneak tape recorded his parents in the privacy of their home, during an extremely stressful period of their lives when it was impossible to make their voice tones perfect.
My husband, who has some cognitive diffuculties, was asked to attend a special meeting called ACT 264, which was supposed to help provide resources for his challenged teenage son. But when he walked in, he was greeted by people with intimidating voices and daggering eye glares. Led by Bill Metcalfe, they interrogated him without mercy, duressing him for a "bad parent" confession.
My husband's cognitive disabilities were known of by at least two credentialed people in that room, but they made not a peep in his defense. Nobody warned him that he would need a lawyer. He was offered no accomodation, allowed no chance to get an advocate, no warning of the adversarial need for a tape recorder because licensed practitioners had claimed beforehand that they only wanted to help.
This bullying was perpetrated in front of his disabled teenage son, degrading the father and resulting in devastating humiliation for both. Thus was agreement extracted that the State should take custody of his son.
Beset with shell-shock, my husband literally staggered away to return to his job while a licensed social worker (away from the rest of them) assured him that the child removal was about funding, not parental wrongdoing.
Once he was at work, trembling and unable to concentrate, he was assaulted with a phone call from HCRS's Linda Heimerdinger who demoralized him for "raising your voice" at his teenager. She declared that she never, ever raised her voice around her own teens at her home. I doubt she ever got sneak tape recorded to prove it!
Now my husband has serious PTSD symptons but no job. He lost his job because the stress rendered him unable to perform adequately, and he never was able to get another one. But nobody cares about the parent
in this system. You are merely another "bad parent" with a name in their file.