GOOD

Jim ‘The Trim’ Goes the Extra Mile to Give a Boy With Autism a Haircut

Welsh barber ‘Jim the Trim’ has earned a totally new clientele, and he loves it.

Via YouTube

Getting a haircut can be a traumatizing experience for a child with autism. According to the nonprofit Autism Speaks, “Haircuts can sometimes be difficult for people with autism. The challenges can range from sensory issues to anxiety about what will happen during the haircutting process.” For months, little Mason’s parents, Jamie Lewis and Denine Davies, had taken him to multiple barbers in their section of Wales to get a haircut, and every time the scissors came out, Mason would run away.


But finally, in dire need of getting his locks trimmed, Mason’s parents took him to barber James “Jim the Trim” Williams. The barber made a few attempts to get Mason in the chair, but the boy ran away from him. So Williams tried a new approach. As Mason sat on the floor looking at an iPhone, Williams knelt down to his level and quietly got out his scissors. “We both lay on the floor in silence,” Williams said, “and he allowed me to cut away and give him his first proper haircut.”

Via Facebook

After posting photos of himself and Mason on Facebook, Williams’ story quickly went viral. Parents of children with autism began contacting Williams to see if he could cut their child’s hair, too. “Within a few hours, I just started looking at my phone and everything kept flickerin’,” Williams said, “and comments kept coming through with people saying they’re ‘absolutely amazed’ at what I had done. [Now] I have families coming in to asking to help their children.”

Williams looks forward to helping more families and getting more barbers involved to help children with autism. “I’m looking for a way to promote this,” Williams said, “to reach out to families to help them. We can get groups, charities, and obviously other barbers [to] set this up in America or Australia … next year could be exiting for me outside of being ‘Jim the Trim.’”


(H/T Pretty 52)

Articles

For more than 20 years. Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) has served the citizens of Maine in the U.S. Senate. For most of that time, she has enjoyed a hard-fought reputation as a moderate Republican who methodically builds bridges and consensus in an era of political polarization. To millions of political observers, she exemplified the best of post-partisan leadership, finding a "third way" through the static of ideological tribalism.

However, all of that has changed since the election of Donald Trump in 2016. Voters in Maine, particularly those who lean left, have run out of patience with Collins and her seeming refusal to stand up to Trump. That frustration peaked with the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.

Keep Reading Show less
Politics
NHM Vienna/Hans Reschreiter

Wealth inequality has been a hot topic of discussion as of late, but it's something that's occurred all throughout history. Class structure is a complicated issue, especially when you consider that haves and have nots have been in existence for over 4,000 years.

A study published in Science took a look at over 100 late Neolithic and early Bronze Age skeletons found in a burial site in southern Germany. The study "shed light on the complexity of social status, inheritance rules, and mobility during the Bronze Age." Partly by looking at their teeth and the artifacts they were buried with, researchers were able to discover that wealth inequality existed almost 4,000 years ago. "Our results reveal that individual households lasting several generations consisted of a high-status core family and unrelated low-status individuals, a social organization accompanied by patrilocality and female exogamy, and the stability of this system over 700 years," the study said.

Keep Reading Show less
Culture
via Truthout.org / Flickr and Dimitri Rodriguez / Flickr

Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign looks to be getting a huge big shot in the arm after it's faced some difficulties over the past few weeks.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a leading voice in the Democratic parties progressive, Democratic Socialist wing, is expected to endorse Sanders' campaign at the "Bernie's Back" rally in Queens, New York this Saturday.

Fellow member of "the Squad," Ilhan Omar, endorsed him on Wednesday.

Keep Reading Show less
Politics

When former Pittsburgh Steelers' center Mike Webster committed suicide in 2002, his death began to raise awareness of the brain damage experienced by NFL football players. A 2017 study found that 99% of deceased NFL players had a degenerative brain disease known as CTE (chronic traumatic encephalopathy). Only one out of 111 former football players had no sign of CTE. It turns out, some of the risks of traumatic brain injury experienced by heavily padded adults playing at a professional level also exist for kids with developing brains playing at a recreational level. The dangers might not be as intense as what the adults go through, but it can have some major life-long consequences.

A new PSA put out by the Concussion Legacy Foundation raises awareness of the dangers of tackle football on developing brains, comparing it to smoking. "Tackle football is like smoking. The younger I start, the longer I am exposed to danger. You wouldn't let me smoke. When should I start tackling?" a child's voice can be heard saying in the PSA as a mother lights up a cigarette for her young son.

Keep Reading Show less
via ICE / Flickr

The Connors family, two coupes from the United Kingdom, one with a three-month old baby and the other with twin two-year-olds, were on vacation in Canada when the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) turned their holiday into a 12-plus day-long nightmare.

On October 3, the family was driving near the U.S.-Canada border in British Columbia when an animal veered into the road, forcing them to make an unexpected detour.

The family accidentally crossed into the United States where they were detained by ICE officials in what would become "the scariest experience of our lives," according to a complaint filed with the inspector general of the Department of Homeland Security.

Keep Reading Show less
Travel