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Down Syndrome on Shabbos

Are people who have autism or down syndrome considered a chole shein bo sakana with regard to Shabbos allowing the possibility of violating rabbinic prohibitions on their behalf. For example if there is an autistic person who only likes to eat food hot could you ask a non jew to microwave the food for the autistic person?


Down Syndrome and Autism are conditions which require special treatment to maintain their safety and health. They would not be considered a choleh for taking care of their average needs, as this does not cure or help their illness in any way. If due to their illness they are in a situation where they may become ill or very agitated etc. they may be treated as a choleh to relieve them of their distress.

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