AUTISTIC LINCS: Bringing Acceptance To Action
Hello there! Callum Brazzo here, continuing to make Autistic Lincs.
I am feeling overjoyed that our one-year anniversary week was so well received and this is massive encouragement to keep bringing more live content.
If you are not online or you don't know what happened, last week I was at the esteemed Gosberton House Academy, listed as autism specialist, and I sat down to talk to the principle Louise Stanton and listen to the children's perspective of their school.
I was impressed.
Sitting down with Louise Stanton was big for me on a personal level too because I'd worked with her on a course in 2011 but, as I was finding myself in that period, had never conversed as the adults we are now and it was a special moment.
That was on Friday but we had a lot going on all day, as per usual, so let's keep it moving.
The world is currently rife with vaccination and anti-vaccination rhetoric battles and the past several days have been subject to lots of articles, perhaps most notably Facebook, who have said that they will crackdown on anti-vaccine content and, according to Wired Magazine's report, "it will no longer allow it to be promoted through ads or recommendations", and will make it less prominent in search results. The social network will not take down anti-vaccine posts entirely, however. The company also said it was exploring ways to give users more context about vaccines from “expert organisations.”
As far as I can comprehend, I have no qualms with organisations that have scientifically proven and morally grounded roots in its arguments.
I don't want autistic people to die or to suffer based on lies and against the fact that diseases kill people.
And autism is not a disease.
But even when people have the best intentions and DON'T see autism as a disease, abuse can occur as is evidenced by the Mendip Injustice.
Two years ago, I protested the cover-up from the National Autistic Society (NAS), at their Somerset care home Mendip House. The Mendip House Injustice is abhorrent and I won't post details here as I have referenced some of them in the past but it was five years, before the protest, that this had been going on for. But it doesn't end there.
Because now, I am protesting again.
Autistic Inclusive Meets (AIM), an autistic-led charity in London, says this about the protest they have organised:
"The National Autistic Society held their own private investigation in 2014, they hid the horrific excuse carried out on Mendip residents until 2016 when a whistle blower exposed then to the council.
"The residents were highly vulnerable autistic adults. They had money taken from them, were sworn at and harassed.
They were thrown into swimming pools and fed hot chillies.
This was done by NAS staff.
The NAS has just been fined £4,000 with no prosecution. This is an insult to the residents and their families."
I know that may be hard to read for many of you, especially if you came to read my thoughts on the Gosberton House Academy live, but amongst all the clutter of our lives, these are the kinds of very real issues I am aware of and am fighting. However, I do not fight with fists.
It would be simple yet wasteful to fight in a physical sense so I choose words. I use my platforms to lift others up instead of burying them down.
I fight with knowledge and I fight with humanity.
Gosberton House Academy, accounted for by my visit on Friday, is a place of security and a place of power and we must protect and nurture it at all costs because the cost of an autistic life is far too much to compromise for the sake of a badly understood 'treatment'.
Despite the efforts we can make with our words, our art and our legal documentation alike, talk is cheap...
As we approach Autism Acceptance Month, I ask all my readers to bring acceptance to action.
Further Reading and Events:
(Bourne autistic pioneer)
David Snape Show- Walk For Autism
AIM Protest – Mendip Injustice
Department of Ability Comic OUT NOW:
YouTube TEDx talk on autistic potential by yours truly:
Autistic Lincs Facebook page:
Till next time, you can contact me via Lincs Free Press or via Facebook and Twitter at 'Callum Brazzo' with any thoughts or questions.
Ciao for now!