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Celebrating Chris Packham, his Asperger's and Return of the Wolves


By Spalding Today Columnist


Welcome back to Autistic Lincs!

Now, for many of us, Chris Packham's contributions to society have been via his wildlife TV show offerings such as Springwatch. However, when his documentary Asperger's And Me hit our screens, he registered on a whole new kind of radar.

In Talent Speaks For Itself (Lincs Free Press, June 15, 2018) I asked how Lee Ridley AKA Lost Voice Guy and comedian Robert White might choose to utilise their positions of power, what 'causes' they would fight for and perhaps which charities they would align with.

And while I feel like they are both doing well for themselves, I am admittedly unclear about their current journeys. The same can be said for Chris Packham; however, I DO know a place he visited last week: Gosberton House School.

The ECO school status of Gosberton House School aka GHS could not be a better match for the environment enthusiast and I am so happy that a man with his privilege would connect with such a place, let alone a local one. I may have mentioned this before, but many years ago, I worked at GHS - only for a year, but I learned a lot about myself and have learned so much more since as an autistic man and would love to return one day very, very soon.

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Callum Brazzo (5483301)

Chris Packham also participated in an interview for the new documentary Return Of The Wolves, with the creators emanating from Lincoln. This is culturally intriguing but also symbolic of autistic nature. Chris was reported as saying once on a website about wolves and lynxes in the UK: "People are resistant to the idea of them coming back, which is a shame...because we do know better and we do need them and it would be tremendously exciting.”

I will not claim to know all of the factors involved in reintroducing these pure beauties into specific parts of the world but aren't autistic people much like wolves and lynxes and the 'norms' of society?

Autistic people 'coming back' from the depths of oppression, after many years of such counter-productive therapies like ABA and other, more apparent, abuse like the bleach enemas I've mentioned before. But it is tremendously exciting to have Chris Packham in our world because as with all autistic people, we can offer so much.

So with Chris and GHS as leaders in their respective sectors of humanity, you could say they're ahead of the Packham. Puns aside, they show that by putting autistic people forward and working WITH them in the world of school and work, it can be a Really Wild Show.

More on GHS here:

http://www.gosberton-house.lincs.sch.uk/page/?title=ECO+School&pid=277

More on Return Of The Wolves documentary:

https://www.facebook.com/ROTWFilm/

I'll be protesting against ABA next week in London and more info on this can be found here:

https://www.facebook.com/events/464599243973048/?active_tab=discussion

Questions on Autistic Led, the new 18+ autistic adult support and action group?

Email autisticled@tonic-health.co.uk or contact me on Facebook or through the Free Press, call or text me on 07904 677 813.

Until Next Tuesday!



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