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Good to see autistic woman Anne 'The Governess' Hegerty of The Chase on I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here

By Spalding Today Columnist

Welcome back to Autistic Lincs and a hot topic this past week has understandably been Anne Hegerty and her time in the I'm A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here jungle TV show.

The reason, initially at least, is that the quizzing brainbox from ITV's The Chase is openly autistic and discussions have already manifested in this very public platform.

(What was I saying before about having responsibilities in Feedback And Foodchains, Lincs Free Press, 20th November 2018?)

I have not covered all of the press on this situation and at the time of writing this column, I am not fully updated on Anne's journey and such, but it is certainly positive, on the face of it all, for all involved that a public figure like Anne is on the show.

I said that initially the reason this is all prominent news because of Anne's openly autistic nature, however, I believe that we could enter a realm of pity and tokenism if we carry on putting Anne at the centre of trials because of the 'amusement' and 'entertainment' that viewers gain from her autistic nature.

Anne Hegerty on I'm A Celeb... (5602246)
Anne Hegerty on I'm A Celeb... (5602246)

She is not on the show because she is autistic and Anne said herself that she doesn't bring up the 'autism issue' but she's happy to talk about it and that is awesome and makes me feel great as an autistic man.

Especially so when considering concerns I have expressed over Paddy and Christine McGuiness's new show about parents and autistic people (probably in 2019)

(More thoughts on this in Don't Get In A Paddy, Lincs Free Press 20th July 2018.)

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