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Big news week for Autistic Lincs

By Spalding Today Columnist

Hello there! Callum Brazzo here, continuing to make Autistic Lincs.

First off, there WILL be exclusive content coming soon on the Autistic Lincs Facebook page, I promise!

Alright, well it's been another manic week with news to report and especially news to hone in on.

Katie Price saying that she needs to put her autistic son Harvey in residential care (confirmed last Friday as official) because he is 'danger to himself' and 'scares other children.'

Marshall Bourne suffering a fractured neck after being assaulted in Tunbridge Wells and, at the time of writing, without a formal statement because the police force don't have a specially trained officer to ensure the integrity of any evidenced supplied by Marshall.

In these two stories alone, you have the stark contrast of 'protection' and peril.

I highlight the word protection because of the supposition involved in what the danger is here.

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There are autistic people with high support needs, of course, and also autistic people with co-occurring conditions like Harvey who is also blind with Prader-Wili syndrome. However, as I referenced in last week's article with therapies...it's important to discuss whose needs are being served by the therapy (or residential care in this case) being delivered.

Let's stop treating autistic people as 'babies' or 'less than.' Simply human will do.

In no way am I suggesting tha Katie Price is 'evil' but there are questions raised in my mind because people send autistic people to ATUs or assessment and treatment units and a lot of the rationale behind those decisions can be unpacked in a different way.

And from the high-profile celebrity case with Katie Price and Harvey, we come to Marshall Bourne.

He and his family feel let down by Kent Police, but the same principle applies here as with Harvey's perceived issues.

Base all decisions on a foundation of humanity, presume competence, absorb input from actually autistic people (follow the #ActuallyAutistic hashtag on Twitter for just a few insights) and finally, to reiterate, observe whose needs are being served in the situation.

Concluding our paper issue this week, I want to update people on a project I intially introduced February a yea ago called Compass. Original article here.

The update is that I plan to have what I am calling a 'progression of realities.' This is to mean that I will have a trio of 'related but stand-alone' productions in the following order; book – short film – theatre show.

So far, the first draft of the book is finished with the working title Janice.

I will be posting the unofficial blurb for the book on the Autistic Lincs Facebook page.

The short film will likely be about the beginning of the book and the theatre show...will be Compass as planned.

Sprinkled in all of the productions will be an autistic character and a lady with dementia and I bring all of this up because as you may already know, I am a massive believer in the arts and its capacity to contribute to our communities.

So what better way to promote autistic-led content for the masses that can serve to fight against stigmas, the horrors of ATUS and hate crime than through these platforms for change.

Further Reading:

Thinking Person's Guide to Autism

Make Audio Recording Mandatory for PIP:

Fashionable And Functional Adult Stim Jewellery:

Autistic Lincs Facebook Page

18+ Autistic Adult Support Group:Autistic Led

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!


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