Here we are with Autistic Lincs and in this edition we will be looking forwards to May 21 in Liverpool which will be another location for a peaceful protest.
You may recall my previous politically charged events such as my date in Parliament passing the Westminster Commission On Autism’s report on harmful treatments and fake cures for autistic people or my protest in Portsmouth.
Well, when Autistic Inclusive Meets (AIM) – an autistic-led charity in London – and I meet in Liverpool, we will be voicing our concerns in protest about another charity called Treating Autism.
Now, there are very real factors of an autistic identity that are ‘disabling’ but being autistic is not automatically a disability and, as outlined in the first ever Autistic Lincs column (Autism: A human story, March 6), it is not a disease. Treating Autism believe that we need to be cured and I find that idea immensely offensive.
Treating Autism believe that vaccines cause autism. I do not know if I have so publicly debunked this particular myth but it is just that; a myth.
Causation does not equal correlation, which means that just because you give your child a vaccine and then you see ‘autistic traits’ it does NOT mean that they are linked.
Unfortunately, the charity Treating Autism are under this influence and it is my
response that even if vaccines DID cause me to be autistic, I refuse to be seen as ‘vaccine-damaged’ as people involved in Treating Autism seem to.
Suicide rates in autistic people, young and old, are only going to rise if charities like Treating Autism keep promoting such self-destructive fallacies.
That is the real damage.
Treating Autism also believe that diets make you autistic and that by cutting out certain foods and such like gluten, casein and a host of other things touted as ‘cures,’ that you will lessen your ‘risk’ of being autistic.
Again, I vehemently oppose this thought process and subsequent action and can offer an alternative view on the issue of diets.
Revisiting the inaugural edition of this column, I mentioned a rainbow filter. “We can feel, hear, touch and sense the world and those around us in such high intensity that sometimes we need to turn down the brightness.”
We have an intensity of senses when it comes to the world but that also means we often have an intensity of senses when it comes to the food that the world offers us.
Basically, some foods we try will smell too intensely or feel too intensely (eg too rough, too smooth, too bright) and that’s when you get us refusing foods. Please be compassionate and constructive towards our sensory dislikes rather than starting conflict.
Forcefeeding us cannabis oils or camel milk (you read that correctly) or restricting our diets UNLESS we have a proven intolerance to something is not going to make our autistic selves go away and I wouldn’t want it to.
I would rather be treating ‘autism’ or more appropriately ‘autistic people’ with respect for our individual selves and accept us and harness our potential as comic book artists, inventors, thinkers, creators, human beings. That is some food for thought.
After all, two months into Autistic Lincs and the core message remains unchanged just like our autistic identities. It’s all in the brain.
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