Thanks to the media’s stereotyped representation of autistic people, many believe that autism comes with a set of savant abilities attached to it. While this might be true for some autistics, it’s not everyone’s reality and it doesn’t mean they are “less autistic” because of it. I’m naturally good at anything related to visual art; illustration, painting, sculpture, embroidery, lettering, although I wouldn’t necessarily call it a “savant ability” since I need a bit of practice to get there. I certainly learn quicker than most but still isn’t something I can do with a snap of a finger. Don’t spread the idea that autistic people have to be savants to be respected because it’s damaging to those who don’t have any stereotypical skill (like good at math, eidetic memory.) This narrative perpetuates the idea that being autistic is okay, as long as you have savant abilities to “balance” it. Autistics shouldn’t have to have “superpowers” in order to be respected, and they certainly don’t have to prove their value by being special in certain areas. We’re valuable because we’re people. Period.
It’s hard to start a response to this article without telling @thetimes to go fuck themselves, so I won’t bother trying not to.
Are children with special needs not pupils too? Are my boys not worthy of an education just like any other child?
Isn’t the reality that this shambles of a government have consistently underfunded all schools, just like they have so many other services in this country?That the councils are wasting the money they do have and putting the blame elsewhere?
They are trying to deflect any of the blame from themselves to children just like mine. Making out we are a financial burden to the rest of the country.
It’s not as if they’re even providing the funding to meet the needs of special needs children anyway.
Last week at our parents meet up, the main topic of conversation was schooling. The fight that families have to go through to get an Educational Health Care Plan (clearly because they don’t want to spend the money) Then the fight once that EHCP is in place to actually get the schools to follow it.
If you want your child to attend a special needs school often there’s not enough places, especially if you’re trying to make the switch from mainstream to special needs.
Many families are being forced to take their children out of school and being left without a place, having to home school instead.
So the wait for diagnosis and EHCP’s is too long, there’s not enough schools, there’s not enough places in schools, and the solution is to place the blame at society’s door. Blame our children.
To try and turn the rest of the country against families like mine, just like they’ve done asylum seekers, and anyone on benefits.
“But but...autism is just genetic!” 😑😑😑 If you or your child is on the spectrum, they probably have heavy metals built up as the latest studies show...they basically all do. Get a hair test done for metals and get your child healthy. Recoveries are happening because autism is a result of toxic saturated environment—aka it is reversible. Wake up to the reality of autism and healing. ...
Us looking very tired at Bogotá airport this morning around 28 hours into our 33 hour journey! The mountain view put a smile on our face and made our travels a little more bearable.
Pleased to say that we’ve now arrived safely in Cusco and have just got back from a slow stroll around the city. We’ve been taking it easy today to acclimatise to the altitude, having gone from less than 150m elevation in Jersey to around 3,400m in Cusco 😳
Feeling dizzy and dehydrated but no sickness or bad headaches yet so hopefully we can avoid that and our bodies adjust soon so that we’re fighting fit for our training trek tomorrow 🤞🏼 ...