Valerie Foley

We have to tell these stories…

In Action, Medical on March 9, 2013 at 5:00 am

We have to tell these stories…

This story, unfolding in the USA as I type, is horrific.

In short, a young man with severe autism is being denied appropriate (hell, any) medical care while being held in restraints. For his own safety, one can only assume, though the restraint injuries on his body (among many other abuses) tell a different story.

While the autism community, internationally, has rightly leapt to the support of this family, it’s important to remember that what’s going on there goes on, to varying degrees, everywhere. All the time.

How many of us have been told ‘it’s just autism’? How many of us have stared into the face of a doctor who has absolutely nothing to offer our children? How many of us have bowed to institutional medical pressure, despite every one of our instincts screaming, ‘This is not right’?

If the medical fraternity is happy to stand by and make ‘I don’t know’ faces in the wake of accelerating ASD diagnosis rates, then they should probably consider stepping up and working out how and when to treat autistic folk. If they are struggling now, they’re going to lie down and weep in five years or so.

The more we tell these stories, the less acceptable they will become. The more we tell these stories, the less they will happen.

End of story.

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