THE NATIONAL AUTISTIC SOCIETY IS NOW, EXPLICITLY BY ITS OWN DECLARATION, LEAVING CHILDREN ENDANGERED AND NEGLECTING TO PROTECT THEM.
This holds right now for its Scottish section, and will hold for it Britishwide if it is not seen to make any immediate intervention against said section and its director Jenny Paterson. ANY DEALINGS WITH THE NAS ARE DEALINGS WITH HURTING KIDS. ANY OTHER AUTISM ORGANISATION WISHING TO SPARE ITSELF THAT TAINT HAS A DUTY TO TREAT THE NAS AS PARIAH AND EXCLUDE WORKING WITH IT.
Real families can see whether you do, and see the impact on their kids’ lives. Real school leavers can see the impact on themselves.
After the aspie society ELAS pressed NAS Scottish section office on its reliability of answering contacts, only through the embarrassment felt by the office worker who had taken on our contact was it extracted that Paterson sent an answer to something she had been silent about for 7 months. Back on Feb 25 she had invited an aspie to contribute to the NAS’s latest campaign then had ignored his acceptance of the invitation and stopped answering. Her answer to ELAS now still ignores and never mentions that invitation, and she continues to, as has not answered a one-line enquiry about it sent on Sep 20 in prompt reply to her. Meanwhile, here is what her answer of Sep 20 says on the issue raised by demonstration at NAS’s last AGM in York 10 months ago:
< I understand the injustices you have raised, and sympathise with your situation. However, The National Autistic Society is unable to campaign about rights of child authors. As am I’m sure you appreciate, there are hundreds of things that we would like to change about policy and the rights of autistic people but, with limited funds to campaign, we have to prioritise to make sure we have as much impact as is possible.
We decide what to campaign about based on two key factors:
- The likelihood that a change will help autistic people and families: each year, we survey and consult with autistic people and families and ask what changes would make the most difference.
- The likelihood that we could persuade national or local Government, businesses or members of the public to make a change.
Based on the feedback we got from autistic people and families in our latest consultation, we decided to focus on:
- reducing waiting times for diagnosis
- increasing teacher training on autism
- campaigning to improve local autism services
- improving public understanding of autism (our Too Much Information campaign)
I hope this explains our position.
Please be assured that our charity cares hugely about building a better, fairer society for autistic people to live in, and I am very sorry if you feel this is not a case. However this is my final position on our campaigning plans and priorities, and I am unable to offer any further assistance regarding child authorship. >
Now, this is a one-off answer extracted after months of silence obviously hoping to avoid answering, hence it does not follow a spurt of correspondence. Yet she is rude enough to write a bureaucrats’ closure, a proclamation of final answer. Even nasty bureaucrats usually only do that after a spurt of correspondence when they have run out of evasions. She does it in her one-off late answer to something she had simply sat silent on for 7 months. This is very aggressive. It exposes an extreme hostility, to an issue of maltreated aspie kids, an agenda the whole time against them and doing anything for them. Also she does this deviously so as never to actually answer what she was asked! For she was asked simply to mention that wronged child authors exist, in every literature that mentions or advertises successful child authors. That is not campaigning that needs any resources or time priorities allocated to it.
Single sentence mentions, incorporated into NAS writings that are already going to happen, expend no extra resources or work at all. They are a simple no-effort step to add into what NAS does already. Yet she answers only to the practicality of big extra campaigning then rudely shuts down all contact with her about child authors at all, KNOWINGLY LEAVING NEVER ANSWERED THE SIMPLE NO-EFFORT ACTION THEY CAN TAKE.
THAT IS VISIBLY CALCULATING AVOIDANCE OF KIDS’ NEEDS AND SAFETY FROM CRUELTY. THAT IS VISIBLE MALICE AGAINST HELPING TO PREVENT A CHILD CRUELTY, EVEN AFTER JIMMY SAVILE A VISIBLE WISH FOR SOME KIDS TO SUFFER INVISIBLY SO THAT THE BUSINESS PR USING OTHER KIDS CAN BE KEPT ROSY.
What’s more, even her timing is sneaky: she sent this email on Sep 20, just 2 days AFTER the Autism Europe conference in Edinburgh, which had NAS involvement, had ended. Avoiding this being out as an issue at conference time.
You can’t ethically afford any connection with an outfit that behaves like this.
Aspie contactors of NAS Scotland
23 Sep 2016
14 Mar 2019 – 2 1/2 years after the above, see the Mendip House story in England, where NAS has been fined £4000 that its fundraisers will pay for, and by that gesture it has avoided prosecution, for running an emotionally and physically abusive care home. Thank you to Barbara Keeley, shadow minister for social care, for pursuing this. It shows the need for automatic obligations to pursue cases instead of discretionary power: as in Scotland now stands claimed for through ANS‘s oversight work on the autism strategy. The Guardian story says that “autistic people were taunted, bullied and humiliated by staff”, a rather interesting confirmation that ALL CONVENTIONAL SCHOOL is emotionally abusive care too. With automatic pursuing of these systems’ maltreatment cases, they would cease to be able to function in their present forms.