A Current Affair Autism Forum – Where was the voice of the ASD adults?

by Marita on March 20, 2012

Hands up who watched A Current Affairs Autism Forum?

I watched it online this morning and was pleased to see that the challenges of raising a child with special needs and the lack of support were discussed.

But I was equally unhappy that adults on the spectrum were not part of the forum. Surely when we are discussing Autism, there should be representatives not only from parents, educators and researchers in the Autism field … but also people on the spectrum themselves?

Anyways, here again is my amazing Aspie girl, speaking her truth, the same truth that the parents, educators and researchers were talking about on ACA last night. Autism never ends, it is forever.

For those who would like to do something to help.

You can email Jenny Macklin the Minister for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs and Minister for Disability Reform at jmacklin.mp@aph.gov.au

Or

Help the Olga Tennison Autism Research Centre because the more knowledge we have about ASD the more we can help both those on the spectrum and their families.

{ 12 comments }

Stuart Duncan March 20, 2012 at 9:55 am

Brilliant girl you have there!

Marita March 20, 2012 at 10:01 am

Thank you Stuart, I think she is pretty awesome :)

CJ March 20, 2012 at 10:15 am

Amen Marita.
As the mum of 2 diagnosed boys… and another possible aspie son and daughter, I know I have traits… any number of them.
It’s been a long journey for me to “learn” what I needed to know. I really don’t want my children to have to go through that.
There is no cure for Autism. And we don’t want one. We just want to be understood and properly supported!
Much love to you!

Marita March 20, 2012 at 11:10 am

“There is no cure for Autism. And we don’t want one. We just want to be understood and properly supported!”

Seconded!

Elissa March 20, 2012 at 11:20 am

Can I add thirded?? x

Marita March 20, 2012 at 11:38 am

absolutely

Renee | About a Bugg March 20, 2012 at 11:15 am

I still have to watch this forum – it’s on my to do list. But thank you for the post and the links on how we can further support. And as always – thanks for the insights from your gorgeous girl.

Marita March 20, 2012 at 11:40 am

I waited until the girls were at school to watch it as I didn’t know what my reaction would be. Love to hear your thoughts once you do watch it.

Renee | About a Bugg March 26, 2012 at 8:14 pm

I finally sat down to watch in yesterday. I have to agree with pretty much everything that everyone has already said…. It was a start.

A shame it wasn’t longer, or more in depth, or looked at adults, or even those at both end of the spectrum a bit more. But it’s a start…

CoopersMummy (Erin) March 20, 2012 at 11:51 am

How funny, I saw/commented on your awesome video on Youtube a week ago – and ripped it up some doofus who had no clue hehe! So cool to see this blog post linked on my FB page, go you good thing!

Marita March 21, 2012 at 11:40 am

Small world, I saw your comment on YouTube and was very grateful for it.

Tracey March 23, 2012 at 11:47 am

I also think they didn’t explain what Autism is? Definately needs more than 18 minutes of tv time, but it’s a start :)

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