Miriam’s son is very much a younger version of my son, James. When I read what Miriam has written here, she speaks for my son too. I stand with her in defending the rights of our children, and many more like them. People are often very quick to stand up for themselves, let’s all be willing to stand up for those for whom that is not possible.
This week the autistic community achieved something quite incredible. News began spreading earlier this week that a large government body had changed the wording on their site that said that anyone diagnosed autistic was now forced to inform the driving and vehicle licensing agency about their diagnosis potentially risking their driver’s licence.
The autistic community responded to this and rallied together defending their rights incredible well. They tweeted MP’s who battled for them, they started petitions and shared them everywhere, they made sure the leading charities supported them and they even looked into the law on the matter. As the wife of an autistic man who drives daily, and who I even taught to drive, I found it heartening and wonderful to watch a community come together and demand action. Days later the wording was changed back to its original wording that means autistic drivers, like those with any other…
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JADE COMMENTED: “… I do feel that as a community there is still a huge divide between the more and less able on the spectrum. And I agree I’m not confident that rights for those that can’t advocate for themselves are given the same attention.” Sadly, I agree. All my Asperger’s relatives & friends (without exception) can to some extent speak up for themselves & say what they want. Not so, those autistics who are learning disabled or non-verbal. Yet, with God’s wisdom & help, I shall!
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Thanks Tess! The more of us that speak up for them and with them, the more they will be heard! 🙂