Australians with Autism have struggled for decades against negative expectations and a lack of power. Finally, in 2017, we are beginning to gain a more prominent voice in Australian politics and the community in general. When this platform is undermined by people with little to no understanding of the lived experience of Autism, it undermines this struggle to be heard and embraced.
Yesterday, Pauline Hanson made a statement that dismayed and demoralised thousands of Autistics around Australia, when she suggested that they should be segregated from ‘mainstream’ peers and educated only in specialist settings.
It is disappointing to see this calibre of statement in the highest political halls of our nation.[Read More]