Ann’s Autism Blog: …And the audience said ‘No’. A pivotal moment in autistic history.

Source: Ann’s Autism Blog: …And the audience said ‘No’. A pivotal moment in autistic history.

 

A major autism conference was held in the UK recently.  It was filled with professionals.  Various speakers were invited to the stage, and gave a variety of useful and informative talks.

Then, another speaker arrived on stage.  An eminent professional.  Very well connected.  They gave a speech which portrayed autism and parents of autistic children in various negative ways.

There was a stunned silence from the professional audience.

One of the professionals in the audience asked for the roving microphone, and said what a lot of the others were thinking – that this was totally not OK.  Their interruption received applause and cheering.

The speaker left the stage, unapplauded.

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