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Thinking Autism seminar in Maidstone was picketed by autistic protesters

Two organisations both seeking to help those with autism had a public clash outside a seminar.

Source: Thinking Autism seminar in Maidstone was picketed by autistic protesters

12/12/2018 20:53:34

Eve Reiland | #AutisticAndProud wrote:There’s not a divide in the Autistic community. There is an Autism community and an Autistic community. 

Hint: Only one includes Autistic people. 

What you call natural is causing children to get bleached, chelated, suck down turpentine, be placed on harmful restrictive diets to leech the autism from their brain — or **** out their bowels to repel that autism parasite. Oh, and the physical abuse. These people are autistic illiterate. 

And guess what, an abuser will not call themselves that. A quack will not call themselves that. 

Autistic people, autistic parents of autistic kids, and others that don’t push eugenics, fake deadly cures, lies and bs, we are telling you that.

– We The Autistic People are worthy of better than this woowoo and abuse. The reporting on here is utterly ignorant of a minority people and yet reporting on us. Where’s your integrity?

Also, this charity and their “work” violates the International Autist Human Rights Charter. #Fact

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12/12/2018 19:47:40

Emma Dalmayne wrote:NHS link showing diets are not recommended as autism treatment:

Treatments not recommended

A number of alternative treatments have been suggested for ASD. However, these should be avoided, because there’s little or no evidence that they’re effective and some may even be potentially dangerous.

Treatments that aren’t recommended for ASD include:

special diets  such as gluten-free or casein-free dietsneurofeedback  where brain activity is monitored (usually by placing electrodes on the head) and the person being treated can see their brain activity on a screen and is taught how to change itauditory integration training  a therapy that involves listening to music that varies in tone, pitch and volumechelation therapy  which uses medication or other agents to remove metal (in particular, mercury) from the body.’

Thinking Autism formerly called Treating Autism share and promote heavy metal detox, restrictive diets, recovery and healing from autism of which there is none AND have shared the MMS protocol book Healing The Symptoms Known As Autism on their Facebook page.

They also had a deal of a discount for their members on banned blood prodict GcMAF with David Noakes who was recently jailed in the UK: Brunel University Treating Autism Quack Bradstreet.

They do not work in the interest of autistic individuals.

We here at AIM promote acceptance and fight for the rights of autistic people. We are autistic led, we run weekly groups for parents of autistic children and for autistic adults. We provide sensory input, support and advice from an autistic perspective. Our volunteers are also autistic.

We work with with local organisations such as Charlton Athletic Football Ground and Home Start.

We also work closely with autistic led charity Autistic UK.

Our CEO Emma Dalmayne actively campaigns against abuse and worked with Barry Sheerman MP and the Westmimister Autism Commission on The Spectrum of Harmful Interventions For Autism survey and report:

She has also worked extensively with the police, social services and media to report parents abusing their children with treatments to ‘cure autism.

BBC appearance: Victoria Derbyshire Show BBC news BBC news Public Policy Exchange
She had also written two books and has been published by see link here:

The presumption Thinking Autism have made that we are all able to verbally communicate our needs is false. This is a divisive tactic commonly used by those against the neurodivergent community.

Thank you.

Emma Dalmayne
CEO – Autistic Inclusive Meets.  +9

12/12/2018 19:11:23

Anne Borden wrote: The NHS supports the position of the counter-leafleters that the “treatments” in this conference are not science-based and that they can cause harm to children. Good for these protesters to come out and exercise their free speech; in this case, advocating for the safety and health of children. People promoting fake cures and treatments for autism make a lot of money and ruin a lot of families 😦  

12/12/2018 18:48:02

IrinaP wrote: Thinking Autism have received very good feedback from all those people who came to the event. We are so glad that all who came found the event informative and helpful, and had the opportunity to speak to the presenters, TA members and each other, forming the basis for help and support that families affected by autism need so much! The event included presentations from three speakers and refreshments before and during the event, as well as a lunch at the end – not bad for 10!  

12/12/2018 18:42:52

IrinaP wrote: Thinking Autism is a registered charity, which aims to provide support and information to persons affected by ASD, their family members and professionals. We work to relieve the suffering of people with autism and their families through the provision of information and support services, in particular concerning the interventions and therapies for autism.

We have produced a range of publications for parents and medical professionals based on the latest scientific research from around the world, – available here to download for free.  –

12/12/2018 18:38:43

IrinaP wrote:

I would like to clarify the information in the article about the nutrition talk – it was not so much about gluten and casein diet, but about how healthy and balanced diet can help people with autism and their parents to improve the health and well being of their families. Digestion issues is a common co-morbidity in autism, and the correct treatment and disagnosis of these by qualified medical practitioners is essential to ensure the health and well being of these people. Thinking Autism produced a range of publications for medical professionals and people with autism and their carers, which gives solid evidence of medical research on this subject.  -41 ReplyReplyReport Abuse

12/12/2018 18:27:01

Brooke Winters wrote:The NHS supports AIMs position on this. I think a link or reference to NHS advice on this should be included in the article.  

12/12/2018 10:43:09

Danny Figg wrote:If the writer of the article seriously thinks it is still acceptable to refer to autistic people as sufferers then they have sadly missed the point of the protest and been taken in by the harmful rhetoric used by Thinking Autism. Also I note that the wording of the statement issued by TA was exactly the same as the one they issued in Liverpool earlier in the year, except that they have changed the charitys name to avoid the linguistic absurdity of the sentence Treating Autism does not promote any treatments for autism. AIM is autistic-led and very open about its goals, whereas TA involves itself with pseudoscientific charlatans who profit from vulnerable autistic people and their families.  

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