Emma Dalmayne is an autism rights campaigner and activist living in London, England. A mother of five—two with autism and three under assessment for diagnosis—she was diagnosed with Asperger’s at age 37, and has since become a vocal member of the autism community. She has an active online presence, maintaining a personal website and Twitter account. She is a published author and is known for her campaign work against abuse of autistic children and adults.
Dalmayne has worked with the BBC, BEN TV, The Independent, The Mirror, Victoria Derbyshire Show, The Guardian, The Times, and London Live to discuss forms of autism abuse and has given talks for the UK Public Policy Exchange and the National Health Service of England’s Advisory Committee. In 2016, Dalmayne started a petition asking the UK government to ban the selling of cures for autism. The petition has since reached 62,000 signatures and has helped bring awareness to the practice. In February 2018, Dalmayne, Richard Mills and Kieran Rose met with Jane Harris and Sara Lambert of the National Autistic Society to ask them to back legislation on the topic. In March 2018, Dalmayne helped the Westminster Commission on Autism create a report on the current state of laws surrounding false autism cures in the UK.
Dalmayne is CEO of Autistic Inclusive Meets, a not-for-profit organisation based in Greenwich with the goal of fostering an inclusive environment for autistic individuals as well as families with autistic children by “provid[ing] support and advice to families and individuals, promot[ing] acceptance of autism through education of the general public, and protect[ing] autistic rights by campaigning against autistic mistreatment.” AIM hosts a variety of play and social groups for its younger members, as well as fundraising events and workshops for adults. Dalmayne also has a personal website where she writes her thoughts and hosts others writers’ thoughts on topics related to autism.
Miracle Mineral Solution (MMS)
Dalmayne is known for her campaign work against Miracle Mineral Solution, an industrial bleach (Chlorine dioxide) often toted as a cure for autism, among many other ailments. Dalmayne became involved with groups surrounding the product after her youngest son was diagnosed with autism. She encountered CD Autism, a group run by Kerri Rivera that promotes use of MMS as a way to cure autism in children and quickly after began campaigning against the procedure. In 2015, she was able to infiltrate one of the UK Facebook groups using a fake profile—Anna Smith, a mother thinking about using MMS to cure her autistic daughter—and began an eight month mission to collect evidence of abuse from the many posts made by members of the group and report it to police and social services. According to Dalmayne, “People post, ‘my child can’t walk because she’s/he’s doubled up in pain’ or ‘their urine’s pink’. One had three seizures in a day. But they’re always told by the other members, ‘That’s normal. That’s the autism leaving them.'”
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- “It’s an Autism Thing – I’ll help you understand”. http://www.stasspublications.co.uk. Retrieved 2019-04-01.
- Dalmayne, Emma [@EDalmayne] (2019-04-01). “The preferred symbol by autistics for autism representation. The puzzle piece suggests we are to be solved, as autism haters and eugenic researchers Autism $peaks say, Until all the pieces fit = Until a cure is found…pic.twitter.com/WY4jQpO7e7” (Tweet). Retrieved 2019-04-08 – via Twitter.
- “Developing Community Services to Deliver Better Outcomes for People with Autism | Public Policy Exchange”. http://www.publicpolicyexchange.co.uk. Retrieved 2019-04-08.
- Dalmayne, Emma [@EDalmayne] (2018-03-30). “Yes have been liasing @NHSEngland and @jowhaley1 to design a leaflet listing the symptoms of MMS poisioning to go into paeds, doctors and hospitals” (Tweet). Retrieved 2019-04-08– via Twitter.
- Macaskill, Grace (2018-01-27). “Desperate parents forcing kids to drink bleach to cure autism in sick cult”. mirror. Retrieved 2019-04-08.
- Autistic Inclusive Meets Emma Dalmayne (2018-02-18), AIM & National Autistic Society Meeting | The Need To Back Legislation Against Autism C, retrieved 2019-04-08
- “A Spectrum of Harmful Interventions – new report HERE!”. Westminster Commission on Autism. 2018-03-28. Retrieved 2019-04-01.
- “Autistic Inclusive Meets”. Autistic Inclusive Meets. Retrieved 2019-04-08.
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- “Miracle Mineral Solution is a Nightmare”. Office for Science and Society. Retrieved 2019-04-01.
- “Autism Treatment and ‘Bleach Therapy‘“. Healthline. 2018-02-06. Retrieved 2019-04-01.
Source: Emma Dalmayne – Wikipedia