Autistic and Divergent voices worldwide: Here are just a few Autistic and Divergent voices, plus a few allies, as captured on October 14, 2021.
60 Minutes Australia Is WTAF? | October 2021
[TW: Very distressing, filicide, suicide, murder, eugenics, abuse, ableism, and more]
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Breaking point: What drove a mother to kill her Autistic Son | Description From Australia 60 Minutes |
October 11, 2021
Full Episodes: https://9now.app.link/uNP4qBkmN6
Breaking Point (2004) No doubt you’ve heard how Daniela Dawes suffocated and killed her autistic son, Jason. You probably have an opinion on the court’s decision to let her go free. But there’s much more to this family tragedy. For a start, there are the revealing home videos of a very troubled child. But, as you’ll see, a child who could be cheerful and loving too. Then there’s Jason’s father, a grieving, angry and bitter man. And always in the background, the unimaginable burden of caring for a child with autism. All clues in this intriguing story of what drove Daniela Dawes to kill her little boy.
Eve Reiland: 60 minutes Australia: Because the Autistic community doesn’t already have issues with filicide … this is absolutely inexcusable in 2021.
Nice ratings grab at Autistic community’s expense.
I’m reading the story and WTAF!!!! Irresponsible reporting that’s only going to instigate MORE murders.
Call it what it is – MURDER.
Are there any Autistic voices on this matter? Danijela Turner?
John Greally: “the unimaginable burden of caring for a child with autism” is used to justify murder… because, put simply, autistics are worth 0% of any other human in the eyes of 60 minutes, and courts, and sick governments who back filicide to save a buck.
Eve Reiland: John Greally Is this the same station that did a horrible report about three years ago on the ‘burden’ of their autistic son and seeking funds to build a house?
John Greally: Eve Reiland: Yes
John Greally: What needs documenting from this doco is all the vile stuff spouted by Attwood and everything he left out about autistic rights. This, the man who let his own son down, no expert, just a burden to us all. People need to know how bad he has got lately as his income falters.
Danijela Turner: John Greally: I’m flabbergasted. He’s far worse than I even thought.
Eve Reiland: in terms of the previous story three years that was a different family and that segment too was disgraceful in it’s albeist presentation …
Family responds to backlash following 60 Minutes segment on autistic son
“The parents of a severely autistic boy have spoken out after a 60 Minutes segment on their lives was criticised as “undignified” and “demeaning””
Jaime Sara Diamond: WE’RE NOT A FUCKING BURDEN!!! (I’ll edit if you want me to remove the profanity)
Eve Reiland: Jamie Sara Diamond FUCK is very appropriate here. It’s fucking obscene and absurd.
Danijela Turner: That was a difficult watch as soon as it started and all the way through. I’m watching it and the entire time I am thinking that a murderer walked completely free and unbelievably still has custody of the child (daughter) she didn’t murder. Tony Attwood’s comments are disgraceful and shocking.
Samantha Connor tagged.
Samantha Connor: It was in 2004. No excuse. And filicide hasn’t changed much since then. Parents are still walking free.
This woman walked out of court in a paid interview and works in a supermarket near Ballina. Locals report that she’s quite happy talking about murdering her son.
Her daughter would well and truly be an adult now.
Samantha Connor: This was the reporting at the time.
June 1, 2004 — 10.00am
She was a good mother. Dozens of people said so. From her teenage daughter and estranged husband, to the staff at the bank and local video store where she would take her autistic son, patiently dealing with his difficult behaviour under the glares of irritated customers.
“She was a good mother,” her mother, Carla Rios, sobbed in the witness box last week. “She just had been living in a black void … she couldn’t leave Jason to anybody to look after, she knew nobody could look after Jason as well as her. She loved him dearly.”
How then could this good mother, Daniela Dawes, grip her child’s nose and mouth shut, and hold the struggling child until his last, terminal, breath? Her lawyer and her husband have asked for leniency in the sentence to be handed down tomorrow.
In the Paramatta District Court barristers and witnesses searched for ways to describe 10-year-old Jason’s death at the hands of his mother. Mercy killing. An act of love. A depressed woman driven so far that she decided to kill herself, and take her profoundly disabled son with her.
Or, as suggested by Judge Roy Ellis, a woman who saw no future for her son, and by deciding to take his life, knew she must take her own. More >>
Samantha Connor: The other serious matter not reported in court was allegedly the molestation of her daughter by a man who was I think her stepfather. I can’t remember, but it was reported.
The World Today – Wednesday, 2 June , 2004 12:43:00
Reporter: Jayne-Maree Sedgman
ELEANOR HALL: To the case of a Sydney woman who smothered her severely disabled son.
Daniela Dawes was today given a five year good-behaviour bond, after she pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of her 10-year-old son, Jason.
The judge said a custodial sentence was not appropriate in this tragic case and was highly critical of the services available to parents of disabled children.
Jayne-Maree Sedgman was in the court this morning and joins me now in the studio.
So Jayne-Maree, remind us of the details of this case. I understand this was a family under immense stress.
JAYNE-MAREE SEDGMAN: They certainly were. Jason Dawes was diagnosed as autistic at 18 months. At 10 he had the mental age of a three year old, and he couldn’t speak.
Now, specialists had recommended that he be treated at a local early intervention centre, but his parents were unable to get him a place until he was four years old. They were later told that because he had not received that treatment early enough, a crucial opportunity had been missed and that his development would be further impaired.
Now, Daniela Dawes’ husband had a drinking problem and was sometimes violent towards her, and he later suffered a breakdown and couldn’t work for two years meaning that Mrs Dawes become the bread-winner.
She suffered from severe depression and then when it all got too much on the fourth of August last year, she smothered Jason, and then tried to kill herself. More >>
Note: That’s all for now on this story. I’ll be seeking Autistic voices in response to this to share soon.
In 1993, Roland Johnson, one of the founders of Self-Advocates Becoming Empowered, gave a famous speech called “Who’s in Control?” In this speech, Johnson talked about how people with disabilities — not our service providers or staff — need to have control over our lives. Medicaid uses quality measures to find out whether someone’s services are good or bad. But how do we measure who is in control?
ASAN talked to a group of self-advocates who get community services. We asked about how we can tell who is in control of their services. Our toolkit “Who’s in Control?”: Control over community services for people with disabilities is the result.
September 3, 2021
The Autistic Women & Nonbinary Network (AWN), an organization primarily led by autistic people of color, is appalled by the August 13 Today Show article, “Why there’s a war between parents of children with autism and autistic adults.” This article minimized decades of neurodiversity advocacy, platformed a known hate group, and included no identifiable people of color in its initial publication. We join a national coalition of renowned Black-led autism organizations and advocates who are also speaking out against the article, including The Color of Autism, Thriving on the Spectrum, Fidgets and Fries, and Not Your Mama’s Autism podcast.
July 8, 2021
The Autistic Women & Nonbinary Network (AWN) applauds the July 7 appointment of Black autistic community leader Morénike Giwa Onaiwu, PhD(c), MA, to the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC). The IACC coordinates federal activities concerning autism spectrum disorder and provides advice to the Secretary of Health and Human Services, Xavier Becerra, JD, on issues related to autism.
Autistic Inclusive Meets
She had initially agreed to appear, then on further investigation discovered it’s far right and connected to Nigel Farrage and is the UK equivalent of Fox News.
To us at AIM it would be the equivalent of an autistic advocate claiming to be against autistic abuse while appearing on an Autism Speaks interview.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 29, 2021 AT 4 AM – 8 AM PDT
Boycott Spectrum 10k
Autism Research Centre
We are protesting the Spectrum 10k study outside the Autism Research Centre on the 29th of October from 12-4 pm.
Spectrum 10k is a study that proposes to gather the DNA of ten thousand Autistic individuals, with the supposed aim of research into providing more support.
It all looks wonderful on the surface, the fact that there will be no safeguarding over the DNA, that it is open for any researcher to access is quite frankly terrifying.
We as Autistic people have valid concerns over who will assess the DNA. …
Please send @Boycottspect10k a follow on Twitter and Instagram.
State of Dis-Union: The NeuroDiversity Movement At A Crossroads And Why It Should Matter To Everyone 2
October 9, 2021
I’m a recently-diagnosed autistic man, and in the years since I wrote the article, Autistic Uprising: a Neurodivergent Rebellion of Hearts and Minds, I’ve invested my organization deeply in the service of engaging, equipping, and encouraging autistic and other neurodivergent persons through one-on-one life coaching transformative growth. The work has been rewarding, witnessing powerful stories of transformation for many autistic persons, their families, employers, and many others.
Still, as a trailblazer and ambassador of the Neurodiversity Movement, I’ve not forgotten for a moment why no gains matter if we do not see the day of true neurodiversity understanding and acceptance reached as a culture. Until we reach the break-point, the moment, all will be colored by struggle. To echo the closing words of my friend and colleague Steve Silberman, in his brilliant book, NeuroTribes: The Legacy of Autism and the Future of Neurodiversity; “There is much work to be done.”
Shannon Des Roches Rosa
After my autistic son was diagnosed 18 years ago, I went looking for autism and parenting guidebooks. And while I found exactly zero mainstream resources for helping him be a happy and well-adjusted autistic person, I did find a sizable industry centered on “fixing” him, whether through ABA therapy, specialized diets, supplements, or worse.
It’s not surprising that humane strategies for parenting autistic children were not selling books in 2003, as the autism zeitgeist had only just moved on from blaming autism on “refrigerator mothers” and exploded into an autism-vaccine-epidemic panic. That era’s media outlets would typically only frame autistic children as damaged goods who needed to be reshaped into “normal” children.
by J. David Hall, Life Guides for Autism | NeuroGuides (2018)
May 23, 2019
… Look, I’m going to be perfectly blunt. A rebellion of autistic persons, a revolution of neurodivergent minds is now fully underway. If you don’t know this, if you haven’t been paying attention to the current cultural landscape, then it is quite possible the revolution has already passed you by.
This Neurodiversity Movement is the ultimate Civil Rights Movement– a rising tide of human persons who refuse to mask, to hide their unique minds anymore from a misunderstanding, ignorant, often repressive culture. Why the “ultimate” movement?
Consider this– if we fully accept other persons for thinking differently from us, for being different, then we cannot help but accept all the other differences. Skin color, ethnicity, standard or manual shift driver? All of it becomes a part of the human persons acceptance package.
By Yenn Purkis
I was talking to a relative about autism and a family we know that have clearly autistic children but have not sought a diagnosis as they ‘don’t want to label my children.’ This comes up all too often and it is problematic. Very problematic. The idea of autism being a ‘label’ and this somehow being a negative thing horrifies me. Autism is not a label, it is an actual thing. Giving a child a diagnosis can be incredibly helpful and open up new worlds of identity and self-knowledge.
It seems with each passing day there is a new article about a piece of autism research being conducted. There are always two common themes. The first is that the research is conducted by non-autistic researchers, who generally only include Autistics in a tokenistic way at best. The second is that pretty much all of the research aims to reduce the number of Autistic people, either by reducing diagnoses, or literally erasing us.
October 8, 2021
When people interact with me for the first time, they know that I am Blind.
Maybe because it’s quite obvious that I have uncontrollable eye movement; maybe it’s because they see me feeling around for stuff as I’m navigating around the environment. People can still do a lot of things, even with their eyes closed. I can hear and talk just fine.
But one thing that people do not notice is my autism.
Content Warning: Ableism, eugenics, pro-cure propaganda
The view of autism as a negative condition by society is not a new phenomenon. From the founder of ABA saying autistics are “not people in the psychological sense” to Autism Speaks calling it an “epidemic,” the Neurodiversity Movement has been utilized by the marginalized group to challenge those claims. However, there are some people hoping to prevent autism entirely. On July 18, Mark Blaxill, Toby Rogers, and Cynthia Nevison published a paper in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders titled “Autism Tsunami: the Impact of Rising Prevalence on the Societal Cost of Autism in the United States.”