This evening I heard the news of yet another autistic adult who has taken their own life as a result of denial of services. Which was avoidable and preventable. Let’s not make no bones about it, this was manslaughter. Britain is in the grip of fascism, and like Hitler’s fascists, the British fascists in government have begun killing the disabled. No gas chambers in modern times, that wouldn’t look too good on the front pages of the newspapers. At least, not on the ones the fascists don’t control. Thank God for social media, which is the one thing that hasn’t yet been controlled and censored. At least we still have a voice on Twitter & Facebook.
Ian Taylor was 54. Two years younger than me. Like many autistic people he loved his dog, like me. Ian was socially isolated and had no friends, like me. Ian tried to get help after discovering he was autistic. I too discovered I was autistic. With the help of a private therapist, who I fund through my Disability Living Allowance, I had the space to discover who I was after a lifetime of abuse and neglect and confusion and loneliness. It took 8 years of courageous and dedicated work on my part. I am autistic.
I am currently in the process of making a complaint against Leicestershire NHS Trust, because although I passed my screening for autism, since that day I have been ignored. My emails have not been answered, my therapist has not been consulted by the autism service at Leicester General hospital, and I have had no support from social services. The same social services who bullied me so much, that I stopped the pathetic amount of “support” that was on offer. Support which amounted to a zero hours worker with no experience in autism, coming to my town where I lived, and drinking tea. We had no milage or petrol costs to travel anywhere. I couldn’t suffer abuse for such a ridiculous and farcical support service.
Autistic adults in Britain are being killed, driven to suicide, by a hidden and fatal killer. Withdrawal of social services. It is deliberate, calculated, intentional. We are isolated, depressed, unable to access the company that would save us. We are disabled by our autism, and we can’t access society in such a way that would enable us to live a life of hope and of meaning. This is a crime against humanity and it must not be ignored.
I ask all autistic people to take up the banner of autistics rights, and those good hearted neurotypical supporters, and take our cause to social media. Form an autistic movement that is powerful and supportive. Create networks that support each other. We are being lead to our deaths, we have nothing to lose.