I will anonymise this, because it is the principle that is under discussion, not the people.
Ready? Here we go.../
Great. We're trainers. We train NHS and similar staff and have done for many years./
They were there some hours before our part of the session./
In it, fluorescent lighting as far as the eye can see. Whole building flooded with it.
"What do you need for accommodations?", asked this boss....
We went to the training room at the back of the ground floor. Fluorescent lighting.
"Oh, we don't know how to switch it off. It's on sensors. Can't find anyone who knows. Is it a problem?"/
So then we got ourselves a very long way home again.
No training happened.
Now, my friends, this here.../
It's one example, but what a powerful one it is.
No matter what the autistic person needs, it's no-one's job to take any notice at all.
"I don't know what sort of lighting this is", said boss./
Around you, the very sensory hazards that keep you almost permanently in shutdown or meltdown brain events, deafening, blinding, terrifying.
And the experts don't have a clue those things are even a problem/
I do not think that is unreasonable.
We Must Do Better.
Any or all of these things can be processed as hazards by the subconscious and build up to a giant 'traffic jam'.
It gives a case of a child, Y, who is reluctant to read out loud in class.
It talks at length about how to enforce reading-out-loud./
None of that is a manipulative avoidance technique.
What happens to me when I am unable to speak? Trying to force me to speak is as potentially distressing as trying to force a child with a broken leg to stand on it/
We can do a proper sensory assessment with autistic specialists who can detect the actual sensory hazards that may be present/
And that the basis of most behavioural ideas I see.
Nearly 600 pages in this book. 2 index mentions of sensory needs
Very true. Some children simply do need ways to persuade them to engage. The vast majority of children want to engage. So many have never been Dxd as autistic, or having ADHD, or dyslexia..
Or anxiety from bullies in the environment. Or illness or other pain.
No acknowledgement that autistic responses/
It's not fit for purpose.
Autistic people would like employment. And that starts with not treating us as a lazy defiant behaviour.
Really? What about X that you missed, and Y, and Z?
20 years of it.
Use proper autistic specialist for goodness sake.
I mean autistic professionals, qualified, insured.
So for those 'it's not autism' moments....really? Isn't it? Check.
Whoa, far too radical! Actually ask autistic people what their experiences are and what they need? Of course not! What a ridiculous notion that would be, eh...
Wait...why not do that?
I went to a huge centre, some 400 seats. An autistic person attended it.
I observed the sensory environment and went to sit in one particular seat of those 400.
"But that's where they sit!", said building manager.
A world where we honoured and respected autistic people.
The surprise for them is that this sort of thing happens So Often.