Why 'Locked in for Autism' is ableist and needs to stop
The charity Cauldwell Children’s has been using this campaign to raise funds since 2015.
A volunteer spends 50 hours inside a small perspex room inside a busy supermarket. Because autism awareness.
If you’re angry because the tired old ‘trapped autistic’ trope is offensive bullshit, then worry not. They have consulted with many NT parents about this (and presumably no actual autistic people, because who would agree to this being a good idea?):
“While autism covers a wide spectrum of symptoms and every autistic person has different experiences, a lot of parents with autistic children have told us that the box could be a metaphor for the way society interacts with autistic people.”
There have also been multiple instances of autistic people leaving comments on the campaign’s FB page, only to have their comments deleted. That’s right; autistic people are being silenced by a charity claiming to support autistic people.
And that’s not all!
The charity also supports ‘alternative’ therapies (they include the details for an MMS quack on their list of practitioners) and provides ABA support. They even appear to support the bogus link between the MMR vaccine and autism by asking about vaccinations on their application forms.
Basically this charity is a total shitshow that appears to have never once consulted a single autistic person about how best to support autistic people.
Please sign this petition asking Tesco to stop hosting this campaign in their stores.
Spread the word and we can prevent this damaging campaign from happening and change this charity for the better.