I told my son last night that I was soon going to the UN in Geneva and would be away for five nights, which is the longest we’ve ever been apart.
I shared with him the reason I’m going- to tell people about how autistic children are being hurt in schools and to ask the UN to help us make it stop.
We had recently spoken about autistic children being locked in rooms at school, after he overheard me talking about a child here in Australia. It’s a heavy thing for a child to know about the world.
My son, jumping on the bed next to me, said “Bri, there are baddie teachers and there are goodie teachers.
“The goodie teachers only have baddies around telling them what to do.
“You have to go and tell people what’s happening so the goodies can know to sing lullabies and play with autistic kids when they’re sad instead of locking them up”.
My 5.5yo gets it.
Why can’t our schools?
Kids are sad; sing lullabies and play with them.
Kids are overwhelmed in the classroom; offer comfort, and ways to decompress.
I’m travelling to Geneva for Autistic Family Collective. We are contributing to a briefing on restrictive practices in schools for the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. I’m grateful to those families who have trusted us to share their stories in the hope of achieving justice and protection for autistic students.
UPDATE: Our speech to the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities can be found here: Autistic students need UN intervention – Autistic Family Collective