The NAS has created a petition to “Stop the detention of people with autism and learning disabilities in ATU’s”
I have just signed it and urge everyone too as well.
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Get family and friends to as well. 80,000 signatures needed to get a debate in Parliament.
Already signed too. It needs reviewing badly. People are having their agency taken away to feed a cynical industry. I keep saying it but autism is a new, relatively untapped revenue stream. This is an industry now, and it's state-enforced, however some of these units are private. It's time that the criteria, conditions, and fashions that shape this issue are reviewed. Even if it was completely necessary for someone to be admitted, the conditions are deplorable. They are supposed to be treatment units, not centres for detainment and punishment.
The private companies are acting under a micro-economic model, whilst being part of the massive machinations of the Mental Health system. They are writing the rulebook, and not being regulated fully, as part of the system they profit from. They are free to be cowboys. Free to opportunity cost. Free to neglect.
The whole system needs review. If the state is making decisions on peoples lives, they need regulation and accountability. That's how it works.
Some of these situations could be avoided in the first place by aporopriate, adequate treatment or help.
My opinion is that autism is managed, not treated. If individuals, carers, parents, and guardians had more resources to learn strategies to cope. There would be less need for intervention. If you heal a cut, you don't need to buy plasters. Mind you no-one can make money then. That's the point though.