Is this new story an example of disability discrimination or even breach of confidentiality? By mentioning the person is autistic.
I found the way this news was treated by the BBC equally bad. I feel stating that someone is autistic and linking it to crime is giving a bad image to people on the spectrum.
What I have taken from the stories I have read was that the poor lad had been treated so badly by society due to being autistic that he'd developed MH problems. It broke my heart to read that he'd rather be in prison than on the streets due to the experiences he's had.
Despite this I do feel that mentioning autism in the article is in bad taste and will fuel societies prejudices rather than making them think about the role they have played in the demise of this young person.
The same way that whenever there is a mass shooting they say something about how the murderer was a loner and socially isolated? Many people are but few of them end up that way.
Yep, evil mastermind.
Clearly had mental health issues, but being autistic is what made him an attempted child killer?
I was listening to the radio in the car this morning and I heard him talking he sounds like he needs psychiatric help
But this act will be associated with autism now, when someone say oh let's invite so and so for tea and the response is maybe not they are autistic and you know how dangerous they can be remember that one who threw that child of the tate.
Greetings. Another example of "spin" (Dictonary definition is: "a particular bias, interpretation, or point-of-view, intended to create a favourable or unfavourable impression when presented to the public.") ...Replace the term "Autism" with "Black" and the same negative-associations would occur...
...but can anyone here answer that MAIN question? To do with The LAW...??
Robert123 said:an example of disability discrimination or even breach of confidentiality? By mentioning the person is autistic.
This is a link to the protected characteristics as defined by the 2010 equality act.
It may help answer the question of whether autism should have been mentioned in the news item.
I will attempt to answer your point but I do not endorse what the Daily Mail has written in any way.
The paper has said that he has autism. That is fact. To show discrimination someone would have to prove this was said to imply autistic people inevitably or in many cases have a tendency to commit crime and were therefore not safe.
The argument from the DM would be that his autism had meant that he needed carers and he had comorbid mental health conditions. They would argue that in this case, because of his known interview in which he stated his intention to throw someone from a height he should have been under supervision. Their point would be that they were referring to the way autism affected this individual in a unique way, not that this applied to a group of individuals. And in this case it was therefore justified in order to put the facts and to show that autism sometimes can lead to irrational and was not implying that autism inevitably leads to such behaviour.
Myself I felt very uneasy that it mentioned that he was autistic. But a court would have to be convinced that this was intended to stir up discrimination because of his autism, rather than the way he acted. I also believe his autism was also mentioned in the court proceedings which I think would make any discrimination case or breech of confidentiality very unlikely to succeed.
In my second to last job the one that caused my nervous breakdown my manager would bring people to take notes of our conversation wich I found really intimidating by itself and he would say oh I told them your autistic and say but they don't have to be here if you don't want, and he did this with about five people I worked with and I didn't want anyone of them to know firstly I was autistic secondly that I was being put on a performance improvement plan and the intricacies of how I was failing I just felt so stupid explaining why I found it difficult to do something again and again in front of my colleagues until it felt like I was making excuses, looking back the whole experience really destroyed me as a person took away my self confidence, all because I wasn't the right fit and being asked do I think it's fair on my colleagues that I work here making things difficult for them.
K said:being asked do I think it's fair on my colleagues that I work here making things difficult for them.
This is such an awful fact of discrimination. I am so sorry you had to experience that. I completely relate to how discriminatory workplace grinds you down, destroys your confidence. It happen to me and it took several years to recover and rebuild my confidence and wellbeing.
The BBC also mentioned he had personality disorders, but didn't go into this at length.. I don't know about other media.There was a research showing that any violence in autistic people is associated with additional personality disorders. That is actually more relevant to the causes o his crime than autism, but I doubt that media discussed the personality disorder at greater extent that autism. They should have.