Autistic UK would like to place on record our disappointment at the words used in a recent column, published in the Huffington Post.
Autistic UK does not believe that in 2018, it should be acceptable to use Autism as some sort of insult or a way to denigrate and belittle those with whom you disagree. Autistic UK calls upon Mr Meagher to recognise the implications of his words, and to issue a full apology.
We would also encourage those that shared Mr Meagher’s article to acknowledge that this sort of language is not acceptable in modern discourse, and we would be happy to engage with any individuals who would wish to learn how to avoid this happening again in the future.
Additionally, we would also like to extend a formal invitation to Mr Meagher to attend one of our AUK events, so that he can see for himself his stereotype of Autistic people is false, and learn something from this whole experience.