National Diversity Awards; Emma Dalmayne

Autism Rights Campaigner Emma Dalmayne has been nominated for the ‘Positive Role Model Award – Disability’ Award, as part of the National Diversity Awards.

 

We are urging all of our supporters to vote for Emma to win this award. Here at Autistic UK, we believe that Emma’s sterling work to protect Autistic People from toxic and poisonous ‘Autism Cures’, deserves to be recognised.

 

To vote for Emma, click on the following link, and then follow the on-site instructions;

https://nominate.nationaldiversityawards.co.uk/nominate/endorse/31945

 

 

My name is Emma Dalmayne. I am an autism rights campaigner, I campaign against abusive autistic treatments and ‘cures’.

I am Autistic myself,when I was diagnosed with Aspergers at age 37 it was such a relief, to know and understand why I had always felt like I had wondered into a conversation or situation everyone else had prior prompting and scripts too!

My youngest son was diagnosed before me which led to me opening a Facebook support group for autistics and parents/carers. I became aware that not all parents are as accepting of Autism as I after seeing a group named CD Autism on Facebook. I began campaigning against autistic mistreatment, in particular MMS which is chlorine dioxide bleach being used in enemas and oral solution to ‘cure’ Autism.

I have worked with the BBC, BEN TV,The Independent, The Mirror, Victoria Derbyshire Show, The Guardian, The Times and London Live to expose this vile abuse. I have infiltrated Facebook groups under fake profiles to find out where these parents are who are using these vile torturous treatments on their vulnerable autistic children and adults.

Once I know, I report them to the police and social services. This has resulted in two children being removed from abusive homes. It also has the back lash of me receiving threats of rape and death. I have had trolling emails and messages, Twitter abuse and phone calls, vile blogs written about me. Thus is what we as campaigners endure

I have spoken before the Public Policy Exchange and the NHS Advisory Committee. We are working on a leaflet to be handed out in hospitals and paediatricians with red flags listed for MMS abuse. I have reported countless abuse cases worldwide, it greatly hurts me to look at my own autistic children and think if they had have been born to the wrong families…who knows.

It’s not only bleach being used on autistic vulnerables, it’s turpentine, borax, kerosene, GcMAF. So much pain being caused and for nothing.

There are harmful ‘therapies’ using compliance :

And more dangerous substances here:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4795094/NHS-worker-fed-toddlers-TURPENTINE-cure-parasites.html

I made a petition asking that the government make touting, selling or using fake cures illegal in the UK. It now has 60,500 signatures here:

https://www.change.org/p/phillip-dunne-make-autistic-cures-illegal-in-the-uk

This led to this piece here;

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2016/jul/13/fake-cures-autism-prove-deadly

And then many more, sadly because of the amount of parents I was reporting.

https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/brit-kids-forced-drink-bleach-11924623

I recently went to the National Autistic Society for a meeting with to ask them again to please consider backing legislation. They finally, after four years, agreed. I was accompanied by Kieran Rose and Richard Mills. The meeting can be heard here;

https://youtu.be/Wx836G_nBrk

I was consulted on the Westminster Autism Commission survey for fake cures and I have been invited to the launch on the 28th of March to parliament for the resulting report.

I love to write! I began writing a few years ago and have a website called www.autisticate.com 

I have had the joy of having my first book published!

It’s called ‘It’s An Autism Thing I’ll Help You Understand It’ and you can see it on www.stass publications.co.uk

I wanted, no needed parents and professionals to see things from an Autistic perspective, and to help them understand behaviours and self stimulation.

Too many times I’ve seen the urge to understand stifled in the curious as they are palmed off with ‘It’s an Autism thing, you wouldn’t understand it!’

I thought well let’s help then to! Hopefully the empowerment the parents and carers will feel can help make their charges feel more understood and supported.

I continue to write with and have another two children’s books, one published called Susie Spins,a book to educate children about their autistic peers, and another penned and ready to go.

I have opened an organisation called AIM – Autistic Inclusive Meets. www.autisticinclusivemeets.com

I have a wonderful diverse board of directors, a mix of autistic and neurotypical.

Our aim is to encourage and support autistic individuals out into the community in inclusive environments. We run a weekly playgroup that is well attended by autistic children right up to teens along with brilliant autistic adults that volunteer their time to interact with the children and help advise the parents.

We have meals out and sensory friendly discos,we are not are open to all boroughs and take pre-diagnosis. All people with disabilities are welcome.

We have recently been very lucky to gain some support in raising funds and spreading autism acceptance from Nandos 02!

Thank you for reading!

Emma

 

Autistic UK Statement re; Huffington Post Column.

 

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.

Poster advertising the Autistic UK Re-Launch on 27 January 2018.

Autistic UK Launch

Tickets available at the link Below!

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/autistic-uk-re-launch-and-information-day-tickets-41470904592

Autistic UK is transforming from an unincorporated voluntary organisation into a Community Interest Company. This means we will be able to expand greatly on what we can do to further equal rights for autistic people and educate society about us. The possibilities really are limitless!

Obviously, the event will be an update of what we have done over the last year, plus lots of information about the conversion to a CIC and lots of opportunities to ask questions. There will also be opportunities to sign up to become a member of Autistic UK during the event. This is a great chance to join Autistic UK as we start an exciting new chapter in our organisation.!

We will have a few stalls available for information/vending, so if you know anyone who would like one, tell them to get in touch.

We will be meeting at St. Thomas Centre, Ardwick Green North, Manchester, M12 6FZ from 10:30am to 4:00pm. The building is fully accessible and we will have the main hall as well as two quiet rooms at our disposal. Detailed information about the venue is available below.

Venue

The venue is St Thomas Centre, a Grade 2 converted church. Although it is close to Manchester City Centre, it is in a green and peaceful area. The unofficial name for the street is “voluntary sector row”, as many voluntary organisations have their headquarters there.

Wi-Fi is free and smoking is not allowed in the building.

The website of the venue is here http://www.stthomascentre.org.uk.

You can take a “virtual tour” of the venue via google street view by clicking on this link http://www.stthomascentre.org.uk/our-rooms and selecting the “Tour” tab. The Event will be held in the Main Hall, which is directly down the corridor from the reception.

Address

St Thomas Centre, Ardwick Green North, Manchester, M12 6FZ

Reception number:

0161 277 1010

Co-ordinates: 53.4742427,-2.222962

Parking

There is on-street parking around the St Thomas Centre, but this can get really busy. Therefore, the venue has secured dedicated car parking space approximately 5 minutes’ walk away for visitors to the St Thomas Centre. The parking charge is £2.50 (all day). When arriving at the Power League Car Park, you will need to pop into their reception for two tickets; one to be displayed in your car, the other to hand in with your payment of £2.50 on arrival at the St Thomas Centre.

The Power League Car Park is on 20 Union Street (Postcode is M12 4JD) To get from there to the venue, go down Brydon Avenue (the street opposite the entrance to the car park), then turn left down Cotter Street when you reach the end of the avenue, and right when you reach the end of Cotter Street.

Directions by Car

Leave the M60 at exit 12 and join M602 at Salford. At the end of the motorway follow A57 Manchester (Eccles New Road becoming Regent Road). Drive for 3 miles then fork right under railway and join A57(M) Mancunian Way. Continue along Mancunian Way following signs for A6 Sheffield/Stockport/Ardwick, turn right at traffic lights, pass under fly-over, and travel approx. 200 metres, turn left at Ardwick Green North, turn first right, keeping the park on your right. The St Thomas Centre is approx. 100 metres on your left. Please see the map below.

Map to the AGM

Map to the AGM

Directions by foot

On Foot – (0.5 miles / 12 minutes) take the Fairfield St exit from Piccadilly Station. Walk straight ahead and cross Fairfield St by the pedestrian crossing (ignoring the crossing to the right). Follow London Road under the railway bridge. Continue past the McDonald Manchester hotel following the sign for the A6 to Stockport. Cross under the flyover (Mancunian Way) and London Road becomes Downing Street. Continue past Storage King and the School of Sound Recording until you arrive at Ardwick Green North. Turn left past the army base and follow the road around to the right behind the park. The St Thomas Centre is the church building on the left set back from the street next to Cotter Street. Please see the map below.

map to the AGM Venue

Map to the Venue

Directions by bus

Take the Fairfield St exit from the station (signed “local buses”). As you leave the station by the taxi stand the bus stop is immediately on your right on the same side of the road. You can take any of the bus nos. 192, 196, 201, 203, 204, or 205 and ask for Ardwick Green. The journey takes less than 5 minutes and is operated by Stagecoach Manchester.

Directions by Rail

The closest railway station is Manchester Piccadilly, which has direct train services to most parts of the U.K.

If you arrive in Manchester Victoria, Piccadilly Station can be reached by tram.

Train timetables can be found on www.nationalrail.co.uk.

Directions by Coach

National Express stops in Shudehill Interchange Coach Station, there are frequent Tram Services from there to Manchester Piccadilly Station.

www.nationalexpress.co.uk

www.megabus.com

Nearest Airports

The closest Airport is Manchester Airport which has a direct rail link to Manchester Piccadilly which takes around 20 minutes. From Liverpool John Lennon Airport, you can take the 86a bus to Liverpool South Parkway, which has many trains to Manchester Piccadilly. Total journey time is 60-90 minutes.

Local Accommodation

There are many accommodation options in Manchester City Centre, ranging from a bed in a hostel dorm to five star hotels. The cheapest accommodation for single rooms is easyhotel in Newton Street (£44 per night) and Ibis budget on Pollard Street (£49 per night). Cheaper accommodation may be found further away from the city centre.

You can find local accommodation on websites such as www.hotels.com www.booking.com www.lastminute.comwww.trivago.co.uk www.laterooms.com and www.hostelbookers.com.

Accommodation books up very quickly in Central Manchester though so if you need to stay anywhere overnight, please make your bookings ASAP.