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How Social Services & Other Professionals Discriminate

Autistic Parent
United Kingdom

Dec 1, 2016 — Dear Supporters,

what is a legally protected characteristic?

If you have a disability, in law, the difficulties or traits or characteristics related to that disability are protected and must not be discriminated against.

My communication with professionals has been targeted, even though I have always communicated in a professional manner.

Although this link is about children with Asperger's, the same applies to adults with the same condition: http://www.myaspergerschild.com/2009/06/aspergers-speech-and-language.html

Here is another web page about autistic communication: https://www.iidc.indiana.edu/pages/Social-Communication-and-Language-Characteristics-Associated-with-High-Functioning-Verbal-Children-and-Adults-with-ASD

But what it basically boils down to is professional arrogance in the face of failings, when lack of deference to their status has irritated them. Parents are not expected to politely query errors in reports, or provide information on why they think the correct conclusion about their child has not been reached, or persist in trying to obtain documentation that accurately reflects their child's needs. A professional may have only seen your child for an hour and doesn't know them, but their opinion is apparently unchallengeable. So what do they do in this situation? Exactly what they do to whistleblowers, they try to destroy and discredit. Doesn't anybody in these positions care about truth? Doesn't anybody remember that a child's special needs are at the heart of it?

Equality Act 2010 Guidance
https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/570382/Equality_Act_2010-disability_definition.pdf

Aside from our own Equality Act, we also adhere to The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities "However the ratification of the Convention by the United Kingdom on 8 June 2009 meant that, from its entry into force a month later, the Government undertook to be bound by the Convention obligations, and would continue to be so."
http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/ld201516/ldselect/ldeqact/117/117.pdf

"In summary, those subject to the equality duty must, in the exercise of their functions, have due regard to the need to:

* Eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment and victimisation and other conduct prohibited by the Act.
* Advance equality of opportunity between people who share a protected characteristic and those who do not.
* Foster good relations between people who share a protected characteristic and those who do not."
https://www.equalityhumanrights.com/en/advice-and-guidance/public-sector-equality-duty

Did social services point out to NHS staff they sought information from and who misrepresented me, that they were breaching their public equality duties and help to foster those good relations? No, they did not, they recorded these misrepresentations as fact (without any evidence, just their word), in breach of their own public sector equality duties as well as previously mentioned Data Protection Act 1998 breaches and Perjury Act 1911 breaches. Neither did they eliminate unlawful discrimination, they in fact actively took part in the same themselves.

Why are people with disabilities being put through this by public sector employees? Why do they think they are above the law?


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