The Autism Spectrum According to Autistic People
David Gray-Hammond discusses his experience of being subjected to chemical restraint while an involuntary inpatient at a psychiatric hospital in the UK.
Editor’s note: This article is a commission from the International Coalition Against Restraint and Seclusion. It was written by Patrick Magpie. To commission NeuroClastic writers
One man sheds light on a terrifying reality for many autistics– that families commit their autistic children to psychiatric hospitals where they are abused, mistreated, restrained, and secluded.
Mike Wise recalls his time as an autistic student placed in seclusion as a punishment for being impulsive or not getting his work done.
Students with disabilities are often placed in seclusion, further isolated from peers. One sibling would no longer watch it happen to her little brother.
#ShineOnMax is the autistic community’s way of ensuring that the memory and Light of Max Benson stays ablaze for positive change in an unwelcoming world.