Support The Wall – Le Mur

A project of Autism Rights Watch against censorship in France

The week of January 23rd to January 29th 2012 can be regarded as a landmark week for “Support the Wall – Autism”.

Following the articles published in the New York Times and in the International Herald Tribune, this week confirmed the interest of the global autism community for the story of the film “The Wall” and more largely the issues faced by autism in France.

Jan. 24, 2012

“Support The Wall – Autism” and “Collectif Soutenons Le Mur” release funny videos to salute the nomination of the film “The Artist” to the Academy Awards. These videos are available in French, English, Spanish, Italian and German.
“Humour – Videos : Salute to “The Artist”: Psychoanalysts also need their awards!”
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The english daily newspaper “The Telegraph” is the first to publish an article mentioning the film for an issue outside of the autism community. “The transgender taboo is a threat to academic freedom “
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Jan. 25, 2012

BBC World Service talks about Autism in France.
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Jan. 26, 2012

The court verdict is released while Sophie Robert is visiting New York City. “The Wall” is censored. Sophie Robert decides to appeal but must pay financial damages first.
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A Press Conference is held in New York City. Many follow the webcast on the internet as well. During this conference, in French and in English, Sophie Robert reacts to the court decision and details how psychoanalysis highjacked the French Psychiatry. David Heurtevent, autism self-advocate, and co-founder of “Support The Wall – Autism” provides background information on the human rights situation in Autism in France.
The presentation and the Media Kit of this Press Conference are available online.
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“Support The Wall – Autism” officially launches an international petition to stop abuse of autistics in France. Within a few hours, this petition reaches the 500 signatures mark.
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The English-speaking Canadian weekly magazine Macleans publishes an article titled “The battle over the “cure” for autism”. In English:

Jan. 27, 2012

ABAI, the international ABA association, host a screening of the film “The Wall” at the 2012 Autism Conference in Phidelphia. Pr. Travis Thompson and Dr. Diane Fraser introduce Sophie Robert, who presents a 30 minutes version of her film, dubbed in English. David Heurtevent, autism self-advocate and Magali Pignard, a mom of an autistic child speak as well.
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Stuart Schneiderman, a former psychoanalysts, describes the fights as “an army of mothers” on his blog.
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In Belgium, the Dutch speaking newspaper De Standaard reports the court decision.
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Jan. 28, 2012

Foreign parents, professionals and journalists alike are appalled by the story.
French Connection, a francophile web-newspaper, publishes an article titled “Dark Ages and abuse of children in France”. In English:

In Belgium, De Standaard publishes a follow-up ‘Dit was misleidende montage’ Reportagemaakster (on)terecht veroordeeld?
In Dutch:

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