Support The Wall – Le Mur

A project of Autism Rights Watch against censorship in France

Our online petition was released at the Press Conference in New York City on Jan. 26th, 2012. If you have not done so yet, we invite you to sign it online.

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/2/autism-stop-abuse-autistics-france/

Introduction

Target: French President Nicolas Sarkozy

Sponsored by: Support the Wall – Autism: Help Stop abuse of Autistics in France – Now!

Dear Friends,

Please take a moment to sign and circulate this urgent petition. So far, we successfully have raised awareness on the culture of abuse of autistics in France. Help stop abuse of Autistics in France – Now!

You can do it online or send a copy to the nearest French Embassy or Consulate.

We are deeply concerned by the human rights abuses against autistics living in France.

France must put an end to the widespread discrimination and segregation.

France must take actions so that autistic children are not exiled to Belgium.

France must condemn the practice of invasive care and condemn the providers.

France must deinstitutionalize special needs education.

France must stop the use of psychiatric hospitals for the ASD-diagnosed.

France must implement international standards and internationally-based practices.

France must invest the resources necessary to improve the life of all of its special needs citizens.
We are fearing for the well-being of children and adults with Autism living in France

David Heurtevent
Co-founder of Support The Wall – Autism

International Petition

Dear President Nicolas Sarkozy,

I am deeply concerned by the human rights abuses against autistics living in France. I urge your country to take decisive action to end the basic human rights infringements observed by the international autism community. On Feb 18, 2010, France ratified the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. In its Article 4, the convention mandates signatories “(b) to take all appropriate measures, including legislation, to modify or abolish existing laws, regulations, customs and practices that constitute discrimination against persons with disabilities and (c) to take into account the protection and promotion of the human rights of persons with disabilities in all policies and programmes”. In 2004, a resolution of the Council of Europe already condemned the educative segregation in France. Yet, in January 2012, a report produced by your own government shows that your government has failed to reduce the widespread situation of segregation and discrimination for autistics. Your government’s decision to declare 2012 the year of National Attention to Autism cannot hide these horrid facts.

France must put an end to the widespread discrimination and segregation faced by children and adults living in France with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD).

France must take actions so that autistic children are not exiled to Belgium. I am astonished by the fact that parents are forced to exile their children to Belgium, because France is unwilling or unable to provide accommodation in appropriate institutions and refuses to make evidence-based therapies available for the education of children with special needs.

France must condemn the practice of invasive care and condemn the providers. I am appalled by the fact that France continues to allow invasive care for autistics and condones Packing, a technique for wrapping children in freezing-wet clothes, despite national and international uproar. This institutional culture of ignorance and abuse must stop!

France must deinstitutionalize special needs education. I am saddened by the fact that France continues to consider institutionalization as the solution for children with special needs. Facts show that 80% of children diagnosed with ASD are not schooled regularly. This is deliberate segregation by France!

France must stop the use of psychiatric hospitals for the ASD-diagnosed. According to your government data, 60% of the patients in isolation wards in psychiatric hospitals for more than thirty days are diagnosed with ASD. Their place is not in psychiatric institutions!

France must implement international standards and internationally-based practices. I am surprised that diagnoses such as infantile psychosis continue to be used in France, despite best practices and new definitions, and that autism often is viewed by professionals as infantile psychosis (schizophrenia).

France must invest the resources necessary to improve the life of all of its special needs citizens.

I fear for the well-being of children and adults with Autism living in France.

admin On January - 26 - 2012

10 Responses so far.

  1. JOUANNE ghyslaine says:

    Quand on constate les progres faits par un jeune autiste intégré en milieu dit “normal”, on ne peut que regretter que cela ne soit pas proposé plus systématiquement.Dommage que l experience initiée par un comedien français,dans le nord,en collaboration avec un hopital,ne puisse concerner que si peu d ‘enfants !! Il est grand temps que la France change sa façon de voir ce probleme.

  2. Laine Wilder says:

    It is shocking that such a “civilized” and educated culture can lack such empathy towards those who are weak. Without immediate change on the the part of the French government we will call for serious and drastic sanctions towards France. I have already begun mine.

  3. Judith Homewood says:

    Please stop this abuse. I am the mother (and grandmother) of a disabled adult child and her disabled daughter. Loving, caring family environmeents are what we need along with government subsities to help take care of these children’s needs. They deserve the best life that we can give them. so they can strive in their environment, they are a joy…..not to be locked up and treated inhumanely! SHAME!

  4. Janet Garcia says:

    Barbaraic methods to cope with Autism/Asperger’s Syndrome! France needs to be educated and open their eyes to advances and updates in compensating and working with not against these intriguing individuals who are “born this way!” Cold, wet sheets, as well as over-medicating will never make Autism “go away”. The world’s genetics are changing. We need to pay attention to that fact. Get with the program, France!

  5. John Lathrop says:

    My daughter is diagnosed along the spectrum as PDD-NOS. She’s 16 now (& doing quite well) but as a child she liked to be wrapped tightly & slept under a weighted blanket. This cold pack & stuffing them together in a room is definitely torture of the worst kind. Just as each person resides somewhere along the spectrum so too must their therapy.

  6. Paulo Gomes says:

    Registro aqui meu repúdio a todo e qualquer tipo de abuso contra os autistas!

  7. George says:

    For a look at life for a severely autistic adult inside a state institution in a “civilized country like USA” see the article on line: “No justice for severely-autistic adult in california” It’s time for cameras in all these places. This can’t happen again. It’s happened too many times. So don’t get all up in arms over France. The abuse of autistics is STILL going on right here in the good ole USA.

    • admin says:

      The difference is that abuse is widespread in France and not limited to a few institutions, hence our commitment to this issue.

  8. Julie Anne Kelly says:

    I was totally shocked and horrified to learn that such a well educated country could show such ignorance towards innocent children. Stop this abuse these children need love and attention not tortured. Educate yourselves and you will see just how special these children are.

  9. Please stop the abuse and torture of autistic people who have done absolutely nothing wrong and deserve no punishment for anything.

Leave a Reply


  • RSS
  • Delicious
  • Digg
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Linkedin
  • Youtube
Sophie Robert - Sexual Theory - Youtube teaser - Guidino Gosselin

Shocking: “The pedophi

After a quiet period of a couple months following the ...

2012-08-06-LeProgres-les-sourires-cachent-la-detresse-naima-matalibi-veut-montrer-au-monde-qu-ahmed-n-est-pas-dangereux

Le Progrès (Loire, France)

This article on a family was published on August 1, ...

2012-04-Mediapart-extrait-lettre-Bertrand

Autism: an embarrassing let

Couple days ago, we released the translation of an article ...

2012-07-02-Mediapart-Vinca-Riviere

Mediapart (July 02, 2012):

The following article describes a lawsuit in Lille against an ...

Lettre de Jean Marc Ayrault Premier Ministre - UFORCA - Autisme

Why the new French Prime Mi

The new Prime Minister Jean Marc Ayrault was until recently ...