Monday, July 8, 2019


SUPPORT, by definition, includes automatically caring about any perceived-unfair experience anywhere for anyone who you share a support circle with, e.g. fellow member of ELAS. That vulnerabilites are involved and suicidalities could ever be triggered by not following this, rightly forces your hand to agree it - that is the good strong way to hold fairness ethics in place.

Because presumption of innocence matters equally strongly the obligation does not include having to accept at the upset person's word that the place they are upset with is guilty. They have to be simultaneous, and to explain that: observing presumption of innocence towards the upset-with party, and besides that, supportiveness towards the upset party. Holding that their experience MATTERS.

It is always a breach of support to say that any person's social trauma ever matters less than some wider social convenience for yourself. Now, important progress, we can say this also breaches vulnerable groups' safe space. That is a point of law on the honesty of safety + supportiveness in absolutely any aspie organisation. On both counts it illegally risks prompting suicidality. You commit this breach if you ever, ever, tell someone with a grievance against an organisation or service, that your own good experience of that organisation or service makes you upset to hear their angle and that they should not say it. If you tell them that your preexisting belief that the organisation does good work and has done for you, means they should not say anything to you against that organisation.

It is unscrupulous ever to tell anyone that, + if is an abuse crime to do it in a support group. Impacting unfairly on every witness of it as well as the victim. Why is it these things? Because it rejects an unjust experience from getting heard and supported. It's a form of "I'm all right Jack." It announces that your happy good perception shall selfishly kick aside someone else's real situation + suffering, shall annul it from mattering.

Whatever organisation or group you defend when you do this evil, you turn it into a cult. For non-hearing of criticism is a cult situation - and an exploitation relationship, which is another point of the vulnerability law. It does the abuse of making a person feel gagged about their own maltreatment if they want to stay in social favour.

In the Jehovah's Witnesses, members are instructed never to listen to any criticism of their organisation, to automatically believe it comes from Satan! Combined with which, dissension from the leadership's instructions can result in "disfellowshipping", which means complete social cutting off of speaking terms by everyone. To take part in the shunning is itself one of the instructions that it can be a disfellowshipping offence to break! Which set-up obviously keeps their leadership from having any accountability at all from their followers, for anything they decide or do. If obviously works as a social trap upon everyone who has joined JW and complied with its instruction to drop their social ties outside it. Several controlling religions have disfellowshipping, it was the Plymouth Brethren who invented it, Scientologists call it disconnecting.

ELAS in fact has submitted to parliament that there is a public health duty for disfellowshipping to be banned. This was when new science on physical health effects of loneliness prompted a parliamentary consultation on it, in 2015, which ELAS was actually invited to respond to.

So look at the total parallel that is committed, when any aspies declare that their own good experience and opinion of a particular autism service makes them not want the upset of hearing another aspie's bad or critical experience of it. It sets up exactly the same silencing and hiding of any problems at all, as in a cult. It puts the service's managers beyond accountability. But no service, no matter how much good it does, ever deserves that loyal level of character trust. Only with accountability are malpractices + abuses deterred. Compare with the church child abuse scandals where there has been loyal trust in clergy's character. Compare it with patriotism: why is patriotism a discredited nonsense? Because it was the same loyalty to accept, or to refuse belief in, bad things from leaders, and that produced some: produced big wealth disparities and the horrors of WW1. No matter how good a particular government does, democracy always needs to watch out for it doing any bad. Consider whistleblowers, from Chelsea Manning to Peter Gregson's local campaign for them in Edinburgh council. No matter how well an institution is running, blind trust in its character will allow the types of hidden wrongs to happen that whistleblowers are needed to stop. You are a self-endangering fool if you reject the whistleblowing and declare that you would rather comfortably believe your council us above criticism because your own life is okay. When it stops being okay, you will have nowhere to turn, exactly because YOU TOOK AWAY FROM OTHERS ANYWHERE TO TURN.

That is the sheer
  • folly for themself,
  • maltreatment of others,
  • irrationality, of openly announcing a choice to live in fantasy,
  • human nastiness,
committed by any aspie who tells another not to speak ill of a particular service or organisation. That is why, on pain of several points of vulnerable groups' law, no ethical support society can ever stand for that wrong.

Maurice Frank

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

travel injustice could not happen if we were getting listened to properly

News story from the Independent and Yahoo news: Man has hundreds docked from wages for boarding train without ticket, despite being in wrong city at the time.

Not an autism story, this is an ordinary person. BUT - this scenario could not happen at all, to ordinary folks, to anyone, if something arising from autism, that I have been raising ever since the noughties, had been acted on. Something that Scottish Autism meaninglessly stated only that it "noted".

That all carrying of physical documents to prove your entitlement when you travel around, is a disability discrimination, because it treats unequally all medical minority groups who have a greater than equal likelihood to lose the document by human error. This includes dyspraxics, and autistics by our condition's effect on fine motor skills and link to dyspraxia. Those medical words mean, our coordination in handling small objects is less than equally good.

If this item is acted on on the principle that discrimination items can never be ignored and that answering minority groups' needs is never a selective choice -principles that the system is only functioning honestly if it follows - then it abolishes tickets. Passes, the identity cards that New Labour wanted: it does away with all physically carried proving of entitlement to mover around.

It abolishes tickets. Passports too.

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

success: Scotland is an uncomfortable place to promote ABA

ABA, Applird Behaviour Analysis,the personally controlling penalty-based approach to trying to remove autistic traits actions and behaviours, especially from kids. It leaves a trail of post-traumatic stress, it creates anguish by trying to prevent the person's inbuilt being and limitations. So the autistic self-voicing and self-advocacy movement holds it to be an abuse, fughts is against it as a major moral anger.

Today 5-3-19 we took part in showing that we care enough and get others to care enough, that Scotland is big problem and no-no for ABA' proponents to bring promotional events to. A day workshop promoting child ABA, by "Carbone Clinic", was hosted at Dalmahoy country club hotel, off the road to Livingston, but that venue was successfully shown that the campaign issues for kids' safety mattered, and amicably hosted a protest demo of autistic adults too. Called by national group Autistic Inclusive Meets, and folks came from Clydeside and even from London for it. We showed the attenders an all-day presence got most of them flyered and some of them talking. Showing them there is a big concern from the voices of spectrumite adults, that approaches bssec on personal change do damage and don't work.

ABA is not getting promoted here without our facts heard. As we handed out:

ABA is a conversion therapy. Conversion therapies such as against gay and transgender have been banned in several countries worldwide. Sources that this therapy can cause PTSD in both autistic kids + adults subjectec to it:

Tuesday, February 26, 2019


ELAS is a much SAFER, nicer, all-round better group without, and since seeing the back of, the unscrupulous faction of 4 who split away from it 15 months ago openly opposed to us observing our carefully developed fairness ethic. Including a former chair, who had been brought down from that office by determining on a corrupt breach of that code, they in a faction of 4 openly wanting us to be tough social cynics and not have any binding ethics. Illegal against the law of adult protection, and opposite of the whole point of support society for a communication-troubled minority. Immoral animals weeded out by morally good ethics.

In their split, they dropped cut off and rejected the whole rest of ELAS, nearly all of whom had had nothing at all to do with the events leading to their departure, by it suddenly ending for those folks, some quite vulnerable, some personal support ties that had been well established for years. THIS INCLUDES THE MEMBER WHO RECENTLY DIED, which means they did that breach to him, dumped him, IN THE LAST 15 MONTHS OF HIS LIFE. For something whose causes he had had nothing to do with.

Their presence today, all 4, at the memorial gathering for him was particularly offensive, 15 months after they unscrupulously backstabbed him !!

Trying and failing to erase that they did that. It does not erase it, it compounds it. Towards all of ELAS it compounds all the illegal aspects of their past actions, to have such an offensive height of brass neck. Held in contempt. Underlines them being seriously bad people.

Maurice Frank

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

rational = poof

From a post on FB by a guy with schooldays in Fife:

"When I was at school, everyone was scared to give the right answer to the teacher in case they were called a "poof".
(In Fife schools all boys were classed as poofs at a moment's notice, for doing anything that suggested they were intelligent or sensitive humans. That was forbidden." ...

"Nowadays, people running about trying to use big words they don't really understand to seem clever.
Ironic, because if they hadn't pretended to be stupid in the first place they would have learned what the big words mean and realise there's no need to use them."

Such a destructive system does any good???
Authoritarian Schooling, a catalogue of damage, by David Gribble

Sunday, November 18, 2018


Today, in the later half of November, is blue sky sunny, but from a frosty start, nippy enough air to have some folks in woolly hats, and some of the seasonal German market's security staff wearing scarves over their mouths. Temperature up to 9 then falling to 6 at sunset.

In this, in the crowd exploring the German market there were as many as 6 other folks in shorts. Both adults and kids, and from both visually apparent sides of the gender spectrum. (Well worded?) I, as an aspie with a shorts sensory issue and a metabolically active body heat, have a lot of pain baggage around a minority identity struggle that I did not get a good life start in. So to see actually what I want, the social liberty I care about doing well and advancing, carries pain. The pain of needing simple equal recognition, needing to be identified as one of the shorts favouring folks comfortable in this type of air and further.

I did not see this in my childhood/youth. Is it climate change, that more folks find days at this time of year sunnier now, hence also milder? Yet there were some folks visibly wrapped up feeling cold, and all of us shorts folks were also wearing coats. Is it this region's climate, helpful to folks finding their cold boundaries: for I have always thought that shorts are seen more and colder here in East-Central Scotland than they were in the unhappy exiled location of my childhood, South Wales. Is it the existence of the web, allowing now for anyone who doubts it to confirm that colder shorts are doable and won't give them colds. Is it a good era shift, away from the evil conformity caused by hard macho attitudes in the punk and alternative comedy eras? I grew up before the web, but after the mid-century tradition of knee-length breeches for boys had died out; and in a region affected by saturated damp air causing cold-like symptoms that prevented me until my 20s from discovering my shortist identity as a real life option; and I was never a cub because my tastes were not outdoor enough and did not at the time know they wore them; and I went to a school whose uniform was rigidly only long trousers right from above the first primary year; and the unfairly difficult older boyhood when there is an irrational age prejudice against shorts I was at exactly in the punk era when shorts were most out of fashion. Amid all that unfair hammering of circumstances, never did I see what I saw today, nor before my 20s get the opportunity to be one of the folks seen in them on this type of day at this tine of year. But my soul identity has always been that I should have been.

So even if it's good right social change and to be celebrated, also it's a deep stinging oppression pain concerning life fairness. For all shortists who have been oporessed and in struggle, I have to push society and posterity to consider analysis of the causes.

Maurice Frank

Saturday, October 27, 2018

liberty of a healthy personal taste for fruit flavour

Western Mail (a newspaper in Wales) 19 Jan 1982:
""He has grown up a lot in the last year but he still prefers drinking Ribena to coffee."
It is for reasons like that that Mrs Frank is glad that Maurice is not emulating Ruth Lawrence by heading for university years before the normal age.
- age-bigoted words of a journalist keen to promote the ideas of abusive school teachers that never got me to uni at all, were already starting to crash, reaching breaking point just 8 months later. Wrong evil words, as kids who went to uni early escaped from the evil oppressiveness of school and had it turn out better for them.

My chapter in Bittersweet on the Autism Spectrum, book published by JKP 19 Jan 2017:
"That I still enjoy cold blackcurrant squash, a lifelong addiction, is actually a serious necessary triumph for personal autonomy. ...Every refreshing, uplifting squash drink is charged with anger, at all the hurtfully illogical family and peer pressures I suffered in my teenage years, to perceive fruit squashes as a juvenile taste that I needed to grow out of."

THE EMERGENCE OF DARK FRUIT STRONGBOW AS A POPULAR BAR DRINK HAS VINDICATED ME BIG TIME. It's a blackcurrant (and blackberry) cider. I celebrate tonight a further vindication: seeing a good number of folks drinking Dark Fruit Strongbow in the punk-themed setting of a pub gig titled Punkoween, in Monty's Bar, Dunfermline.

Maurice Frank