Last month, autism campaigner Kevin Healey launched an ambitious campaign to better protect people with autism from bullying. It is rapidly gaining traction, with celebrity support, national media coverage and masses of activity across Twitter.
Kevin, who is an ambassador for The National Autistic Society, said:For far too long now, adults on the spectrum have been targeted by bullies. I have been a victim of bullying, first as a child, again as a a teenager and now as an adult of 38. Cyber bullying now has got so severe I’ve even had death threats.
The Anti-Bullying campaign has been championed by Kevin’s army of over 200,000 Twitter followers and received the backing of celebrities such as Ricky Gervais, Katie Price and Melanie Sykes. Channel 5 News and The Daily Mail have also covered his efforts.
81% of respondents to a recent NAS survey said they had experienced verbal abuse, while 47% reported that they have been victims of a physical assault. We also found 24% had been victims of cyber-bullying – an important focus of Kevin’s campaign.
Mark Lever, NAS Chief Executive, said:The bullying, exploitation and harassment of people with autism has no place in modern Britain and has to stop.
It is appalling that people with autism become targets because of their disability, but unfortunately due to the social difficulties people with autism experience it can leave them vulnerable to being taken advantage of by unscrupulous individuals.
Kevin has campaigned tirelessly on this issue and we commend him on his success in bringing the important issue of the bullying of people with autism to such a large audience.
Kevin Healey’s campaign is bringing to light the desperate need to protect vulnerable people from bullying. This is a serious problem for many young people with autism and we are happy to support Kevin. Our vision is a world where all people on the autism spectrum have the specialist care and support they need to lead fulfilling and rewarding lives. This depends upon a world in which people with autism are treated as equals and protected from discrimination. We thank Kevin for standing up for people with autism and not allowing them to become invisible
At both Wiltshire Mind & HEALS, we are very passionate & strongly believe that everyone should be treated with dignity & respect, regardless of who they are, where they’re from or whatever forms of disabilities that individuals may have, including autism & learning disabilities. We salute Kevin Healey’s campaign, to educate people on such issues & to stop the constant bullying of vulnerable & autistic people, which often blights & makes the lives of tens of thousands, a huge misery.
As the UK’s leading independent health website, we sincerely hope including Kevin’s story and campaign on our site will boost his cause.
Fairway Training (Healthcare) are delighted to support Kevin Healey’s Anti-Bullying Campaign. We believe that all people should be treated with dignity and respect. Unfortunately we live in a society where the very vulnerable are not protected and we must endeavour to ensure that all individuals receive the help and support they require. It is therefore imperative that people listen to Kevin’s message and help us educate people to make a change
“Autism in Scotland supports Kevin’s anti bullying campaign because autistic people need better protection from all forms of bullying.
It is not acceptable for any person to be targeted by anyone and presently there is not enough understanding within the legal system about autism and neither is there enough protection against bullying of any sort. Cyber bullying and trolling is a particular worry and Autism in Scotland has supported adults who have experienced this. Sometimes online networks and forums are the only support autistic adults get, it should be a safe place for them.
Autism in Scotland wishes Kevin Healy all the best and will follow the campaign and support by sharing any information via the AIS networks.”
“Bullying people with autism – be it in real life or online – is completely unacceptable and enough is enough. Ambitious about Autism knows the devastating and long-term affect being bullied because of their disability can have on young people with autism. It can damage their self-esteem and confidence, and blight their whole family’s lives.
Kevin Healey knows all too well what it’s like to be bullied because of his autism and we applaud him for campaigning to raise awareness about this important issue. It is time to stop the bulling of people with autism and make sure they are treated with respect and dignity.”
Dylan from ADG, made the logo, campaign posters, tweetstorm poster and billboard
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