Just when we thought it couldn’t happen here – whoops! Meet Dan, thanks to the charity Action for Children. They’ve created a cunning advert in which a boy with Asperger’s Syndrome is depicted as having been eaten by that scary monster, autism. Just like in the good old US of A.
Yes, folks it was the autism wot dun it, and the good little boy inside the scary monster (would you believe it? ) kept smacking kids who were bullying him (tut tut, what is this world coming to?) and so they took him into a nice children’s home where he learned to get over his homesickness in only a year and beat the nasty monster who had made him so ‘loud,obnoxious and generally bad-tempered’ about bullies.
He was able to ‘correct a lot of errors in his behaviour’ thanks to the lovely Carers.
So who’s up for a punch-up with Action For Children? In my book, that wouldn’t be an ‘error in behaviour’ . It would be a pleasure. In fact, a Facebook page of protest has been filling up rapidly with posters all with behavioural errors. They’re a funny old thing, these developmental disorders. Many people with them tend to grow up (unbelievable though it is) into intelligent and articulate adults, some of them with articulate and funny blogs.
In the last few days AFC has been bombarded with email protests from around the world. That should leave all those media executive directors, like Polly Neave, with eggy faces and bullet holes in their feet. ” We deliberately avoid the more traditional charity methods of playing on guilt or shock” she says. http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2008/dec/29/action-for-children-advertising-nch
So now we know. Errors of behaviour caused by scary monsters isn’t a guilt trip or a shock tactic. That’s OK then.