Just when we thought it couldnât happen here â whoops! Meet Dan, thanks to the charity Action for Children. Theyâve created a cunning advert in which a boy with Aspergerâs 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 childrenâs home where he learned to get over his homesickness in only a year and beat the nasty monster who had made him so âloud,obnoxious and generally bad-temperedâ about bullies.
He was able to âcorrect a lot of errors in his behaviourâ thanks to the lovely Carers.
So whoâs up for a punch-up with Action For Children? In my book, that wouldnât be an âerror in behaviourâ . It would be a pleasure. In fact, a Facebook page of protest has been filling up rapidly with posters all with behavioural errors. Theyâre 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. â We deliberately avoid the more traditional charity methods of playing on guilt or shockâ 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 isnât a guilt trip or a shock tactic. Thatâs OK then.