Towards an inclusive society
The aim is to achieve social equality and equal opportunities for autistic people, in particular access to inclusive education and unhindered access to the job market. The independence of autistic people must be promoted and their dignity respected, while preserving the personal development and respect for the developing individual abilities of disabled children. This circumstance affects only the prohibition of discrimination. This can only be achieved by respecting, protecting and fulfilling their fundamental rights and freedoms.
It is the right of autistic children to know and be cared for by their parents. However, this does not exclude the right to appropriate and (threatening) disability support. Family life must be promoted and support must be provided to prevent the child from being separated. Germany has even undertaken to ensure that disabled children can participate in play, recreation, leisure and sports activities on an equal footing with other children, including school children.
It is recognised that disabled children can also claim all human rights and fundamental freedoms. The welfare of the child must under no circumstances be endangered, not even in a day care centre or other social room, not even through the imposition of barriers such as sensory noise. For the Federal Republic of Germany, the obligation not to apply cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment is implemented by the justified constitutional duty of all state authorities to protect human dignity.
When things get tricky
However, many problems can be solved in advance. We will be happy to advise you. In the event of problems, families can also contact the local police and arbitration courts, who can reliably resolve incidents, and suitable protective measures for the children can also be taken in writing and bindingly out of court.
Nevertheless, it must be emphasized that the well-beeing of the autistic child must be protected just as it is of any other child. No distinction can and must be made as to whether the child is autistic or not. Even in the case of autistic persons without intent, bodily injury or deliberate acts or mistreatment of protected persons would result.
Physical mistreatment, that is any wicked inappropriate treatment that is used, is not permitted either out of ignorance or on purpose. Any action against the autistic child which either impairs the psychological well-being or the physical or mental integrity not only insignificantly leads to the application of the rights of the FRG. Also for autistic children.
Cooperation with "experienced professionals" (child protection)
We therefore explain the risks taken by those who try out the above methods on their own offspring or on themselves. This is often accompanied by an endangerment of the child's well-being and must therefore be prevented as far as possible or ended immediately. As child-welfare organisation, we are equipped with the opportunity to involve experienced specialists in child protection issues, so that help can be provided immediately to all those involved. In urgent cases, please contact the hotlines of the centres specialising in emergencies. At present, we can only provide support.
We ask for your understanding that in such cases we are at present not able to offer any more advice and accompanying support to the peer support. Our organisation is not (yet) specialised in child protection and in such cases we work as a corporate member under our central association AWO exclusively with an experienced specialist of the AWO (currently exclusively in Berlin).