Alex Plank is possibly best known in the autism communities for his work with WrongPlanet.net as well as his work as a filmmaker. Mr. Plank has a new project in film making: a documentary about autism in France: Shameful, a film about autism in France.
In France there are still some views on autism which are controversial, to put it mildly. For example, the idea of “packing” as a therapy. Packing has recently been the focus of a concensus statement
Against le packing: a consensus statement.
Amaral D, Rogers SJ, Baron-Cohen S, Bourgeron T, Caffo E, Fombonne E, Fuentes J, Howlin P, Rutter M, Klin A, Volkmar F, Lord C, Minshew N, Nardocci F, Rizzolatti G, Russo S, Scifo R, van der Gaag RJ.
If you are unfamiliar with the names above, I’ll point out that they represent some of the most respected names in autism research. People who have come out publicly against this practice.
Back to Shameful: here is a description of the documentary:
Psychoanalysts in France have stated that Autism is a psychosis caused by the mother’s sexual issues. France refuses to provide families any support.
We traveled throughout France documenting countless families struggling to get support for their autistic children.
Shameful recounts the horrendous situations these families have been forced into by their country’s lack of support and the disinformation spread by experts there.
Many French parents have had to send their young children away to Belgium.
One study estimated that 80% of french autistic children are not even allowed to go to school.
and the trailer:
I hope this shines some light on practices and viewpoints which need to change. Now.
By Matt Carey