A WEST Cork couple have set up a new organisation to raise awareness on autism issues.
Drimoleague-based Fiona and Tim O’Leary, long-time campaigners for the rights of people with autism, have established ART – Autistic Rights Together.
Fiona, who is on the autism spectrum herself, says this is the first group of its kind in Europe – an autism organisation, run by autistic people.
‘We are currently campaigning on a worldwide level to help bring an end to the many abusive treatments being given to autistic people,’ explained Fiona.
‘Many of these so called ‘treatments’ are unlicensed and unproven to be of any benefit to autistic people, indeed many have serious and dangerous side effects on an individual’s health and well being,’ she told the Star.
Fiona, who has been to the forefront of many campaigns on the subject in recent years, was featured in an RTE Prime Time documentary this week, on the controversial use of Chlorine Dioxide, branded as a ‘miracle cure’ for autism, called MMS.
She says she now finds it unacceptable that in 2015 society is allowing autistic children and adults to be ‘experimented on’ with these dangerous unproven treatments.
ART will campaign against the use of MMS/CD, which is in essence a toxic bleach solution deemed unfit for human consumption by the HPRA, FDA and many other authorities.
‘MMS is being administered to autistic children and adults orally, via inhalation, baths and via invasive painful bleach enemas,’ she explained.
Fiona was also involved in the Justice for Mothers and Babies campaign last year, and organised a well-supported protest at City Hall in Cork.