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Bristol, UK: The National Police Autism Association (NPAA) are today aware of a trend on social media site TikTok called the #AutismChallenge – reported as “the worst thing on social media”.
What seems to have begun as a well-intentioned campaign to raise awareness and acceptance of autism has escalated, which has resulted in the abuse of autistic and disabled individuals. This is hate crime, and it is not acceptable.
We advise any autistic person experiencing such abuse to report it to their local police service. Objectionable content on social media should be reported via the platform’s reporting facility.
The NPAA works with all UK police forces to help support autistic victims of crime, as well as continuing to support those within the law enforcement community whose lives are touched by it.
About us: The NPAA is an independent group supporting – and run by – UK police officers, staff and volunteers who are affected by autism (including Asperger syndrome) and other hidden conditions such as dyslexia, dyspraxia and ADHD. We welcome all police personnel with a personal, family or professional interest in these conditions.
My name is Lee Barnard and I am a member of Hampshire Constabulary within ACRO Criminal Records Office. I have been working as part of the Force from September 2010, and received an autism diagnosis in November 2015.
Since then ACRO have utilised my differences to test new software, create and review process guides as well as being a single point of contact for specific tasks.
They have worked with me to provide reasonable adjustments such as factoring regular breaks into my working day to ensure I do not become overwhelmed, to providing a trained person to come in through access to work for guided self-help and learning.
As well as the above, I had authorisation to go on an Autism Ambassadors course, raising awareness for my condition. As part of this I have delivered eight presentations, drawing on my own life experiences to raise understanding and acceptance within the Constabulary.
As part of the National Inclusion Week in 2019, I attended a panel discussion with a Chief Inspector, Police Officer and Volunteer Chaplain talking about our individual life experiences and taking questions from the audience. I also delivered an awareness session and a presentation to staff who had an interest in learning more. These have been well received to date and received some very thoughtful feedback.
The Equality & Inclusion Team at Hampshire Constabulary would like to thank Lee and other Autism Ambassadors for all their hard work in raising awareness for autism across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. We recognise they continuously look at ways to improve and better internal working conditions and external services to the public.