Shaun Bickley, Autistic Leftist Activist, full of vitriol and ableism, was confirmed today in a Commission Appointed seat on the Seattle Disabilities Commission.
Below is a link to the special meeting – there are several public comments which start at 12:15 and run through 26:00. The discussion with Bickley and Co-Chair ObeySumner regarding the appointment begins at 1:03:45 and runs through 1:31:29
I fully understand the process and the “hands-off” approach the city council is taking with a Commission Appointment. I also understand this is the first time there have been public comments opposing an appointment. Given that this appointment, with knowledge of the allegations and evidence of abuse, libel, discrimination, violations of First Amendment and violations of the Washington State Law Open Public Meetings Act, was confirmed sets a dangerous precedent in Seattle.
Is it an oxymoron that Mayor Durkan signed Executive Order 2018-04: Anti-Harassment and Anti-Discrimination today? This “will reform and update how the City addresses allegations of harassment, discrimination, and other forms of misconduct.”
The Ableds – anyone who is not autistic. The Ableds are the root of all the problems that autistic people face in society. The Ableds go out of their way to make life harder for autistic people. The Ableds do not understand autistic people. The Ableds are evil and are only self-serving. The Ableds are for eugenics. The Ableds. . . . .
Personally, I’m really tired of reading about “The Ableds” and reading about all they are doing to impinge on the lives of autistic people.
I’m not sure if autistic people have even thought about how the so-called “ableds” have actually been there providing support so that autistic people (and all the other disabled people – specifically those with intellectual and developmental disabilities) are not isolated in their homes – oops – that is an ableiststatement. How can one do anything that isn’t ableist in the eyes of these neurodiversity activists? And though “the abled” may not be autistic, they may have other disabilities that affect their ability to engage in meaningful activities of their own.
Many of “the abled” devote their lives to supporting those with disabilities so that the disabled have opportunities they would not have without that support.
Many disabled people, if not most, live in collaboration with their “abled” caregivers and support people. Some disabled people may be totally unaware that their support person has another life besides being there for support. because that “abled” person is devoting their life to support the disabled person.
What I find extremely discordant is that it seems that many of the people who identify as neurodiverse also identify as non-binary and prefer pronouns of they/them. For being so unyielding about their non-binary identity they are also very dogmatic about calling anyone who is not autistic “Abled”. There is no non-binary when it comes to Abled vs Disabled in their minds.
Wow – this is reality for many of our family and community members – this is why we become isolated. Inclusion for us is a fantasy.
A recent comment made to me by a King County District Court Judge regarding taking my son to a self-advocacy meeting and a Seattle Commission for People with Disabilities meeting ;
“I think you took your son there just to bother him” (referring to the Autistic Activist who told me that guardians are all self-serving and every person is able to speak for themselves)
Thank you, Judge, for your understanding – I do not take my son places to bother others – is that how you view INCLUSION, Judge?
Yes, I’m sure my son’s behavior does bother people and he is not able to be appropriate in many settings of inclusion. Waiting in line, being patient, being quiet, sitting down, keeping hands to himself, are all very difficult things which take constant support to try to have a resemblance of “appropriate” behaviour. It takes alot of energy to provide this constant support – one of the reasons that caregivers become isolated when ensuring people with disabilities are included. We don’t want to bother others and it’s not fun for us to try to manage our son’s behaviors in places that are difficult for him – it’s always a balancing act with a needed escape route.
So, if you see us out in our community – we are not there to bother or frighten you – we are there to try to give our son some meaningful experiences in life.
I have requested meeting minutes be posted their website. The Commission responded that it was up to the city to post the minutes, that they had been submitted.
I requested copies of the meeting minutes through City of Seattle Public Records Request for the minutes from June 2017 through March 2018. My response was returned “The records you requested have not been created and finalized by the commission because of lack of a quorum. As a result, there are no existing records that match your search.” (Office for Civil Rights)
How is a city commission able to function for over 8 months without a quorum and also elect new co-chairs? How can they function without meeting minutes?
This Commission needs to have some direction and oversight. It is run by people of questionable motives with little understanding of some of the real issues facing our community members with significant cognitive and developmental disabilities.
My experience with this Commission has only been since July, 2017 when I found out about their agenda to eliminate special certificates . By the time I had any information on this there had already been work done through the Office of Labor Standards. While I know there have been and still may be some people with integrity on the commission, they are not the ones that are making decisions and speaking on behalf of this commission.
From what I have seen since July 2017 bullying and causing chaos have been the behaviors that have been accepted by the commission. The Commission roster has changed and there are new co-chairs.
Without having a quorum for at least 8 months I’m very curious how decision have been made and why there has not been a quorum. How can new co-chairs be elected without a quorum? What guidelines does this commission follow in managing their meetings and work?
April 30, 2018 – Shaun Bickley (apparently co-chair) and Jessica Williams-Hall terms expire.