Campaigning with Autism

I am going to the Faslane demo on Sunday.proud to be part of the movement which has come over since the Referendum and the Smith Commission. I always though have to think of my children who live with autism. Most of my campaigning  has to be fitted around my childrens’ lives. They are the reason I do what I do. We have gone on a few marches but Callum especially hates the noise and unpredictability of demos. So I had to write him a social story about why we are going to Faslane tomorrow.

I am a cold war child. I grew up hearing aeroplanes in the night and wondering if this was the time the bomb would drop. Nukes were part of the stories and television I watched. 2000AD my favourite comic even had a story called “meltdown man” where a man right at the detonation point of a nuclear bomb was hurtled into a parallel universe. The threat of the bomb did cast a shadow over my childhood. I wanted a different childhood for my own children but with no Independence the threat still looms there. I had not been to Faslane or the peace camp until a comrade organized a visit now I feel I have to give more time to them. They stand in the gap for all of us as a living protest against the weapons that may mean the end of all of us.

We live at the edge of the Glennifer Braes and if you go to the car park in the sky you can see across the water to the gates of Hell which is Faslane. Not that I tell my children that but we live less than 40 miles from Faslane meltdown central. I try to shelter my children as we all do but Cally like my earlier self is a worrier. He already feels sad that we didn’t win Independence. We were part of the “YES team” and believed we could wake up one day in a better country but it wasn’t to be. Not yet anyhow. So this is part of the reason I am taking Callum to the demo tomorrow.

We have spoken all this week about nuclear weapons which frighten him and I have written a social story about going to demos. A kind friend has given me a loan of her daughter’s wheelchair and we have ear protectors. I will take his favourite snacks and of course his tablet so he can retreat into his wee world if he needs to. I hope he won’t though I hope he will grow up to be a man who protests and cares for others. So we are going to the demo tomorrow and I am having to take him out of his comfort zone. I hope though for his future that Scotland can lead the way and be free of these weapons. I hope because I have to as a mum and am doing this for all our children.

About sandrassp

I am the mum to two sons who both live with autism. I am an ambassador for NAS Scotland and co-spokesperson of the Scottish Socialist Party. I am passionate about my politics both upper and Lower key, the arts in general and like to comment on everything that shapes my landscape. I am a mature student and have begun to dabble my toes into writing. I blog about family life and my day to day experiences. My philosophy is Up and At them and Always with a smile on my face.
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