So my memory is next to none and my colleagues call me weird for remembering every small detail. Today in the office the person who sits next to me turned to said "Your dead weird you, I reckon you have aspergers and are on the autistic spectrum"
He turned to another colleague and THEY BOTH started laughing but couldn't see that I took offense to it. My cousin had aspergers and was on the high end of the spectrum, unfortunately he died a few years ago in his sleep.
We all work at a private school so surely they know not be throwing comments like that around, especially since he's old enough to be my dad and she my mum.
It was just more to do with the fact of it being a school setting and that they should be less callous with their words when it is an extremely inclusive setting . No importance on the private bit at all, believe me!! But that's another story for another board!!
Every time I hear wankers make comments like this my blood runs cold . My DS 11 has autism and he is incredibly vulnerable, like so many others. It's hard enough to navigate the world as it is with an ASD without having to factor in dealing with offensive bollocks like this. Please report these people. It's scary to think they are working in an educational setting.
We have complaint procedures but the boss and he are very close. We are a very inclusive school and we work hard to accept all walks of life no matter what the race, gender or disability so for him to say it so callously was quite shocking tbh.
Imagine if parents / pupils heard this lazy and offensive stereotype (odd and autistic being interchangeable) and were disgusted (as I would be) or arguably even worse thought it was acceptable because supposed professionals used it.
Do you feel confident to report it? What a shitty situation for you OP, sorry
This is shocking and completely unacceptable, it also falls foul of discrimination legislation, the Equality Act 2010, by reason of perception - i.e. if you are harassed or victimised due to people perceiving you have a protected characteristic, such as being gay or having a disability, then that falls under the act.
The school management has a duty to protect you from such harassment and victimisation, and can get into hot water if they fail to protect you.