|Ayn, in care and drugged, vacant look|
His wife Amie however, visited Ayn last week. Derek and Amie are in communication about all things pertaining to their daughter. Amie's was an eye-opening visit. The vibrant and dancing eyes of an energetic girl have been dulled by the administration of drugs that subdue her raucous and sometimes aggressive conduct. MCFD’s reasons for removal of this child will present a justifiable case to be sure. The gaze of the average observer, admittedly biased by sympathy for both Ayn and Derek, concludes the action was unnecessary. Derek parents three children, the youngest two of whom are autistic. He knows a good deal about autism. He is intelligent and articulate. Only Ayn, the youngest, was removed. She came to the attention of RCMP when Derek one day was compelled by concern for Ayn to call for assistance to find Ayn because she was missing from the fenced family back yard. She was found four hours later in a neighbour’s yard just a couple of doors away. She had done what children sometimes do, and what autistic children are prone to do – wander.
|Ayn elated after she cut her own hair|
Her mom and dad have divorced and laudably Amie grants that Derek is best suited to care for their children and is supportive of his good parenting. On August 18, 2011 on Derek’s Facebook group page he has written agonizingly. “They are drugging my daughter in order to make it easier for them to manage her. They are drugging her solely to reduce her will to resist. Seems to me there is something very wrong with that.. very, very wrong. If we all have rights, if Ayn has rights... do we not have the right to not be coercively medicated by the State in order to remove our will to resist?? Is it made Ok because she is disabled? Because the system is having a hard time handling her? Does this not fall under our right to Life and Liberty amongst others? What is it that is said or done if the government ever becomes destructive of these ends?” Derek mentioned the drugs being administered to his daughter. He is greatly offended and concerned for her health and wellbeing because she was not being medicated while living with him. He managed her by conversation and love. He wrote that there is a “long list at present she is on: Risperdal 2mg, Seroquel 25mg (PRN), benadryl (PRN), melatonin (unsure if nightly or not). Not sure if Chlopromazine 75mgx2 PRN is still prescribed but the foster mom, isn't using it. She was given Ativan 1 mg and Haldol 5mg immediately at the hospital, Cogentin and chlorpromazine the next day.”
In an Aug 17 comment following Amie’s visit with Ayn he wrote this. “Here is something heartbreaking, I am messaging Amie and she says all throughout the visit 5 or 6 times Ayn said "Go to Daddy's house another day."He also commented on Amie’s report of the visit. “She said Ayn seemed not like herself, very subdued and not very vocal, though she didn't seem heavily out of it. She said it did not go as good as she would have liked and for the most part Ayn played with objects in the room (puzzle, play doh, etc) and Amie just tried to coexist and to get involved.” When some FB followers asked for more information about this visit he responded. “I was told that Ayn was asking to see me today by the SW, not sure what their response to her was. As per her reaction to Amie I believe Ayn did initially fuss a bit but did not tantrum to any significant degree. Amie did not mention that she looked malnourished though she did say she looked like she needed a bath. I believe the visit was largely Ayn in a room doing her thing playing with play doh, assembling a Dora puzzle and Amie was engaging her trying to have it go smoothly and allow Ayn to see a familiar face. Both the SW and the supervisor described it as a "good" visit, Amie saw Ayn as subdued but not out of it. I don't believe Ayn was especially upset or affectionate. The drugs they have Ayn on are designed to treat acute manic delusions (which she does not have), one of the "adverse side effects" of these drugs is somnolence/sedation. It is that side effect which they are functionally using on Ayn. No video was allowed so really I do not know precisely how she is acting strangely. I will request permission for video and do not know what the possible reason for refusal will be, though they will likely do so, as I have requested video from the very beginning. …”
Please contact Derek Hoare directly at
Derek Hoare firstname.lastname@example.org