My name is Ian Hedges and I have Asperger’s Syndrome also known as Autism Spectrum Disorder or ASD. I know first-hand how it feels to have every door to society closed in your face because this world is geared for “Normal People” and people like me are left marginalised. Life for an “Aspie” in the 80’s and 90’s was absolutely horrendous. The suicide rate amongst autistic people is significantly higher than those who are neuro-typical and if you were unlucky enough to attend school in the 90’s and you had autism, you would really know why.
I have a list of questions I would like to address to the eleven candidates for the election of the UKBGF Board of Directors, in the hopes that this will encourage positive debate. A link to the manifestos page is included here for reference.
1. ACCOUNTABILITY – How should the UKBGF improve accountability to its members (e.g., Annual General Meetings, annual accounts and proposed budget reports, minutes of Board and Committee meetings, performance measurement of Board Directors, Management and Business plans, use of independent auditors and complaints officers, etc.) [Read more…]
Nominations are now closed and we have a grand total of eleven candidates for the UKBGF Board for 2017-8. We are now asking you, the members, to select the seven who will make up the Board.
You will find the candidates, together with their answers to the questions we asked them all here: http://ukbgf.com/2016-election-manifestos/ – if you wish to ask them any further questions, then feel free to use the comments section on this page.
I’m surprised that I haven’t been asked this question more often. UKBGF members have a right to know what their membership fees have been used for and, as UKBGF Treasurer, I have been acutely aware of my obligation to provide more information about this.
A couple of months back I decided that the end of June would be an appropriate date for the financial year-end… actually a year plus a few months, counting from when we started to receive membership fees. Although I have gradually been compiling these figures since July, there has always been something more pressing requiring my attention; hence the delay. Full accounts will have to wait a little while longer and will require a bit of assistance. However, the need to publish some interim figures is quite urgent, given that prospective candidates in the forthcoming UKBGF Board elections may want more information about the health of UKBGF finances before deciding whether or not to stand. Voting members might be interested too!
The intention of the UKBGF is that it be fully democratic and to be owned by and represented by its members. The current Board is coming to the end of its two-year tenure and it is time to begin the process of electing a new Board for the two years 2017-8. The new Board will decide the future direction of the organisation and while much has happened in the last two years, those elected will be able to develop new ideas as they see fit.