There has been speculation that the shooter in today’s horrific massacre in Connecticut was autistic. Whether he was or not, he committed a purely evil act, but that is NOT autism. Autistic people are already subject to discrimination, abuse, and marginalization. Connecting this crime with autism only makes it worse. Autistic people as a group are no more likely to commit a crime than anyone else, and they need not be feared.
From ASAN’s press release about the media reports:
“Should the shooter in today’s shooting prove to in fact be diagnosed on the autism spectrum or with another disability, the millions of Americans with disabilities should be no more implicated in his actions than the non-disabled population is responsible for those of non-disabled shooters.”
“Today’s violence was the act of an individual. We urge media, government and community leaders to speak out against any effort to spuriously link the Autistic or broader disability community with violent crime.”
Read the whole thing here: