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Autism and Violence

There is no connection between autism and planned violence.

 

Newtown Christmas Tree Memorial
Newtown Christmas Tree Memorial
Photo by Jim Sicile
My heart goes out to the families of the children and educators who were killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School, those who witnessed this massacre and to the community of Newtown as well.

Following the tragic massacre of 20 young children and 7 educators at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown it has been said that the killer, Adam Lanza, was diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome.

Connecticut's chief medical examiner, Dr. H. Wayne Carver has stated that Asperger's Syndrome is not associated with violent behavior, and that it is not considering it as a reason for Lanza's rampage on Friday.

Many autism organizaitons have published information on their websites since the massacre in order to better educate the public. Not everyone is knowledgeable about  autism and Asperger's Syndrome. It is important to have access to accurate information to dispel ignorance. Below are some links to better educate the public. Some links contain informaiton helpful for schools as well.

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 Autism Research Institute's Autistic Global Initiative

The Global and Regional Asperger Syndrome Partnership

Autism Society of America

Autism Speaks

Life is precious and unpredictable. This holiday season I am appreciateing every moment that I am lucky enough to have my children, my husband and other family members near me, but my thoughts will be with those who have lost their loved ones.

Chantal Sicile-Kira is an advocate, award-winning author, and speaker known for her practical advice related to autism. Her latest book is A Full Life With Autism.

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