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No Linkage Between Autism and Planned Violence

Dec 19, 2012 -- 1:50 pm
From Judy Endow's blog: As a professional in the field of autism, a parent and an autistic myself, I am being asked by fearful parents, in the wake of last week's tragedy in Connecticut, if their child with autism who has meltdowns today might grow up to be a mass murder shooter tomorrow. First off, to quell your fears here is a sampling of reputable quotes from the recent news:
There is absolutely no evidence or any reliable research that suggests a linkage between autism and planned violence. The Autism Society of America, 12-16-12.
That having Aspergers or the autism spectrum in your life as an individual, a parent does not carry any bearing with whether or not you will become (for lack of a better term) a good person in this life. While the majority of statistics prove that we are infinitely more prone to be the victims of violence than the perpetrators of violence, we are not immune from becoming people capable of making terrible, horrible choices. No one is.Michael John Carley, GRASP, 12-14-12. To read the entire blog, please click: http://special-ism.com/no-linkage-between-autism-and-planned-violence/

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