AWN’s Appeal to Media Sources Covering Newtown, CT
There is no evidence linking planned criminal violence to autism.
With the tragic events unfolding regarding the recent school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary, we here at Autism Women’s Network send our heartfelt condolences to all the families. It is unimaginable what they are going through at this time. The loss of so many innocent lives is unspeakable and heartbreaking.
With a few media sources reporting that the shooter is on the autism spectrum, we want to make an appeal that reporters and news outlets tread carefully in this regard. First, nothing has been confirmed about any possible diagnosis the shooter may have had.
Secondly, there is zero evidence linking planned crimes to autism. It cannot be stressed enough that autistic people, as well as all people with disabilities, are more likely to become victims of violence and crime rather than the perpetrators of such: Crime Victims with Developmental Disabilities.
Safety Skills for Asperger Women: How to Save a Perfectly Good Female Life
Written by Liane Holliday Willey
The really tough parts of Asperger syndrome are obviously the most difficult to talk about, but if we don't... if we pretend life with AS is all jolly and cheer-filled, then we set ourselves up for certain failure.
This book was exceptionally hard for me to write because it shows my vulnerability and because it made me remember things I wish I could forget; things I wish never happened. Nevertheless, I am glad...
In Look Me in the Eye John Elder Robison wrote of his childhood with undiagnosed Asperger's Syndrome, and his new book Be Different further explores the Aspergian mind. Currently involved in autism studies at Harvard Medical School, he discusses his research and writing with Jo Case.
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Friday, September 2, 2011 - 10:00pm EDT - Sunday, September 4, 2011 - 6:00pm EDT
The Autistic Self-Advocacy Network is looking for an intern in the DC area for the Fall 2011 semester. The intern would assist with administrative and other tasks, such as research, to support ASAN's important work. Requirements include good organizational and time management skills, proficiency with Microsoft Office, and professional communication skills. This is an unpaid internship, but ASAN is happy to work with interns to arrange course credit. This is a great opportunity for someone eager to work in the disability rights community and gain valuable skills. Being a self-starter and having excellent computer skills is a must, as this position will occur primarily via teleco...... (read more)
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