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.
Has anyone watched a TV show called the Big Bang Theory? Awesome sitcom. Sheldon Cooper is a stereotypical Aspie, even though he is never actually referred to as Autistic, Aspie, etc. He can't read facial cues or sarcasm, is very particular about any changes in his daily routine, is inflexible and feels a need to be in control all the time, knows facts about everything, doesn't show much emotion, doesn't touch people, uses computers and tech all the time, and has tried to invent a scientific formula for how to make friends. He has a roommate and some other friends, and they all work together as scientists at a university in southern Cal. I have seasons 1 and 2 on DVD and season 3 is on TV now (CBS in the USA). They are all considered "nerds" or "geeks" but Sheldon is the Aspiest of all of them!
Hi, I am Lori Berkowitz, the AWN tech person and web developer. I have been a freelance web developer for 15 years, and run a business called BeeDragon Web Services.
Services include web site design and development, web hosting, site maintenance, tutoring, and consulting. I have been creating sites for the autism community since 2005.
My specialties are community and small business sites, PHP/MySQL open source software, and rebuilding older sites to meet current standards. All web hosting is provided on high performance, secure, and reliable servers that are monitored around the clock and shared only by BeeDragon clients.
I am offering a 10% discount on all web sites for AWN members and supporters. Just mention AWN or enter it as a promotional code when checking out.
We are excited about the launching of AWN's Forum and Website. A million thanks to our Beta Test Group as we could not have worked out the bugs & kinks without your participation over at the site early on.
Just a couple of FYI's:
1.) AWN's official color theme is red; however, our Web Developer, Lori Berkowitz has given you additional theme colors to choose from in case the red causes you sensory issues. You will have a choice to switch to a blue or green theme at any time.