12/15/12

Newtown Connecticut School Shooting Autism Connection - NOT

The Newtown Connecticut school shooting is one of the most horrific tragedies in American history, but there's another terrible tragedy that could potentially come out of this that could unfairly damage the lives of innocent autistic people everywhere.

The brother of the shooter Adam Lanza, has been quoted by police as claiming his brother "had a personality disorder and was somewhat autistic". As the parent of an autistic child, I was horrified to hear that autism was mentioned in this case. Personality disorders and autism have nothing to do with each other.

Whether the shooter had a personality disorder or not - he was certainly mentally ill, but autism had nothing to do with this tragedy. Autism is not a mental disorder - it's a neurological developmental birth defect. People with autism are not treated with medications or psychological therapy. They are treated with occupational, speech, sensory and special education therapies.

Autism is an epidemic that effects (1 in 88) American children, with no real explanation of the cause. In fact, autism cases have doubled in the past decade and the medical community is at a loss when it comes to confirming the cause.

As the parent of an autistic child, I'm pissed that the government hasn't sounded the alarm about the increased cases. In fact, any other disease that has increased the way autism has is considered an epidemic, but the (Powers That Be) never talk about autism. I've questioned prominent doctors about the increase of autism and they always tell me it's because of better reporting and diagnosis. I say that's a bunch of bullshit, but I won't go into my hypothesis in this post - because I don't want to deviate from the subject at hand.

The point is people with autism are not violent offenders in any capacity. Although each person with autism is different, they are all disconnected from society in some way and when they act out - they usually hurt themselves. Autistic people don't hate society - they just don't understand it and so they fear it. Autistic people are more connected to the earth than the rest of us. They don't seek out emotional offenses such as revenge or anarchy. In layman's terms, they don't think like that because autistic people hate confrontation. They run from confrontation and they never run to it!

What happened in Newtown, Connecticut was horrific and beyond words. It was evil and is truly unexplainable in any capacity. It doesn't come down to gun laws or school policies, or even society as a whole - and it certainly has nothing to do with autism. This terrible tragedy is about mental illness and pure evil. It's as simple and complicated as that!

We will never truly understand what led to the Newtown school shooting, just as we will never truly understand what led to Columbine and Jonesboro, but I know this - none of them have anything to do with autism.

9 comments:

  1. Great post. As he parent of an autistic child, thanks so much. lets hope people listen to you.

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  2. You are so right sir! Thanks for standing up for autistic people.

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  3. Thanks for posting this. My son has Aspergers which is now under the new autism spectrum. He has always been different, but he is also considered to be a genius. He is very focused in his interests and doesn't interact with many people, but he has a girlfriend and will be graduating college this year. We were worried early on that he might have mental illness of some sort, but he does not. He didn't speak much until he was almost 4 years old but when he did he wouldn't stop talking. He wouldn't hurt a fly and he cried when he heard about this terrible shooting. I'm glad someone is standing up for autistic people concerning this incident.

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  4. Autism is not a mental disorder! thanks for clarifying!

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  5. My brother has autism and he's the sweetest person you could ever meet. Yeah he's a little different, but he's also a millionaire at 22 years old from his internet business. He's always been obsessed with computers and coding. he create a very well known website that makes millions and we are so proud of him. He never did very well in regular school, but when he got into community college for computers, he thrived. I actually work for him now and I love my boss. Autism has nothing to do with violence and anyone who tries to add it to this tragedy is an idiot.

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  6. Tim Burton is autistic and I think Albert Einstein was too. i know he didn't speak until he was like four years old. My cousin has aspergers syndrome and he's one of my best friends in the whole world. He would never hurt anyone and he never liked confrontation. Shame on anyone that's bringing autism into this shooting event.

    I want to add that i am so sad for all the families involved because it's beyond horrible and down right evil. but please don't think this shooter had regular aspergers or autism because it just isn't right. he was mentally ill and evil. that's it!

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  7. I'm tired of hearing about this. Not because it's not important or because I don't care but because I cannot handle the pain of it all. God Help Us Please?

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  8. Yep.....................God help us all

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  9. God help the children.

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