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Monday, December 17, 2012

The Shooting: Day Four

Autism advocates continue to push back on the story that autism may have had something to do with the tragedy in Connecticut.

Laura Shumaker in The San Francisco Chronicle wasn't going to comment, but "for my son Matthew’s sake, and for the sake of so many individuals with autism, clarification is needed."
Despite media reports alleging that the gunman involved in the Connecticut school shootings had Asperger's syndrome, experts were quick to assert Sunday that there is no link between the condition -- a mild form of autism -- and violence.
"There really is no evidence that links autism or Asperger's to violence," said Geraldine Dawson, chief science officer at the nonprofit advocacy group Autism Speaks and a professor of psychiatry at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.