The numbing horror that unfolded yesterday in Newtown, Connecticut has prompted many intense responses. The grief of those who lost children, family and community members is beyond words. Unfortunately for people with autism disorders and their families there are unconfirmed reports from various sources claiming that the alleged shooter had Asperger's or high functioning autism. These reports have in turn prompted wild speculation about autism as a cause of this unimaginable tragedy. There have been many intense responses to those claims.
I recommend everyone think of those who are lost and those who have lost them and consider the clear, concise and well informed statement issued by the Autism Society of America:
"There is absolutely no evidence or any reliable research that suggests a linkage between autism and planned violence".