Do No Harm
September 23, 2013
By Autism Society
Two weeks ago, the mother of Issy Stapleton, who is diagnosed with autism, allegedly attempted to kill her. While Issy’s mother is being held in jail for her alleged actions there is speculation the harm was done, merely, because Issy has autism. In another case, a mother and the child’s caretaker were arrested for murder and evidence suggests the alleged murder was because that child was living with autism. These and other similar tragedies are alarming and too common.
We all can agree harming another human being because of a diagnosis of autism is wrong and certainly illegal in our society. During this month, we have seen on discussion boards, Facebook, and media reports, many folks saying they can understand the stress and pressure of the parent which may suggest justification for the harm done. The Autism Society, self advocates, and others, have said there can never be any justification or toleration of harming a person living with autism or any disability in our society. We believe one of the solutions would be to provide more responsive crisis supports for parents, caretakers and individuals living with autism so they can receive help to deal with day-to-day challenges. Society must do a much better job of being there to help the person in crisis and be there to protect the person who may be harmed.
The Autism Society has a seven day a week Contact Center that can help anyone feeling overwhelmed, hopeless and in need of support. If anyone reading this needs help, please call us at 1-800-3-AUTISM (Spanish support provided). We will always advocate against any effort of harming of a person simply because the individual has autism. Remember, we are here to help those living with autism and their families, please call!
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The Autism Society, the nation’s largest and oldest grassroots autism organization, has chosen Pittsburgh as the host city of its 44th annual conference on autism spectrum disorders.
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Individuals with autism can attend the Autism Society National Conference and Exposition (in Pittsburgh) for FREE this year! Learn more: www.autism-society.org/conference.
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Monarch Teaching Technologies, the makers of VizZle®, web-based educational software for visual learners with autism, will give one-year of free VizZle to every new (or renewing) Champion Member during April.
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