A slew of articles have emerged rebuffing the earlier attempts to negatively the autism spectrum in the wake of the Newtown horrors. As many of you all no doubt saw, certain media outlets described autism and Asperger's Syndrome as signifying a great potential for violent behavior . . . even though studies show the exact opposite. While TV news gives a lot of charlatan clinicians airtime, it really seemed more the cause of an irresponsible rush to report than to demonize what we have. But suddenly our kids, most of whom are at a challenged social standing enough as it is, were being sent into schools where their peers had been informed on TV that being weird or socially aloof was something to be petrified of . . . and anti-bullying campaigns were set back a bit. Such "coverage" not only was inaccurate, but it was inaccurate (as we all know) and it prevented many of us all from trying to mourn with the families as best as we inadequately could.
We wish to thank the writers/publishers of these recently-released counterpoints, as well as list them.
However, before we share them with you . . . .At an appropriate time, we plan on asking for an apology from those news sources who erroneously cited a probable rather than possible link between autism/Aspergers and violent acts. If you have links to stories or TV clips that you feel painted us unfairly, please email them to email@example.com. We'll add them to the list, and act at that later time.
Thank you. Now back to those who deserve our praise:
From AP (here, via the Washington Post): Autism Experts Say No Evidence of Link Between Violence
We also thank the Boston Globe for running this piece.
From the National Journal: Don't Stigmatize Asperger's Syndrome in Wake of the Newtown Murders
From the New York Times: Don't Blame Autism for Newtown
Also from the New York Times: Adam Lanza, Asperger's, and a Misleading Connection With Violence
From the L.A. Times: Speculation Over Autism, But Shooter's "Why?" Has No Easy Answer
From U.S. News and World Report: Asperger's, Autism, Not Linked to Violence: Experts
From Autism Speaks: Peter Bell on Fox 5
From Fox News Channel (Yes, I'm in it): Has US Ignored Problems with Autism?
From the Huffington Post: In Times of Darkness, Love More
From Commentary: Newtown Coverage Not the First Amendment's Finest Hour
From the Daily Beast: Parents Push Back at the Suggestion Autism Was Behind Adam Lanza's ...
From the Delaware County Times: Asperger's Not to Blame for Sandy Hook Rampage
From the Jewish Journal: Stopping Asperger's From Becoming Another Victim in the CT Massacre
From Psychology Today: The Pain of Being Linked by Asperger Dx to a Mass Shooter
Thanks to all who were involved with these pieces.
We'll weather this. And maybe then get back to what we should have been doing in the first place . . . mourning.
Yours, y'all, and peace,
Michael John Carley