Some advocates fear backlash against individuals with autism

12/19/2012 | Education Week

Some disability advocates are concerned about media speculation that the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooter may have had a form of autism spectrum disorder or a mental health disorder, education reporter Nirvi Shah writes in this blog post. Advocates such as Kristine Melloy, president of the Council for Children with Behavioral Disorders, fear more emphasis on separation instead of inclusion for individuals with autism and other disabilities. "The main message to get out to the community is that all children and youth with disabilities, even children and youth who are prone to demonstrate violent behavior, are not likely to demonstrate the level that was demonstrated last Friday," she said. "That's a rare kind of behavior."

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