Emily Willingham: Autism, empathy, and violence: One of these things doesn’t belong here

16 Dec

Parent, editor of the Thinking Person’s Guide to Autism, biologist and science writer has written about the Newtown  Connecticut, Sandy Hook Elementary shooting in
Autism, empathy, and violence: One of these things doesn’t belong here

Some news coverage in the last 24 hours has mentioned autism in the context of the tragedy in Connecticut, particularly referencing Aspergers or “high-functioning” autism. Talking heads have brought up the “empathy” factor when discussing autism, and I’d like to set some of the record on that straight.

She does a great job “setting the record straight”. The rest of the article is available at: Autism, empathy, and violence: One of these things doesn’t belong here

The autism communities–autistics, parents and more– are shocked and offer sympathy and empathy to the communities involved in the shooting.

By Matt Carey

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3 Responses to “Emily Willingham: Autism, empathy, and violence: One of these things doesn’t belong here”

  1. Lara Lohne December 16, 2012 at 08:08 #

    I’m not sure if it’s my browser and the script blocker I have running, but I am unable to follow the link you provided. Thought I should let you know, just in case it isn’t my computer.

  2. ebohlman December 16, 2012 at 09:06 #

    The link is bad: it goes back here with some extra parameters.

    • Sullivan (Matt Carey) December 16, 2012 at 13:49 #

      Thanks. I think it’s fixed now.

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