Lives lost to autism is a new website with what seems at first glance to have an excellent reason for existence – to record all the non-natural deaths of autistic people.
But the name ‘Lives lost to autism’, the strapline ‘For many, autism can be deadly.’ and most particularly the statement ‘This site tells the story of the precious lives cut short by autism.’ are very misleading. Blaming autism for murder is utterly misleading. Autism didn’t murder any of the children listed as murder victims – or the ones that haven’t been listed either.
The site seems to be set up and run by Ginger Taylor (left) who’s position on autism has grown more and more extreme over the years. It seems now she is happy to denigrate autism itself as a murderous entity.
Should there be a site where victims of murder AND natural deaths are remembered? Of course there should, its a great idea. But to politicise it so graphically and so ham-fistedly is wrong. Its a testament to the ideas of Ginger Taylor and not a lot more right now.