When I heard news of the murders in Newtown Connecticut I, like everyone, was shocked and saddened. Those are very weak words for the emotions I felt. I can offer sympathy, condolences and some understanding of what the good people of Newtown feel, but I can only imagine their grief at this time.
The autism communities rarely speak with one voice but this time there has been a unity of support and sympathy from all corners.
There has been a second message as well. Not for the people of Newtown, but for the press reporting on this story. A message to treat autistics with fairness and accuracy. That whether the shooter was autistic or not, to keep in mind that autism is not the same as violent. That this young man in no way represents autism any more than he represents your community.
For intruding on your grief to interject that message, I apologize. I believe the individuals and groups who have stepped forward with these messages have done so with respect and only done so this early because of the need to head off a damaging theme we have seen emerge in the past from other shootings.
I have tried to highlight those messages here on this site. I have strived to do so with as much respect as I possible.
I wish you well in the time ahead and hope our support outweighs our intrusion.
By Matt Carey