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Disability Advocates respond to Sandy Hook Massacre
Video title, link and release date;
Disability Advocates respond to Sandy Hook Massacre, January 5, 2013
Two minutes and fifty-three seconds
- Disability advocates are concerned about the prolific misconception that disability and violent aggression are correlated.
- Americans with Autism and other disabilities are no more likely to commit violent crimes as those without disabilities.
- Advocates are worried that the incident could lead to more involuntary commitment of those with disabilities to institutions; instead, they recommend improving social services, mobile crisis teams and mental health courts.
- There is some question over whether Lanza, the shooter, was actually affected by Asperger’s or any disability at all.
Are Americans with disabilities more likely to commit violent crimes than those without disabilities?
Has Lanza’s case of Asperger’s been confirmed by medical reports?
Free Writing Journal Prompt(s)
What about this report do you have questions about?
What measures do you think should be taken to curb violent crime in America? Has this report changed your outlook on any correlation between disability and violence?
What do you want to know more about?