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John Robison on Court TV

Autism Speaks Science Board member, John Elder Robison appeared live on TRU TV’s IN SESSION, coverage of the Odgren murder trial yesterday, December 9. John apoke about autism and its role in random violence.  Watch this video to find out what really happened at Lincoln Sudbury High School; how Asperger’s may influenced the killer, and why.

  1. December 10, 2010 at 10:33 am

    This case was very troubling and we as a community really need to look at diagnosis and an individual’s mental health history before attributing behavior of any type to violence acts based on disability.

    This student had a troubled history, may not have received the supports he needed, and this incident should be addressed for what it is. When we make blanket statements about what may have developed an individuals frame of mind for intent or why such incidents may occur, we are not really doing that individual justice, nor others living with that disability.

    Please also join this FB page to obtain resources and discuss such cases.

    http://www.facebook.com/pages/LEAN-On-Us/314400839740

    Respectfully,

    Carolyn Gammicchia

    Parent of a child with autism
    Disability Advocate

  2. Skillful Squad Seraphs
    December 11, 2010 at 9:30 am

    Unfortunately, it is not uncommon that we hear about behaviors that may escalade to serious injury to the individual, those around them, or even their family members, but now to hear about murder. The bottom line is, individuals with disabilities that exhibit behaviors need to be provided with a support system. They need to be trained on how to act appropriately, how to socialize, and they need to learn coping skills. Not only does the individual with a disability need to be taught socially acceptable behaviors, but their educators need to be properly trained, their families need to be properly trained, and their typically developing peers need to learn about acceptance. These concerns are not going to magically disappear, it is going to take time, knowledge, special training and it needs to start now.
    http://www.skillfulsquad.net
    http://www.skillfulsquad.blogspot.com

  3. chris
    December 12, 2010 at 12:02 pm

    I have never really thought about how children with Autism would feel growing up, but this has video has taught me that people can be bullied to the point where they feel lonely and ostracized. Also it has come to my attention that maybe people just need to be more sensitive and have more patience.

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