How about we honor two wonderful, autistic children who died by NOT speculating that Adam Lanza had autism (which has never been confirmed, so maybe we should wait and see whether it is actually true or not) and NOT assuming that people with autism are dangerous? The only people with KNOWN autism in that school were the victims.
Joey was autistic and severely apraxic. She could not speak, yet she touched the lives of so many around her: teachers, therapists, friends, neighbors, all loved and cherished her. Joey was social and affectionate; she smiled, she loved hugs, and she even had a wonderful sense of humor. Her spirit was indomitable. She participated in rigorous therapy and treatment on a daily basis without complaint. She loved to play with her Barbie dolls, iPad, and computer, swim, swing, and be anywhere her sisters were.
She was seven years old. Dylan Hockley, also autistic, was six. If you are one of the people throwing around the idea that autism makes you dangerous, remember, some of us have autistic kids. Eli wouldn’t hurt a fly, but boy, could he be hurt by this attitude.