Attorney Richard P. Console Addresses Autism Stigma after Gun Violence

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Tragedy, public outrage, and wildly inaccurate rumors are a disastrous combination. In the wake of recent and deadly gun violence across the nation, public speculations that Autism Spectrum Disorders contributed to the horrific actions of these gunmen have only increased stigma against an often misunderstood population.

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As someone whose family has been personally touched by autism, it didn’t take long for me to realize the consequences of these claims.

Tragedy, public outrage, and wildly inaccurate rumors are a disastrous combination. In the wake of recent and deadly gun violence across the nation, public speculations that Autism Spectrum Disorders contributed to the horrific actions of these gunmen have only increased stigma against an often misunderstood population. When the nation is so full of grief and fury, hostility can quickly turn to violence. These unfounded accusations endanger every innocent child and adult living with the developmental disorders, and it’s time to put a stop to them.

Richard P. Console, managing partner of Console & Hollawell, articulates this danger in-depth in his article “Knowing Is Half the Battle: Stopping the Autism Stigma.” Console brings his unique legal knowledge and twenty years practicing personal injury law to the national argument. He makes the case that only spreading awareness will combat the looming threat of increased stigma, bullying, and danger to the autism community.

“As someone whose family has been personally touched by autism, it didn’t take long for me to realize the consequences of these claims,” Console said. “Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders are statistically less likely to commit crimes than those without autism, but when the general public hears and believes the media hype, they don’t know that our loved ones with the disorder are not a threat. That’s why now, more than ever, is the time to work to raise public awareness of what autism is and what it’s not.”

Families impacted by autism have a long way to go to make the world a better and more understanding place for their loved ones. Change starts with making the simple choice to share the truth.

http://www.consoleandhollawell.com/law-blog/knowing-is-half-the-battle-stopping-the-autism-stigma-after-sandy-hook

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