September 25-26, 2015
Day of Mourning: March 1, 2015
In the past five years, over seventy people with disabilities have been murdered by their parents.
We see the same pattern repeating over and over again. A parent kills their disabled child. The media portrays these murders as justifiable and inevitable due to the “burden” of having a disabled person in the family. If the parent stands trial, they are given sympathy and comparatively lighter sentences, if they are sentenced at all. The victims are disregarded, blamed for their own murder at the hands of the person they should have been able to trust the most, and ultimately forgotten. And then the cycle repeats.
For the last four years, ASAN, ADAPT, Not Dead Yet, the National Council on Independent Living, the Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund, and other disability rights organizations have come together at local vigils across the country to mourn those losses, bring awareness to these tragedies, and demand justice and equal protection under the law for all people with disabilities.
On March 1st, we will come together again,
and we ask you to join us.
Newsletter - Winter 2015
The Winter 2015 issue of our newsletter is now online.
ABLE Act becomes Law!
At the very end of the Congressional Session, the Achieving a Better Life Experience Act (ABLE) was passed and signed into law. This long overdue piece of legislation is good news for people with disabilities and their families.
We have lost four of our dear friends in 2014.
We remember you . . .
Mayer Shevin 1950-2014
Steven J. Taylor 1949-2014
Robert “Bob” Lehr 1942-2014
Sari Knopp Biklen 1946-2014
Welcome to the web page of Autism National Committee
(AUTCOM)! This is the only autism advocacy organization
dedicated to "Social Justice for All Citizens with Autism"
through a shared vision and a commitment to positive
approaches. Our organization was founded in 1990 to
protect and advance the human rights and civil rights of all
persons with autism and related differences of
communication and behavior.
Position papers and articles about autism - sensory processing, movement, relationships, IQ, early intervention, inclusive education and much more...
In May 2012 the International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication announced the formation of a committee to advise their Board on the formulation of a FC Position Statement. The committee members were not revealed and the very strict requirements given for studies or other information which the committee will accept give the AutCom Board great concern. Follow these links to read more: