Autism Speaks Statement Regarding the Virginia Tech Tragedy

Our hearts go out to the families and loved ones of the victims of the Virginia Tech tragedy, and we hold them in our thoughts and prayers. Autism is a serious developmental, neurobiological disorder that impairs a person's ability to communicate and interact socially. To imply that people with autism are violent and that Cho Seung-Hui's rampage occurred because he may have suffered from autism is irresponsible and incites prejudice. This is not what the Virginia Tech community, families living with autism or the country needs at this time.