Newtown

Adam Lanza's Father Breaks His Silence

(March 10, 2014) Peter Lanza, the father of Adam Lanza, who killed 20 young children and six adults in Newtown, Conn. at Sandy Hook Elementary school, has broken his silence for the first time. 

Peter Lanza spoke with ... More...

Statement of the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC) Related to the Sandy Hook Tragedy

 

In a statement released to the public on Friday, December 21, 2012, the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC) wishes to express their deepest sympathy and support for the families and community affected by the terrible tra... More...

Statement from President Liz Feld

Over the past six days, the autism community has joined the millions of people across the country and around the world who mourn the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy. Among those killed were two remarkable special education teac... More...

Support for Children with Autism

Helping a Child Living with Autism to Deal with the Newtown School Tragedy

By Dr. Peter Faustino and Dr. Andrew Livanis

In the wake of the tragic events that took place at Sandy Hook Elementary School (S... More...

Support for Families in the Wake of the Newtown Tragedy

The hearts and prayers of all of us at Autism Speaks continue to go out to the families and town of Newtown, Connecticut in the wake of the heartbreaking events of last Friday. The devastation has been felt by people all around the world as we str... More...

Statement from Bob and Suzanne Wright

People want immediate or simple answers when an unimaginable tragedy like this occurs. Autism did not cause this horror. The profound tragedy of these senseless murders will only be compounded if it results in unwarranted discrimination against pe... More...

Autism Speaks Responds to Claims in the Media Linking Autism Spectrum Disorders to Planned Violence

Autism Speaks senior executives have given interviews to the media to address misconceptions about a linkage between autism spectrum disorders and planned violence in the wake of the tragedy in Newtown, Conn.  Watch the clips below and find l... More...

Statement on Newtown, Connecticut

Our hearts go out to the families and town of Newtown, Connecticut in the wake of this heartbreaking event. Several media outlets are reporting that the shooter might have had an autism spectrum disorder. Some have also inaccurately reported that ... More...

Talking to Children about Disasters

Each family will find ways to talk with their children about disasters that will be meaningful to them.  Some will use pictures and other will use words.  We have put together a list of resources that families may find helpful as they su... More...

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