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March 10, 2014

(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 New Yorker writer Andrew Solomon in a series of inteviews for an article published today. In the story, Lanza discusses Adam's diagnosis with Asperger Syndrome, telling Solomon, "Asperger’s makes people unusual, but it doesn’t make people like this."

December 21, 2012


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 tragedy that took place in Newtown, Connecticut.

To read the statement please visit the IACC website at here.

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 (SHES), children all over the country are asking questions.

December 19, 2012

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 struggle to understand and deal with this horrible tragedy. We have put together resources to help members of the autism community - families, children, siblings, friends and schools – to better comprehend and cope with these widespread feelings of grief and loss. 

December 17, 2012

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 people with autism.

December 17, 2012

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 links to news stories.

On December 19, Autism Speaks Co-founder Bob Wright appeared on CNN's "Erin Burnett OutFront" with Erin Burnett to discuss the aftermath of the tragedy in Newtown, including the need to re-examine mental health care in America.

December 15, 2012

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 there is a linkage between autism and planned violence. We ask that blame not be placed on people with disabilities or disorders in the midst of these types of tragedies and that everyone keep the families of Newtown in their prayers.

Elizabeth Feld
President, Autism Speaks

December 15, 2012

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 support their children during this tragic time.

American Psychiatric Association recommendations include: