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With Great Sorrow

On Dec. 19, 2013 the ceiling of the Apollo Theatre in London partially collapsed dropping debris on theater-goers attending a performance of “The Curious Incident of The Dog in The Night-Time.” London Police say more than 80 people were injured and at least seven were seriously injured.

This post is from Michael Rosen, Executive Vice President of Strategic Communications at Autism Speaks.

Over the years I have read more books than I can possibly count as I tried every day to understand my son Nicky’s autism. One such book—“The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time” –really moved me in an unforgettable way. So last night when I saw that more than 80 theater goers were wounded when the ceiling collapsed during the London production of the play, I was filled with great sadness.  I know my family, all of our families in our community could have been in that audience.  The book and play shed light on topics we all desperately want to understand- and those at the theater- whether personally affected by autism or not-  were having an enjoyable night out, as they  reached for a greater understanding.  My heart goes out to all of those affected by the tragedy at the Apollo Theatre in London on Thursday night.


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