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Support for Families in the Wake of the Newtown Tragedy

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. 

For Children with Autism

For Friends and Siblings

For Schools

Autism Speaks Media Efforts

Statement from Autism Speaks Co-founders 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 people with autism.

Our condolences, prayers and heartfelt thoughts continue to go out to the families who have lost loved ones, the children and administration of Sandy Hook Elementary School, the first responders at the school and the Sandy Hook Main Station firehouse, the town of Newtown, CT and all who have suffered incomprehensible losses. 

We would love to hear from you to find out what has been helpful for you and your family during this difficult time. Please email us at