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Disability Hate Crime A Teachable Moment

Like many on 1\5\2017 I was surprised and very bothered by what I saw on mainstream media outlets like CNN. A hate crime targeting a developmental disabled youth. As an autism self-advocate much of what I have learned about social advocacy was seeded in the influences of Martin Luther King Jr and more. This hate […]

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Boy with Autism Bullied but He is Blamed

Parents of kids who have bullied Levi Null say, “he brings it on himself,” even though the bullying has included punching, teasing and a video the kids made of Levi’s involuntary movements associated with his autism spectrum (ASD) diagnoses which they put online using school computers.  According to Levi’s mother, Dawn Simmons, this video evidence includes students hitting and […]

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Children Say Bus Driver Slapped Child with Autism

Tosha Owens, the mother of Christian, a child with autism, with support from special needs witnesses, claims that a bus driver mistreated her son by calling him profanities including the R-word and slapping her son’s hands. These allegations of assault eventually led to official charges against the bus driver, which were later said to dropped, despite the witnesses. Other […]

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Autism Hate Letter Makes the News

Mom with son with autism devastated by hate letter from a neighbor. The letter targeting a 13-year old boy with autism suggests he and his family move or that he be authanized. Thus far police say it’s not a hate crime but a potential criminal matter. Police are treating this matter as a criminal investigation. […]

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Hidden Camera Captures Abuse of Adult with Severe Autism

This video is graphic and the issue is sensitive. Yet issues like this, where private sector social service agencies behave in these ways is important to know about. Accountability with the public by means of awareness is important to improving quality in service delivery.

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Teacher Bullies Child with Autism

Father advocates for son who was bullied by a teacher which was caught on tape as heard in this video. School went as far as hiring a behaviorist to understanding why the child (his son) was acting out in the class. Teacher is recorded insulting the young boy with autism and with many other inappropriate […]

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Boy with Autism Punched by Bullies

This is an emotional video featuring video evidence of an attack by bullies and statements by the individual with autism who was attacked. Should police do more, such as file assault charges in cases like this? Although people with autism are protected by the Americans with Disabilities Act, they won’t file such charges thus far because there was ‘no visible […]

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Free Falling to End Autism Bullying

This video is part of the Autism Anti-bullying campaign by Jesse A. Saperstein and the Anderson Center for Autism. Jesse has Asperger syndrome (a form of autism) and is a best-selling author and motivational speaker.

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