We received an email from Pat Robbins, Texas Area Director with Autism Speaks, and wanted to share it with you.
Dear friends,
Our condolences, prayers and heartfelt thoughts continue to go out to the families who have lost loved ones and the town of Newtown, CT, who have all suffered incomprehensible losses.
 
Autism did not cause this horror.  By definition, people with autism are not inclined to commit acts of planned violence like the massacre that occurred in Newtown. 
 
While we may never know the reasons why these horrific acts were committed, it is irresponsible and dangerous to rush to attach a label to a perpetrator of this or any other heinous crime; we risk stigmatizing and even endangering many innocent people.
 

Please share this, when appropriate, with those who have questions.  If you want more information about what autism is and is not, please go to www.AutismSpeaks.org.We also received another email from Jam Page addressing this same subject:

John Elder Robison, an author, expert advisor and individual with Asperger’s, shares his opinions of the recent event at Sandy Hook Elementary and the “reported” link with autism: http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/my-life-aspergers/201212/asperger-s-autism-and-mass-murder.We hope that you find this information helpful.