I am posting this because I am an autistic creative and part of the autistic community. My heart has broken over the deaths of many who have been murdered this year — Renisha McBride, Rizana Nafeek, and Adrian Broadway, and suicides of young people like William Benjamin Wood (a gay man who killed himself partially due to bullying at his church). Tomorrow, I turn my attention to those like Alex Spourdalakis who were murdered by their caregivers.
On March 1, a worldwide day of mourning will be held for people with disabilities murdered by caregivers. There will be both public vigils (in various cities) and an online vigil beginning at 3:00 PM EST.
Please consider attending tomorrow’s vigils, online or in person. Let’s not forget Alex Spourdalakis, Vincent Phan, Tamiyah Audain, Matthew Hafer…and that is a short list of this year’s causalities alone.
Life is sacred, and the loss of these people’s lives needs to be remembered. Let them not go, unforgotten, into that good night.
For the online vigil: https://sites.google.com/site/pwddayofmourning2014/
For a list of public vigils: http://autisticadvocacy.org/2014/02/day-of-mourning-2014-2/