Rockville, MD, June 1, 2020 – The Autism Society of America stands in solidarity with peaceful protestors across the country demanding civil and human rights, following the tragic death of George Floyd. Floyd’s death follows a string of injustices upon the Black community due to police brutality and systemic racism. The Autism Society of America exists to serve all individuals and families affected by autism, including people of color and other marginalized communities.
There are significant disparities in education, support, and services for individuals with autism based on socio-economic factors as well as race and ethnicity; these individuals are disproportionately affected by restraints and seclusion in school settings and are more likely to enter the criminal justice system. Justice and equal opportunity are values we advocate for every day.
The protests currently happening across America represent frustration from a long history of social and structural injustices that must be addressed. As the oldest and largest autism advocacy organization, we know that grassroots advocacy works best with allies. We must stand together against all forms of injustices to demand reforms. The Autism Society calls on our federal, state, and local leaders to listen to the voices of those who are suffering and to take action to make necessary reforms. We also call upon you, our community, to continue to advocate for basic civil rights for all marginalized communities, by contacting your local legislators and voting at local, state, and federal elections.
Learn more about the Autism Society’s guiding principles regarding Human Rights here. If you or a loved one needs support during this distressing time, please contact the Autism Society’s National Helpline for information, referrals, and resources at 1-800-3-AUTISM, or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Racism and Protesting Resources
- Racism & BLM Protest Resources
- Race and Autism Resources