Disability Day of Mourning
Every year on March 1st, the disability community gathers across the nation to remember disabled victims of filicide–disabled people murdered by their family members or caregivers.
As our friends at The Autistic Self Advocacy Network remind us, “We see the same pattern repeating over and over again. A parent kills their disabled child. The media portrays these murders as justifiable and inevitable due to the “burden” of having a disabled person in the family. If the parent stands trial, they are given sympathy and comparatively lighter sentences, if they are sentenced at all. The victims are disregarded, blamed for their own murder at the hands of the person they should have been able to trust the most, and ultimately forgotten. And then the cycle repeats.”
On this day let u s honor the memory of those that have been lost and renew our pledge that the lives of individuals with disabilities will be heled with the same reverence, care, and value that we ascribe to all life – no matter what.
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A forthcoming documentary co-produced by Next Avenue blends traditional documentary filmmaking with reality TV–style experiences to help young adults and their parents prepare for the physical and cognitive impacts of aging.
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