Every year on March 1, our community comes together to remember people with disabilities who were killed by their parents or family members. According to the Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN), in the past five years alone, 700 disabled people were killed by their parents, relatives or caregivers. It is horrifying and heartbreaking to know that those who are entrusted to care for their family members with disabilities are committing these inhumane acts of violence.
It is incumbent upon our community to come together to eradicate the systems of ableism that allow these murders to occur and seek justice for those who are killed by their parents, relatives and caregivers.
ASAN’s Anti-Filicide Toolkit is a comprehensive resource to begin this crucial task. As we come together today to mourn those we have lost to filicide, we must remember to continue to fight for the lives of people with disabilities all year round.