Costco Shooting is Worst Nightmare for Families of Developmentally Disabled Children

Costco Shooting is Worst Nightmare for Families of Developmentally Disabled Children

Costco Shooting is Worst Nightmare for Families of Developmentally Disabled Children 800 626 Dave Zambotti

June 25, 2019

The recent shooting at a local Costco underscores the need for greater understanding of developmental disabilities – like autism –  among law enforcement and society at large. While developmentally disabled people are no more likely to act aggressively than the general population, public meltdowns and socially inappropriate behavior does occur and should be recognized.

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