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On ADA Anniversary, 19 People with Disabilities Slaughtered by Murderer Who Wanted to Eliminate All People with Disabilities

Rockville, July 26 – In what is being billed as Japan’s worst mass murder since World War II, at least 19 were killed and another 26 seriously injured.

The attack occurred at Tsukui Yamayuri En centre, a care center for people with disabilities.

Satoshi Uematsu, a former employee at the center, is the prime suspect after surrendering and saying “I did it.”

Japanese newspaper Asahi Shimbun reported that the suspect told police: “I want to get rid of the disabled from this world.”

“This is a horrific attack on innocent human beings,” President Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi said. “People with disabilities around the world face significant prejudices, low expectations and outrages. But the intentional homicidal attack which slaughtered innocent people is an outrage and a tragedy. Our hearts go out to the victims and to all who loved them. We hope for a full and fast recovery for all who were also injured. The fact is, however, that all over the world people with disabilities are disproportionally victims of crime. This must stop.”

According to NTV, Uematsu is calling for euthanasia of people with disabilities.

‘My goal is a world in which, in cases where it is difficult for the severely disabled to live at home and be socially active, they can be euthanized with the consent of their guardians,’ it quoted a submitted letter.

This was one of Hitler’s goals in the Holocaust.

As the nation celebrates the 26th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Americans are able to physical get to the places they need to be. RespectAbility’s board members Tony Coelho and Steve Bartlett are two of the authors of the ADA.

Yet more needs to be done. Culture involving death of people with disabilities including the film Me Before You, add to the stigma believing these acts are good and ought to be lauded.

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Lauren Appelbaum
Lauren Appelbaum

Lauren Appelbaum is the Vice President, Communications, of RespectAbility, a nonprofit organization fighting stigmas and advancing opportunities for and with people with disabilities, and managing editor of The RespectAbility Report, a publication at the intersection of disability and politics. Previously she was a digital researcher with the NBC News political unit. As an individual with an acquired invisible disability - Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy - she writes about the intersection of disability, employment, Hollywood and politics. From entertainment professionals to presidential campaigns, journalists to philanthropists, she conducts trainings on the why and how to be more inclusive and accessible. Behind the scenes in the entertainment industry, Appelbaum engages decision makers and creatives to improve the quality and number of authentic, diverse and inclusive presentations of people with disabilities on TV and film so audiences can see people with disabilities as vital contributors in America and around the world. She and her team have consulted on projects with Amazon, Disney/ABC Television, NBCUniversal, Netflix, and The Walt Disney Studios, among others. Appelbaum also enriches the pool of disabled talent in Hollywood by nurturing and connecting them to those who can assist with their careers, both on the creative and business sides of the industry. She is the author of The Hollywood Disability Inclusion Toolkit, which was created to help entertainment professionals to be as inclusive of people with disabilities as possible, and the creator of an innovative Lab Program for entertainment professionals with disabilities working behind the camera. To reach her, email LaurenA@RespectAbility.org.

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