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Read Anne's commentary and view the links after the jump.   The Dachel Media Update is sponsored by Lee Silsby Compounding Pharmacy and OurKidsASD, an online supplement retailer for patients with special needs.

San Antonio TX, KEYE TV: Autistic Man Killed After Entering South Austin Home Identified

The autistic man killed Monday morning by a South Austin homeowner after forcing his way into the residence has been identified as Jared James, 24.

James had run away from the nearby group home where he lived.

Nel Taylor, a spokesperson for ResCare, which provides services at an area group home, said James had become agitated and ran away. A staff member tried to follow him, but couldn't convince him to return.

Austin police say they are not pursuing charges at this time. The Travis County District Attorney's Office is reviewing the case, which is standard procedure.

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Anne Dachel Book CoverAnne Dachel is Media Editor for Age of Autism and author of  The Big Autism Cover-Up: How and Why the Media Is Lying to the American Public, which is on sale this Fall from Skyhorse Publishing.

This is too sad for words.  As more and more of our children age into adulthood, I fear this scenario will become common.


Denise Anderstrom Douglass

I clicked "like" but I do not like this at all. Hate it. This is going to get bad I fear, in not that many more years.


If you look a little closer at this killer's jobs and hobbies you will see his affection for guns and violence. He is a white guy with guns. The victim is a black guy who is completely defenseless. Wow that sounds familiar.

Amy Connor

I posted about this on Facebook and was truly revolted at some of the responses (most were quite positive). One that really shocked me was a man who has a physical disability and is well known in the disability community. He completely identified with the homeowner wanting to "keep things safe". There were three women who were in favor of guns and couldn't wrap their heads around the James' vulnerability. I ended up posting in my neighborhood and referring to the murder of James as my reason for telling them about my daughter's disability....I let the neighborhood know that a yell could be a headache and that we don't always get a smile as a greeting even when we are happy to see people. From my neighbors there were positive responses.

cia parker

I think this was a tragedy, but you have to think about what the homeowner was to think of someone breaking into his home. There was no time to think about whether or not he might be disabled, and whether the disabled adult man might hurt his three children. The escaped autistic man was running up and down the street banging on doors. I don't think anyone can be blamed except maybe the home which wasn't able to prevent his escaping or run after him once he had.


Millions spent on "autism awareness" but we still find autistic people misunderstood by the vast majority. What does this say? It screams, "Look public, you don't get it. You don't understand severe autism". When will these organizations that get billions every year to help autistic people ever get it? They don't get it. And they never will so long as they sit behind their desk and pretend they know something about autism. A total scam.

bob loblaw

1 down, 1 in 50 to go...

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