March 1’st is Disability Day of Mourning, in which we remember the many people with disabilities who have been killed by their parents, caregivers, and others who were supposed to be their number one allies. This harsh reality is something that motivates me to fiercely advocate for others with disabilities and their families. When people feel alone and desperate, they are capable of horrific things that would otherwise be considered ‘out of character.’ This is one of the many reasons we need to make sure that people with disabilities and their families have all the support services they need to thrive in the least restrictive environments of their choice. We are all accountable, not just the government.
A website/memorial is dedicated to the people with disabilities who were victims of such cases. Active cataloging of cases started in mid-2014; the site contains cases from 1980 to the present.