The Center for Autism responds to the tragedy and aftermath of Walter Wallace, Jr.’s death.
Posted on: Wednesday, 10.28.2020
Like so many across our City, the Center for Autism is outraged by the terrible fatal shooting of Walter Wallace, Jr. Mr. Wallace’s death at the hands of police and in front of his family and neighbors was a tragedy that should have been prevented. The anguish felt across our region in the aftermath of his death underscores that change and forward progress are so badly needed. This heartbreaking event also makes one thing clear: the need for additional mental health services especially in moments of crisis.
Action is needed. Our response is clear:
- We must and will continue our work in declaring and defining racism as a public health crisis with partners, funders and stakeholders.
- We must and will continue to call direct attention to the need for more mental and behavioral health services, demanding that gaps in these areas be filled.
- We must and will continue advocating for and demanding trauma-informed public health responses in our communities, mental health first aid training and access to comprehensive behavioral health services including more crisis response services.
We care deeply about the safety, security and physical and mental wellness of our employee and participant family. We see you, we acknowledge these many emotions and perspectives, and we are here to support you all in the days and weeks to come.
We are committed to listening, learning and discussing as we prioritize our diversity, equity and inclusion efforts, and ensure a safe and supportive space for everyone we touch with our work.