By Jane Salmon
The person who allegedly killed Euridyce Dixon has been said to be struggling with autism.
This is not an excuse for anything he may have done. What has happened is inexcusable.
Not only has a fine woman of wit and conscience had her life taken … Not only has someone innocent died in terror … Not only are all women more afraid, triggered or re-triggered … Not only are rights to freedom of movement and to work curtailed … The potential of this autistic person has also been wasted.
The alleged aggressor/murderer was a person who had not (by virtue of his age) had sufficient access to consistent, well-funded, early intervention autism therapy and timely social and professional support.
No doubt he met some fabulous educators along the way: but perhaps not early enough or often enough.
Therapy under NDIS for high functioning autism is expensive. It is also critical for human safety. Such funding is currently under threat.
It is not cheaper to house autistic people for life in gaol than to supply appropriate therapy in a timely way.
Murder is a pretty poor outcome for any “social story”.
Do not let this happen again. Do not cut the NDIS for any person with any category of autism until it has been proven that the client is able to function and work and socialise safely within society.