Sandy Hook Commission Tackles Autism Issues

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ The state commission looking into issues surrounding the Sandy Hook School massacre in Newtown plans to hear from experts in autism spectrum disorders.

Recently released documents show that gunman Adam Lanza had been diagnosed in 2006 with a profound autism disorder that included a “lack of comprehension of ordinary social interaction and communications.”

His father, Peter, told police that his son had Asperger’s syndrome, a type of autism that is not associated with violence.

Lanza killed 20 students and six educators at the school in December, 2012 after shooting his mother to death inside their home.

The 16-member commission is holding its 17th meeting Friday. It is charged with reviewing current state public safety policies and making recommendations about school safety, mental health, and gun violence prevention.

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