Persecution of people with autism
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Although contemporary recognition of autism as a neurological state has only emerged in the 20th century, it is probable that autistic people have been subjected to persecution prior to its recognition by psychology, but were labelled as being, for example, "witches" or lunatics.
It has been estimated that 63 percent of children in American schools who are bullied by other children, suffered from autistic spectrum disorders. Children with autism are far more likely to be targeted for physical and/or sexual abuse than other children.
This treatment continues into adulthood – one third of autistic people in the United Kingdom have reported being discriminated against in the workplace, and 81 percent said that they had either been bullied, experienced unfairness or a lack of support at work.
It's likely that many of the disabled children killed in Action T4 had autism. Though the Nazis did not specifically target children with a diagnosis of autism, they did kill many children with various developmental disabilities, which were poorly understood in the 1930s and 1940s.
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