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Find your local Day of Mourning vigil site

In the past five years, over 600 people with disabilities have been murdered by their parents, relatives or caregivers.

On Sunday March 1st, the disability community will gather across the nation to remember these disabled victims of filicide – disabled people murdered by their family members or caregivers.

In the year since our last vigil, our community has lost over 70 more people to filicide. These are just the cases that we are aware of – since we began monitoring this issue, we learn about more murders every week. We read the victims’ names, see their photographs, and gather what information we can about their lives. The criminal justice system has continued to give lighter sentences to parents and caregivers who murder disabled children. And we have seen the news media continue to portray these murders in a sympathetic light. We hold the Day of Mourning vigils to draw attention to these injustices, to commemorate the lives of victims, and demand justice and equal protection under the law for all people with disabilities.

Since 2012, ASAN and other disability rights organizations have come together to send a clear message that disability is not a justification for violence. We’ll be at our local vigils on Sunday, March 1st – and we hope to see you there.

Some vigils will be on a weekday so please check before you attend.

If you cannot attend a vigil in-person, please consider taking part in our Virtual Vigil.

If you would like to hold a vigil and are not already listed, please sign up here.

2020 Vigil Sites


Tucson, AZ
Tom Racey,

Sacramento, CA
California Autistic Self Advocates,

Claremont, CA
Donnie Denome,

Atlanta, GA
Autistic Self-Advocacy Atlanta,

Chicago, IL
Institute on Disability and Human Development,,
Held Monday, March 2nd

Bloomington, IN
Neurodiversity Coalition at IU,

Muncie, IN
Hoosier Alliance for Neurodiversity,

Amherst, MA
Alliance Against Ableism,

Edison, NJ
Alliance Center for Independence,
Held Friday, February 28th

Ewing, NJ
Elizabeth Miner,

Rochester, NY
Not Dead Yet,

Boone, NC
Autistic Students & Allies of the high country,

Kent, OH
Autism Connections Kent,

Collegeville, PA
Jennifer Stevenson,

Pittsburgh, PA
Pittsburgh Center for Autistic Advocacy,

Johnson City, TN
Courtney Johnson,
Held Monday, March 2nd

Salt Lake City, UT
Neurodiverse UT,

Blacksburg, VA
Disability Alliance and Caucus at Virginia Tech

Williamsburg, VA
William & Mary Neurodiversity Student Group,

Olympia, WA
Unbound Books Autism Acceptance Library, Ed Wiley Autism Acceptance Library, NCW Lend,

Tri-Cities, WA
Carly Coburn,

Autistic Self Advocacy Network,

Milwaukee, WI
Autism Society of Southeastern Wisconsin,

Halifax, NS
Autistics United Nova Scotia,

Winnipeg, MB
Autistics United Manitoba,

Guelph, ON
Kinnery Chaparrel,

Toronto, ON
Autistics for Autistics,

Burnaby, BC
Autistics United Vancouver,

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