Inclusion International’s Statement on the Tragic Killing of an Autistic Man

Inclusion International joins with AKIM Israel to express our sympathies and condolences to the family and friends of Iyad al-Halak, a young man with autism, was shot and killed by a police officer on his way to the Day Care Center in the Old City in East Jerusalem.

We share AKIM’s commitment to support the inclusion of people with intellectual disabilities in all aspects of their communities and their call for police training for awareness and sensitivity. AKIM’s leadership will meet with police officials to raise these concerns.

“AKIM Israel firmly believes that every person with intellectual disabilities has a basic right to live within the community. As people with intellectual disabilities are increasingly involved in the life of their community, everyone must know them. We, at AKIM, are working very hard to change attitudes in public as well as governmental and communal authorities towards people with intellectual disabilities.”

On behalf of families and self-advocates across our global network Sue Swenson, President of Inclusion International, expresses our solidarity with Iyad Al-Halak’s family and our member AKIM:

 “In these uncertain and difficult times, this tragedy brings the fears and concerns of families in our movement into focus and reminds us of the urgency of our work to build real inclusion in all of our communities.”