On Monday, Aug. 9th, staff members arrived to discover graffiti depicting racial slurs and swastikas and damage to physical property. The EAC is working closely with the Emory University Police Department to investigate this incident.
An Emory police report mentions burglary, a vandalized building, swastikas and racial slurs written in the hallways and office space, vandalized vending machines, a shattered glass door, and a large rock several feet away.
Emory Autism Center(EAC) is part of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Emory University School of Medicine and the Emory Brain Health Center. The program opened in 1991 and aimed to focus on producing and using knowledge, strategies, and tools to improve the quality of life for each person served, while increasing the capacity for support within local communities across Georgia. EAC has always been a place that does good work, helps, and supports the autism community.
The acts of racism and antisemitism are truly heartbreaking for all of us. As Emory Autism Awareness Organization, there are more responsibilities for us to educate the Emory community about Autism now. Throughout the 2021-2022 School year, AAO has planned multiple events for the Emory community to participate in, including the Autism Awareness Month and dodge ball fundraising tournament. Students can participate in those events to learn more about autism and help to build our community a better and safer place.
Besides participating in AAO events, there are also many other ways to help the Emory Autism Center recover from this tragedy:
If you or anyone you know has information related to this crime, please contact EUPD directly at 404-727-6115.
Donate to Emory Autism Center at http://psychiatry.emory.edu/programs/autism/make.a.gift.html