Created in 2012 in response to the death of George Hodgins, an autistic man, the Disability Day of Mourning candlelight vigil is held each year worldwide on March 1 to commemorate the lives of people with disabilities who have been murdered by their families and caregivers. Within the past five years alone, over 600 people with disabilities have died in this way. The Autistic Self Advocacy Network tracks these cases of filicide and provides a list of names. Each year, the names and ages of the dead are read out loud.
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