Australian disability activist Carly Findlay wrote, “There was no hashtag. Not even prayers.” Disability rights journalist David Perry pointed out the irony that the attack came just one day before the anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

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On the other, disabled people continue to face prejudice, social isolation, and violence.

I have spent over 20 years researching and writing about the history and culture of people with disabilities.

My research helps me to see continuities between the tragedy in Japan and the practice of institutionalization which started in the US and Europe, and remained the primary way for managing people with disabilities for over a century.

It appears that the motive of the killed was hatred of disabled people.

The attacker is reported to have told police that ‘he wanted disabled people to disappear’.

Stephen Brookes MBE, co-ordinator of the Disability Hate Crime Network says: “Hate Crime is an abhorrence Disability Rights UK and the Disability Hate Crime Network are continually fighting, and the terrible acts of murder and serious injury committed last night in Japan against disabled people by someone who saw us as valueless is yet another proof we are living in a seriously disengaged world.Targeted inhumanity and mass death is almost an expected news item every morning.Politicians and prospective leaders have weak, and in too many cases almost complicit attitudes to directed abuse insult and hate performed in their name or policies, particularly in unregulated social media posts; to be courteous and considerate to others is almost becoming a questionable action.There is the reality of an increased level of violence becoming a media driven norm, where devaluation of life is 'aided' by PC games based on points and rewards for mass killing.On July 26, 2016 a man wielding a knife broke into Tsukui Yamayuriena, a home for the disabled outside of Tokyo and brutally murdered 19 people as they slept, while injuring another 26.Afterwards, he turned himself in to a local police station, with the explanation: “It is better that the disabled disappear.” Disability advocates have expressed dismay that the massacre – Japan’s deadliest mass killing since World War II – has received so little attention relative to mass killings in Paris, Nice, Orlando, Kabul and Baghdad.