I think that today, 8/20/2013, will forever be marked as a of sadness for parents of autistic children around the world, all because of single “mother” who chose to write a letter to the family of a boy with autism.
Unfortunately, I have heard about the letter through too many reliable news sources since early this morning for me to doubt it’s authenticity. Based on what I had heard so far, I deliberately did not look for it myself simply because of the pain and stress that I knew it would cause.
It was only a matter of time though… before a friend on facebook would post a link with a copy of the letter for me to see at which point I’d have to deal with it. As predicted, one of my friends did post a link to a local news outlet that actually posted a picture of the letter, and me being who I am… I couldn’t help but read it… No hard feelings CG 🙂
One of the biggest fears that parents of autism have is what will happen to our children we were are not around. We live in a state of concern regarding the future of our children who cannot protect themselves from their environment, frequently can’t care for their own personal needs, and are easy prey for bullies and anyone who decides to hurt them or take advantage of them. This is compounded by the fact that children who non-verbal or minimally verbal, can’t tell us what happened to them much less who actually did it.
My heart goes out to the family who received a letter filled with vile derision that went so far as to suggest euthanizing their autistic son. I can’t imagine the stress that they will live with everyday not just worrying about the “normal” things parents of autistic kids live with, but about the very real fears of living in the same neighborhood as some anonymous person who actually suggested that they should kill their son simply to keep him from playing outside.
And rap artists wonder why we get up in arms when they make derisive remarks about how “you n—-s is autistic, retarded”…
Today is a sad, sad day for civilized society.
Update — 2015/01/30 — The letter that was the subject of this post was brought to my attention again today. This time I have a link to a CNN story with excerpts from the letter