If true, you need to know this – Autism

I really need to help make this known. At some level, I hope this is a hoax or something like that but I do not want to risk it; people must know about this.

I am really crying as I type this, as I find this inconceivable. I am referring to a newspiece I saw at the Huffington Post titled: “Family Of Boy With Autism Receives Shockingly Offensive Letter”.

If true, this represents some of the worse things that humanity has to “offer”.

You can find it here.

Really? Are people like this in the world? Are things like this letter the way horrors like the Holocaust start?

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  1. I am so sorry. It is apparently quite true. Reported on CBC this evening. However the other neighbours are rallying and perhaps some good will come from it and maybe the perpetrator will wake up a bit.

  2. This is an open statement to the author of that letter:
    The statements that you have made are insensitive, hurtful and demonstrate a juvenile mentality. People with Autism, are still people. Though not always apparent they have feelings just like you.
    I understand your frustration with your neighbor’s behavior. Children with disabilities can be frustrating, and exhausting. I say this from experience; I am raising a son with autism. It is difficult but having him in my life has given me a greater sense of humanity that I otherwise would not have. You should open yourself up to acceptance of his diversity; clearly you could benefit from a greater sense of humanity yourself.
    Take a moment and try to understand the frustration that this boy experiences every day. Like any child, like your children, he has needs, but he does not have the ability to express them, at least not in a way that most people can understand. The voice inside his head is screaming for someone to help him, understand him, accept him; but when he tries to speak all he can produce is the “noise” that you complain about. He hears it too; it is not the sound he wants to make. If he had the ability to articulate his needs verbally, like your “normal” children he would.
    You are a coward. Everyone has the right to speak their minds. If you had taken ownership of your statements I would not hesitate to defend that right, but you have not. You have chosen to hide behind anonymity. If you lack shame for the hurtful things you have said you should at least be ashamed that you are not taking responsibility for them.
    I will not hide my identity; I take full responsibility for everything that I say. My name is Wade Huntley, I live in West Jordan Utah, I operate a website: http://www.avoiceformyson.com where my contact information can be found. You are welcome to contact me yourself. Be warned that I may post any communications that I receive from you and if you reveal your identity to me I will disclose it publicly.
    Finally, I am making an open offer of $100(USD) to anyone that can positively identify you as the author of this letter. It isn’t much but it is all that I can afford. Given the hurtful things that you have said I doubt it will require any reward for someone to reveal who you are. If I am able to confirm your identity I will post it publicly on my site and I will provide it to your local news stations.

    Wade Huntley
    Proud father of an autistic child

    1. Wow… Powerful letter. Moreover, you are a better person that I’ll ever be, because my first reaction to the letter cannot be stated in polite words. My wife gave me some perspective too (she is also waaaaaaay better than me). She thinks that the author of the letter has more mental problems than any person with autism will ever have… Thanks for your comment…

      1. wonderful letter… and your wife is right. The author of the original letter lacks empathy, which is a profound disability in itself, and one that has led to shocking atrocities over the centuries.

  3. For about four years, we lived one house away from a home used to care for five autistic adults in the community, and we would see the nursing staff every other day. We moved in not knowing this, but accepted their right to be there, just as we accepted the motorhead four doors down on the other side, with his engine blocks sitting in the yard and his loud cars. Yes, at times there were strange unusual sounds, but they came from both sides!!! Overall, our home was in a wonderfully quiet area (backed on to some forest) and we loved living there. Sometimes we’d see the nurses walking the residents to the park. They were always cheerful and polite, and loved to see us out walking our dog with the kids (we were training a guide dog at the time and so went out often).

    People fear what they don’t understand. Very sad to see such a mindless reaction.

  4. I, also, tend to agree. It is hard to say what the true psychological state of the woman really is–truly very sad . . . It seems hard to believe that a “mother” would act out in such a manner.

  5. It is true, unfortunately. We can only hope that this sick person gets what’s coming to them. They can’t stay anonymous forever, and with the fact that the story has now gone viral, I hope she’s looking over her shoulder with justified paranoia.

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