A Mom Responds Thoughtfully to Hateful Letter about Her Autistic Son

by Colette Moran

I had hoped it was a hoax. Could someone really write such an uncharitable, downright hateful letter to a mom who clearly had a lot on her plate already? Here is just a taste from the anonymous coward who placed a letter under the door of a mom with an autistic son:

He is a hindrance to everyone and will always be that way!!!!! . . .  I HATE people like you who believe, just because you have a special needs kid, you are entitled to special treatment!!! . . . Do the right thing and move or euthanize him!!!

Pretty hard to turn the other cheek on that one. But the mom graciously responded through a blog for parents with special-needs children:

I will not stoop to an insulting level. What I have to say is about tolerance, acceptance and respect for kids with special needs. . . .

People with special needs are people first. They have every right others do. Instead of glares, I wish people would give smiles. Instead of anger toward parents, I wish people would be more understanding. Trust me, if there’s behavior ruining someone else’s day, it’s ruining mine and I want to deal with it! . . .

Of course, we wonder about Max’s future, whether he will ever live alone or get married. What will be will be. Everyone has a place in the world. Some people are meant to hold big jobs. Some people make you happy and smile. Max brings pure joy and love. He has taught me to slow down and appreciate life, as seen through his eyes. He’s taught us what’s important. . . .

Read the entire response here.

Karla Begley and her 13-year-old son, Max