Mom Offers Moving Response to Hate Letter About Son With Autism

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Karla Begley, the Canadian mother of Max, a teenager with autism, was the subject of a shocking hate letter earlier this month. Now she's taking a stand.

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    Unless we are not hearing the whole story (a minority of autistic kids can get violent, a few have actually killed people) I think I'd probably be more tolerant of this particular kid than the letter writer, and I wouldn't want to torment a parent who is already putting up with a tough situation. But there are plenty of hypocrites who would claim to value such a child, then express hostility and hatred to the child and parents for behavior that may be impossible to control. At least the letter writer was willing to say what she (?) really believed, rather than just complaining. If I had the choice of having symptoms resembling severe autism or being euthanized, I'd definitely chose the latter. If genetic tests could proved that a child in the womb was likely to have severe autism or retardation, I'd favor aborting it. I hope that if I ever develop Alzheimer's or some other form of dementia, euthanasia will be more available and accepted by that time. A half a life is sometimes worse than none at all.


    that indivual is sick and should be in jail for wanting o hurt a child with those words of such hatred. Maybe a day with Charlie will turn her around.
    May G-d bless Max and his family


    We r all gods children.For someone to have that kind of hate within them i feel sorry for them .to maxs mother dont even give them another thought.god bless u.


    I totally understand how you feel, living in Houston, my son is constantly looked at when we shop at stores because he has trouble with textures and eats purees and also says very little words and wears pull ups. He will turn 3 in Sept and is Autistic and moderate on the spectrum. I wished people would want to learn more about it and that these are simply loving people that have something special about them. We are all human and I would be just as upset if I'd gotten a hate letter about my child who is innocent and simply themselves of how God made them. I give us mothers a lot of praise when having a special child because of what we have to go through but things will hopefully get better. I would rather answer peoples questions than be involved in stares and insults so they may understand we are equal.
    Best of luck to us all !!!! :)


    Isn't it ironic that the true pupose of the letter writer,( getting the kid out of the neighborhood), appears to have been successful?

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