I wish this family - the one with the autistic child - lived in my community. Thanks to a lot of community education and awareness, the folks around us have learned that every child is valuable regardless of ability. We host an animal facilitated therapy program on our small farm. The program serves at risk youth and youth with disabilities of all type. When the program began over twenty years ago, there was some community resistance. Today, we have enormous community support. We have many kids placing along the autism spectrum. Our Many of our neighbors support the program in different ways, from volunteering with the kids to helping babysitting or driving these kids to and from their appointments. I despise people like the writer of this letter! At the same time, anger doesn’t help. Many years ago, one of our immediate neighbors complained to the local police about one of the kids who used to make very loud odd noises. She also wrote us a nasty letter (although not as nasty as this one). We invited her to an event where she met both the kids and their parents. Over time, the neighbor learned and today is one of our best fundraisers. Of course, not all ignorance can be so easily addressed. The person who wrote this hate filled letter may be beyond help.