Monthly Archives: August 2013

Mother of autistic boy who received hate-filled letter from angry neighbor telling her to 'euthanize' her son issues touching response

‘I wish people would be more understanding

Eloquent answer; Karla Begley, pictured here with her son Max in 2010, took to a blog about special needs children to deliver a response to a vile letter a neighbor had sent her complaining about the boy’s sounds

Karla Begley, 44, wrote letter published by a blog about special needs children responding to neighbor’s anonymous complaint
On August 16, Max Begley’s grandmother got a vile letter complaining about the noise the 13-year-old autistic boy was making
The self-described ‘pissed off mother’ who penned the letter suggested that Max be euthanized

By Daily Mail Reporter

PUBLISHED: 00:38, 30 August 2013 | UPDATED: 06:03, 30 August 2013

A Toronto mother who had received a shocking anonymous letter last week urging her to have her 13-year-old autistic son euthanized has issued a response in the form of a letter about the importance of tolerance.

Karla Begley and her family were left reeling after receiving a disturbing, hate-filled missive from a neighbor in Newcastle, Canada, informing her that the noise her special needs son, Max, was making while playing outside terrified her ‘normal’ children.

Kent County Council explores how digital technology can help vulnerable people

A CHARITY providing advice to disabled people across Dartford and Gravesend is celebrating after winning an iPad Mini.

Clinical design director Dr Robert Stewart presents the iPad to Sophie Turley. Clinical design director Dr Robert Stewart presents the iPad to Sophie Turley.

The Centre for Independent Living Kent (CiLK) was one of several organisations attending Kent County Council’s (KCC) Care in the Digital Age Conference.

KCC social care staff came together with voluntary organisations, care homes and service users to explore how new digital technology can be used to connect vulnerable and isolated people in the community.

CiLK were the lucky winners of an iPad, which was offered as a competition prize by the upcoming carers social network Yecco.

Project manager at CiLk Sophie Turley said: “Winning the amazing iPad mini is enabling us to connect with our members, like minded organisations and the local authority in new and exciting ways.

“It will allow us to take the internet out to our members and demonstrate how Yecco and other sites can help to simplify and enhance their networks of support creating greater independence.”

Yecco was among the organisations exhibiting at the conference last month and uses a social network to connect the person being cared for with their families and professionals.

Kindness shown by a complete stranger

Love letters and kindness may improve mental health

“You matter to me. In a way I cannot explain, you matter to me. And you, you are a marvel… you and all the parts of you.”

It’s not the kind of thing you normally write to a complete stranger.

But after graduating from college and moving to New York City, Hannah Brencher was feeling anxious and depressed. She found herself not wanting to be around other people and “just really unravelling”.

Then she started writing love letters to strangers and leaving them all over the city. The first letter she left on a train simply addressed: “If you find this letter then it’s for you.”

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