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A Mother’s Open Letter To Katie Hopkins

May 17, 2015

An open letter to Katie Hopkins, from the mum of a child with autism

Dear Katie Hopkins,

You don’t know me, but boy do I know who you are.

See, I feel I need to explain a few things to you. I’m a mum of an autistic child called Sam, he’s almost seven years old and he’s amazing!

I’m also a parent support worker and help run an autism support group.

One of the things that breaks my heart is meeting parents with newly-diagnosed children and their stories of pure ignorance they have to go through daily.

You know the sort of thing – kid kicking off in Sainsbury’s, people tutting or even stating how ‘a smack would sort them out’.

They don’t know the absolute sensory pain our children are going through with the loud supermarket lights – yes, that’s right, the lights!

Or they are, like my son, petrified of automatic doors and standing screaming outside the shop.

I’ve grown a very tough skin but comments you made about a child being a t*** over Twitter have upset me.

See, comments like that set our community back by 20 years, which is a real shame as we’ve come so far.

It’s bad enough getting judged on a daily basis without someone in the public eye making comments about a child, or stating the Labour Party’s Ed Miliband is on the spectrum – like it’s something horrific.

You should come along to our support group and meet our amazing parents and children.

That’s an open invite. I’m all for educating the ignorant.

I’m not going to ask you to apologise – what would be the point? But I will say one thing: autism, or any disability, can happen to anyone. You should know this, having epilepsy yourself.

Kind Regards,

Nicky Seers

Nicky is a mum to seven-year-old Sam, who has autism. She is also co-founder of Friends of EarlyBird in Hillingdon and a Parent Support Worker at Hedgewood School in Middlesex.

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