9 year old non-speaking autistic boy writes touching letter to the President about racism and fear

Diego Pena

Nine-year old Diego Pena, who has a bestselling book on autism for parents, educators, and students, (an Art of Autism popular blog) recently wrote this letter to the President.

Diego Pena's Letter to the President

Diego’s mom, Edlyn Pena, says “The way it happened was he asked his communication partner Amanda about the KKK. I guess he had been hearing about it from the news and at home with the recent events in Charlottesville. So Amanda pulled up info online about the KKK and read it to him. Then she asked, do you want to write a letter to the President to express your feelings about this. He said ‘yes.'” Diego communicates through pointing to letters on a letterboard. Amanda transcribed the letter.

Diego is fully included in a general education classroom with his communication partner, Amanda. Diego also participates in the Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) program in his district. Below is a picture of Amanda and Diego.

Diego Pena with Amanda

Diego’s dad, Damien Pena, shared the letter with the hashtag #Ilovemyson on Facebook. He writes “Diego is my little social justice warrior.”

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