Ann Robbins of Lanark, Ill., has always been proud of her daughter, Faith Krutsinger, 14. Though she struggles daily with autism, Faith is undaunted by the challenges she faces, even though she has sometimes been teased by other students at school. “Because of her limitations, she wants to help other people; it’s a natural response to her. That’s why she wrote to the president,” said Robbins.
A high-functioning autistic, Faith wrote her letter on computer seven months ago. She pulled up a website on the White House and composed her letter. “She mentioned that people were losing their jobs and their homes, and people couldn’t afford to feed their children, and she was concerned about that,” said Robbins. There was a family that used to live here … she was concerned that they didn’t have clothes for one child. She was appealing to the president that we need to help, and people were suffering.”
“I told her he probably won’t even get it,” recalls her mother, hoping to cushion the possible disappointment for Faith. But Friday afternoon, Oct. 26, a letter from the president arrived in the mail.
“It was quite exciting for the family because with her limitations, and being high-functioning autistic — just think, it was an autistic child that got through to the president,” Robbins said.
The letter bore an official White House letterhead and the signature of President Obama. He said he “has been moved by many Americans’ letters describing their personal challenges, and I appreciate your sharing your experience with me. I am trying diligently every day to address the hardships people like you are facing across our nation. …”
He mentioned people’s problems with illness, job losses, mortgage payments and more. He said: “It took many years to create our nation’s current challenges, and it will take time to bring about the changes our families need. We have already begun building a solid foundation to help overcome the real struggles Americans are facing.”
He said his administration was working “to overcome the challenges before us” and expressed the hope for “a better future for us all.” It was signed, “Sincerely, Barack Obama.”
From the Oct. 31-Nov. 6, 2012, issue