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Father Shares Neighbours Got His Family Evicted Because Their Autistic Son Is "Too Noisy"

The father called for greater empathy and compassion to be shown towards people with autism and their family members.

Cover image via Adam's Autism Family (Facebook)

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A father shared recently that his family has been forced to move out of their rented home because his neighbours had lodged multiple complaints against his autistic son

In a Facebook post on Friday, 11 February, former composer and musician, Iman Wan Tuck Meng, expressed disappointment over his neighbours' lack of understanding for his son's condition.

"The lack of empathy, compassion, and the ability to accept and understand about autism led to this," he wrote.

"For the record, Adam is not noisy everyday, and even if he [was], it's never from dawn till dust."

According to the post, the family lives in a neighbourhood in Shah Alam, Selangor.

Wan, who runs a Facebook page called 'Adam's Autism Family', has a 20-year-old son named Adam Wan Mun Yu, who has been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) since he was two and a half years old

The father often posts stories and videos about his family and about Adam — who also has Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) — to promote awareness and the challenges of living with and caring for a person with autism.

Unfortunately, Wan said his family of four was evicted and will be forced to relocate by the end of February as his neighbours could not put up with them.

"We got to know from a reliable source that the reason our tenancy will not be renewed is because the owner felt too stressed over the year from complaints made by our two neighbours to her," wrote Wan.

"We were hoping to move when our house is ready in a couple years. But I believe Allah has a better plan. We accept this fate."

As a result of the incident, the father called for greater empathy and compassion to be shown towards people with autism and their family members

"The reason I made this post is so families in similar conditions will know that not everyone can accept an autistic person like our son," he said.

"We need to work harder and continue to advocate about autism awareness, acceptance, and understanding."

Wan's Facebook post has garnered over 6,000 reactions and close to 500 comments, with many netizens expressing sympathy for the family.

Read Wan's full post here:

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