Monday, September 22, 2008

Pardon My (Relative) Silence

Dear Readers,

If you've been a fan of Ukulelia for a while, you've probably noticed that my posting volume has been down for about a year, and why The World's Greatest Ukulele Weblog is only #8 these days.

If you'll take a moment and read this article, you'll get a small taste of what we've been going through for a year. Obviously, it's hard to keep up a blog when you're spending an extraordinary amount of effort trying to keep your disabled son out of jail.

It's a really sad story, and this article doesn't quite convey the amount of stomach acid and legal fees my wife and I have had to incur simply to make sure my son receives the basic education guaranteed him by law.

I am profoundly proud of my son, Garrison, who turned 16 on Saturday. (Happy birthday, Brother.) And I'm profoundly proud of his two sisters, who study hard and do really, really well. And, ironically, I'm proud of our local high school, which is in the highest ranking district in California.

And I'm ashamed that this same, excellent school put a kid with Down Syndrome in a closet. Link

3 comments:

Shelley Rickey said...

Hi Gary,
I'm honestly absolutely shocked at what i've read in the links. The report from the American Civil Liberties Union and the Article about the schools conduct are really quite horrifying.
I've lived outside of the states for 18 years but visit regularly. It's really saddening to see the state of affairs of schools and communities in general. (I could go on a rant now, but i'll spare you and just call my mom instead.)
Anyway, I can't even imagine how incredibly traumatic and anguishing this has been for all of you. I wish you and Garrison and the rest of the family great strength and love.
Oh, and Happy 16th Birthday Garrison!

Anonymous said...

I wish you and your family the best here. I grew up with an aunt with Down's Syndrome and have a son with cerebral palsy. I am often shocked at the insensitivity and intolerance of some, and touched by the sensitivity and tolerance of others. My thoughts are with you and hope you get some relief soon.

Carl

Mike AGOS said...

Gary

I can relate to the article and feel sorry for the ignorant culture we have fostered toward challenged kids. My sister experienced many similar events growing up and she was only learning challenged, not severely disabled. We can blame others or take our own personal action, educating, supporting other parents and kids. Its up to us. Thanks for raising the flag.

Mike

 
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