Amazing Autism Prom idea!!

I do not know this family( Jurlonda Crayton) but I thought it was such an awesome idea!!!

As we fight to keep Autism in the forefront of life today, this just blew my mind and I had to share!!

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Exclusive: Local District sends Disabled Students to School Known for Abuse

It has been sometime since I have blogged but our story never ends. At a time where I have to decide on what school district to trust with my boys, I and reminded today of the reason public school is not an option.

Once again, students are suppose to feel safe at school with teachers. However, students with disabilities are abused daily and sent home to parents who’s have no idea what is happening.

http://www.fox26houston.com/news/exclusive-disabled-students-allege-physical-abuse-at-hced-campuses

As a parent whose children were restrained over 37 times and sent home with bruises, where do I enroll my children? Where are my children safe? What government entity really cares?

Because we can not get any help from the great entities that are SUPPOSE TO PROTECT civil rights, ACLU, DISABILITY RIGHTS OF TEXAS, NAACP ECT…we will continue to speak out publicly I shed some sort of light on this issue.

America is fighting for immigrants and I support that cause, however what about our children in the United States?

Feel free to comment or leave suggestions.

Feds Release New Stats on Restraint and Seclusion in Schools”

While checking my emails today I am shocked to see an email referencing Restraint and Seclusion in our school systems. Not because it’s happening so often but because the question is, “when will it stop”?

We now have a second investigation on our behalf with the United States Civil Rights Office. This time because of the harassment, the bullying and the retaliation from the entire school district.

Now, one would think that’s awesome…and it would be if we knew it would lead to at least accountability. However, that can not be confirmed. Even thought this is the second investigation in one year, we have yet to gain the support of any entity.

We are just left broken and having pool up the pieces of our lives while school staff moves on with life. Restrained 39 times in two days, left with bruises, broken mentally….

HOW MUCH MORE?

“Preventing School Violence by Starting with School Counselors”

In the weeks following yet another mass school shooting so many parents wonder why is this happening and what can they do to prevent it. Let me express one way beginning with the school counselors at our children’s schools.
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School counselors’ role is supposedly to improve your child’s academic success, career development and personal/social health. (ASCA 2016). Part of this should include helping children overcome issues that affect academics and overall wellness. Therefore counselors have an obligation to build positive relationships and rapport with ALL children in the school. Each student should trust their counselor enough to talk to him/her, which puts an adult in a position to stop violent behaviors and/or intervene in anyway possible.

Unfortunately, the role of school counselors have changed.

They are not available to counsel children because of the non-counselor duties they are given, which means they are not building relationships with the students nor any form of positive rapport. Instead they are completing state paperwork, assessments and other clerical duties.

As an advocate for my two adopted sons I recently filed a state complaint against the school counselor at our local school, for her participation in using restraints and isolation as a form of discipline for my son. The role of the school counselor are clear with the ASCA ( American School Counselor Association). School Counselors should advocate for students and NOT PARTICIPATE in any form of discipline.

What Can Parents Do?

  1. Inquire about the time your school counselor spend with the students and advocate for time to be spent with them.
  2. Contact the administrators and school board members and request the administrative duties be completed by non-counseling staff.
  3. Advocate for counselors to implement the ASCA’s “Comprehensive Guidance and Counseling Program”.

As a society we have to try whatever we feel will work to prevent another school shooting.As parents we can start at the counselors level by demanding students have a trusted adult to talk to and can possibly stop any future violent behaviors.

“Happy Birthday Alton!”

Happy Birthday to our lil man Alton!

This year he turns 8 years old and I have to say this has to be one of the most special ones yet. We had no idea we would have a year full of trauma and turmoil but God has guided us through to this point.

So I want to thank God for a special package he gave to me 8 years ago…without a doubt or question we stepped in Help his mom and dad. And our lives have not been the same since. I know so many parents say that but I speak the truth.

As we celebrate today, I want you all to know what Alton wants for his birthday.

He wants no more racism. Being a survivor of trauma, fighting everyday to gain his life back, Alton expresses we should love each other!

We came together as a family to keep our family together. And as we realize this world is full of more hate and racism and discrimination, we feel a need to speak up and make a difference. Our battle with our school district is much bigger than us and we know it.

But today we will celebrate this little ones special day! We love you Alton!

“THE RIGHT TO PROTEST…ACLU”

THE RIGHT TO PROTEST

The right to protest is a long-standing protection afforded by the U.S. and Texas constitutions. This right is contained both in the freedom of speech and in the freedom to assemble, which protect not only the ability to verbalize protests and engage in symbolic speech such as wearing an armband, but to arrange peaceful marches and protests on certain public lands.

These rights are not unconditional. Because the government has an interest in maintaining peace and public order, it may restrict some protest activities in certain ways.

This Know Your Rights fact sheet is intended for people who want to exercise their right to protest in order to help understand the status of the current law on this topic. However, this sheet does not cover every nuance of the law surrounding protest rights and should not be taken as legal advice. If you have specific legal questions, consult an attorney or the ACLU of Texas.

LAWS

The right to protest is protected by both the U.S. Constitution and the Texas Constitution.

The First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution states that “Congress shall make no law … abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble.

The Texas Constitution, in Article I, sections 8 and 27 protects the “liberty to speak, write or publish … opinions on any subject,” and “the right … to assemble.

YOUR RIGHTS IN GENERAL

These provisions protect your right to march, leaflet, parade, picket, circulate petitions and ask for signatures, and other forms of peaceful protest. You have the right to express your views in these ways regardless of how unpopular or controversial they may be.

Although these rights are afforded strong protection, how the rights are exercised may be regulated.

IF YOUR RIGHTS ARE BEING VIOLATED (ACLU)

If you believe that you are being denied your right to protest, visit our legal program page to submit a complaint.

https://www.aclutx.org/en/know-your-rights/freedom-of-speech-right-to-PROTEST

“Bullied While Others Watch in Silence”

“I had a bad day mom. All the kids bullied me and the teachers didn’t do anything”.

“Everyone laughed at me in PE and called me a baby…the teachers laughed too”

“A kid put up his middle finger at me and all she said was she didn’t see it…the cameras right there”

The list can go on and on with the stories heard in the last two months but Lets stop for a second and ponder on the question…how does a parent send their child back to a school environment such as this?

It is one thing to have your child be bullied, teased, and even physically injured by a student peer, but to think the teachers or staff are present when the incident occurs is unacceptable. Especially when the student is in a “therapeutic” environment where positive life skills and behaviors are described to be priority.

The golden rule was once taught: “Treat others how you want to be treated”. It’s sad but it no longer exist in 2017.  Instead we have discrimination at its finest, boldly presented in your face, daring the parent or student pursue it.

It leaves me absolutely speechless when I experience a child expressing the hurt they feel from being laughed at while school staff do nothing. Or to hear a child say,

“I hid in a locker because that’s what bullies do to people and that’s how I felt, so I put myself in there.”  

No child should feel such low self esteem of themselves. I have had enough. If you are blessed to have a child express bullying to you, please do not stand by and do nothing. By the time he comes to you he has already dealt with it for a while…and is calling for help.  You are obligated to help!

As for our school staff sitting in silence? God sees all and children are our future. If you allow them To be damaged from bullying as you watch, what do we have to look for in the future!

This has been published pursuant to free speech.

“Breaking Through Betrayal…Turning Trauma into Trust”

Hello everyone we haven’t updated much since the storm and having to truly decide on homeschool or not.
The decision has not been an easy one but we have choosen Homeschooling…it’s sad to say but as excited as Alton was to go to school his first two days he witnessed a child get hit and then was hit himself by another student (on both days)…and while at the nurse office saw more “quiet rooms” which caused flashbacks and traumatic responses. Although this school is suppose to be a therapeutic one, there is not much therapy going on.

When Alton’s response from the quiet room” triggers was that of fight-flight-freeze, instead of calming the situation, the staff created a hostile one…in turn creating a negative response.

With that being said, it was not hard to keep him home after hearing him tell his side of what transpired both days, it was hard to make the final decision though. Having family and friends express their concerns for me and the affects homeschooling would have, gave me joy. However,  I had to remind them and myself  this is bigger than “me” and this fight will demand sacrifices. So through Tropical Storm Harvey I remained prayerful and decided I will homeschool Alton rather than re traumatize him.

As we wait for our ARD Meeting with the school district and its legal representation, Alton is able to feel safe and learn as he should. After eight months of PTSD I can say I see his smile more and more! Which equals progress! And as long as there is progress I will continue to press forward. Is it easy, no! But it will get easier. Altons mental health and future is priority for me. Knowing if we do not break through the barriers of trauma now, we will not have a breakthrough later…only a breakdown!

This has been published pursuant to free speech.

The Bill of Rights for Incarcerated Children


Rally for Children of Incarcerated Parents Bill of Rights

The Bill of Rights for Incarcerated Children

  1. I have the right to be kept safe and informed at the time of my parent’s arrest.
  2. I have the right to be heard when decisions are made about me.
  3. I have the right to be considered when decisions are made about my parent.
  4. I have the right to be well cared for in my parent’s absence.
  5. I have the right to speak with, see and touch my parent.
  6. I have the right to support as I face my parent’s incarceration.
  7. I have the right not to be judged, blamed or labeled because my parent is incarcerated.
  8. I have the right to a lifelong relationship with my parent.

*This is based on the SFCIP and the SF Bill of Rights for Incarcerated www.sfcip.org.

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