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.

“In a Child’s Voice”

As I struggle to not walk away…my son begins to remember the way he felt after being restrained in a “quiet room” at school.

I am reminded, he has a voice and a story…he wants to tell and should be heard.

It has been a while since I have blogged and I have no words as to why except I have been in prayer. We are under extreme scrutiny and that is okay. But this is our life after restraints.

“This is my sons story in his own words”

“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

“The Fight Conitues…Alton’s Story”

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“In educational settings that support climates of safety, adults and students respect each other. A safe school environment offers positive personal role models in its faculty. It provides a place for open discussion where diversity and differences are respected; communication between adults and students is encouraged and supported; and conflict is managed and mediated constructively.

Cultures and climates of safety support environments in which teachers and administrators pay attention to students’ social and emotional needs as well as their academic needs. Such environments emphasize “emotional intelligence,” as well as educational or intellectual pursuits. Students experience a sense of emotional “fit” and of respect within the school body, and may be less likely to engage in or be victimized by harmful behavior.

A culture of safety creates “shame free zones” in which daily teasing and bullying is not accepted as a normal part of the adolescent culture.9 School environments characterized by bullying and meanness can lead to student isolation and fear. At best, school environments that turn a blind eye to bullying and teasing inhibit the work of school–learning and growth. At the worst, such environments allow behavior that fosters fear and fury that stunts the healthy development of the victims of that behavior, and may lead to psychological and physical violence.”

Just a little of what I read from

Threat Assessment in Schools: A Guide to Managing Threatening Situations and to Creating Safe School Climates 

Department of Education (ED) and Secret Service, 2002

Yet I find myself battling now with this school district about bullying and creating a hostile environment among the students. Totally insane, but we have filed complaints and waiting on our attorney to move forward. I am so speechless no words could ever explain the disbelief.

All I can stand on is the truth and what is right. We stay in constant t prayer for this warfare against what we know is the root of all evil, money. That is what it all boils down to.

Because of the “worth” of this school district no one wants to go up against them. Not one government entity that represents civil rights for our students want to represent my son(s) who has endured obvious abuse while trying to get an education.

Although the school district, who we have been nice and not exposed their name continuously, continues to retaliate on social media and other obvious outlets…my son still wants to tell his story and I feel he is entitled to do so.

Please share and keep his story alive.

Everyday, he tells of the bullying, Restraint and Quiet Room and why the school was wrong. They do not deserve to carry on with their lives while he fights to gain his back because of their wrongdoing.

This article is based on my right to free speech, and is based on information from the public.

“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.

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.

“HOUSTON…Why Didn’t You Evacuate? City under Water”

I am hearing this question as well as well as reading  it all over online and social media. And if I am honest I will say it crossed my mind as well. I found one article in the New York Time that made so sense. IMG_2445

A city the size of Houston would take days to evacuate and would have to be strategically planned, and still would be not guarantee to work. Yes, our mayor could have said voluntary  evacuation but the city would have still left at one time and after the affects of Hurricane Rita, it just would not have been a good idea.

Yes, day 3 of Tropical Storm Harvey has been 24 more hours of non-stop rain and thousands of rescues and even more hours of watching the waters rise all around our home.

Cypress Creek Water Rising
Cypress Creek @ Champions Forest

But I have to say our City has come together and we have not experienced the number of fatalities I feel we would have in an evacuation. Logistically it would not have been possible to evacuate the city without causing more damage.

We are in for another day of rain and high waters but looks like it will let up sooner than we thought. My boys are hanging in there but having true cabin fever. Having no way to really burn off their energy I have allowed them to have their way throughout the house. I know most parents wouldn’t understand but with autism I have learned to let the boys be free to exhaust their energy at anytime.

And I have to say the last five days of stormy weather has been bearable:) We are still safe, water all around us but electricity on and not in need!

Keep us and Houston in your prayers. We need donations! Blankets, dry shoes, PLUS SIZE CLOTHES AND UNDER GARMENTS, baby items. Its not over yet and the recovery will be a long one. God Bless!

#HoustonUnderWater #justice4one

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