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We rise by lifting othersHi, friends. Kim here. Yesterday, I received an email that my youngest daughter's school will be closing its doors for good on June 30th, after 28 years serving students with autism and other severe diagnoses. She was only there for one year, her first transition year post 18.  But they treated Bella like family from day one. She had two more years to go. She has made so much progress there.  For the first time in her 19 years, she is communicating with us. Telling us what she thinks and needs and wants - via assistive tech. The other day, she "said," "I don't want to..."  Can you imagine a life of never being able to express yourself?  She had a dream team of teachers and therapists.  Imagine if Michael Jordan, Tom Brady, Wayne Gretsky, Arnold Palmer and Alex Rodriguez came together with their talent and expertise and heart. And success rate. That was Bella's school.


Teachers. Fired.

Therapists. Fired.

Staff. Fired.

Students. Fired.

COVID-19 will be killing more than people. It will kill dreams. But it will NOT kill our future.

I told my daughter's teacher, who had the honor and decency to call me right away, with tragedy comes opportunity.  We will create something new. Bright. Good. Whole. Sustainable. Somehow.

I can't write much else about this. I'm reeling. Truly.

COVID-19 just deep sixed one of the best schools for autism the nation has ever had.

STILL I RISE - By Maya Angelou

You may write me down in history
With your bitter, twisted lies,
You may trod me in the very dirt
But still, like dust, I'll rise.
Does my sassiness upset you?
Why are you beset with gloom?
’Cause I walk like I've got oil wells
Pumping in my living room.
Just like moons and like suns,
With the certainty of tides,
Just like hopes springing high,
Still I'll rise.
Did you want to see me broken?
Bowed head and lowered eyes?
Shoulders falling down like teardrops,
Weakened by my soulful cries?
Does my haughtiness offend you?
Don't you take it awful hard
’Cause I laugh like I've got gold mines
Diggin’ in my own backyard.
You may shoot me with your words,
You may cut me with your eyes,
You may kill me with your hatefulness,
But still, like air, I’ll rise.
Does my sexiness upset you?
Does it come as a surprise
That I dance like I've got diamonds
At the meeting of my thighs?
Out of the huts of history’s shame
I rise
Up from a past that’s rooted in pain
I rise
I'm a black ocean, leaping and wide,
Welling and swelling I bear in the tide.
Leaving behind nights of terror and fear
I rise
Into a daybreak that’s wondrously clear
I rise
Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave,
I am the dream and the hope of the slave.
I rise
I rise
I rise.



Mike F

Sorry to hear of your good school closing.

To put it nicely:
2020 has led my wife and I to search for better place to live for our son who is classic on the spectrum and has been in therapeutic day school for about 7 years. Also searching for better for ourselves. The Jr high experience has been really bad in a school where the elementary was good.
Thinking more of states where liberty is valued (including medical freedom).

Any suggestions for info or articles "Best therapeutic day school in the US"
"Best special needs day programs for spectrum kids in the US".
This is a complicated topic, not much discussed.

I have found information about "best states for special needs", but those articles don't focus on day schools. Was thinking about Austin Tx

Thanks for carrying on with AOA.
Mike F

Teresa Conrick


This breaks my heart. Meg's program is closed, for now with hopes it will open but because most, like Meg are severely affected, remote learning will not be an option. It is devastating.

Laura Hayes


This is terrible news, for your daughter, and for the other students and staff.

So many egregious wrongs resulting from all of this purposeful and contrived virus insanity. And to think that all the horrible wrongs being forced on us are so that pure evil can be achieved in the form of forced vaccinations for all, ID chipping for all, the tracking and social credit rating of all, the end of free speech, the end of religious freedom, the end of fundamental human rights, a one world order where the global population is ruled by a small group of sick and evil psychopaths, and an enslaved and compliant global population that does as it is told, or else.

It saddens me to witness Americans falling in line like easily-controlled robots being remote-controlled from afar. I have gone to three different food stores this week (a regular grocery store, a cheese shop, and a small farm store), and in each, my vaccine-injured son and I have been the only ones to defy gubernatorial orders by not wearing masks (minus one employee at the farm store who appeared to be doing a quick task before returning to the office). No comments were made and we shopped without being stopped or questioned (kudos to these store owners/managers, as they have likely instructed their employees to not say anything and to not deny service, at least for this week). Don’t know how long that will continue. I will add that my heart was racing and I felt anxious and fearful during each shopping trip. How crazy and wrong is that???

My question: Where are all the other patriotic Americans standing up for their rights during the most basic of activities, grocery shopping? If Americans are unwilling to stand up for their right to shop without a face mask, I have little confidence they will be willing or prepared to stand against far worse things that are headed our way. Americans are being conditioned to give up their rights, and to date, they have done so mostly voluntarily...little force has been required. So disappointing, and frightening.

Imagine if every American who cared about liberty refused to comply with mask wearing and lockdowns? And for those who feel they are vulnerable to illness, but want to join the fight to maintain what remains of our liberty, they can either shop from home, or pin signs to the fronts and backs of their shirts saying, “Just because I am wearing a mask does not mean I want you required to wear one.”

Kim, I hope that you, the other parents, and school staff come up with a solution for a new program.


So sorry to hear this.

Paul Picha

I am sorry Kim.

Maureen Fischer

So very sorry to hear this.

Maurine Meleck

I am so sorry to hear this. My heart goes out to you and the girls.
PS my favorite poem which I once memorized.
Love, Maurine


I foresee, or at least I hope for many-many alternative schools, homeschooling coops and private educational options coming out of this government created mayhem.
Where do you think all those laid off teachers, therapists and even good administrators go?
Collect unemployment for the rest of their lives?
I only hope that the parents movement will organize soon.

Jonathan Rose

This is awful news, Kim, but we will hear more and more of it in the weeks and months to come. We are now witnessing a massive redistribution of wealth from the least fortunate to the most favored. The former includes the disabled, whose services will be slashed by cash-strapped governments. Small businesses are being wiped out -- especially black-owned small businesses, which face the double whammy of lockdowns followed by looting by "mostly peaceful protesters." The winners (big winners) include Bill Gates (who tells us that he is giving away his money but inexplicably gets richer and richer every year) as well as his sycophants like Seth Berkley (see above).

Angus Files

Sorry to read that Kim.Nothing worse for you and your daughters.

Pharma For Prison



I predict there will be many more such closures announced soon. Between that and the “new (ab)normal” social distancing conditions of those schools that do return in the fall, I predict here in NY an even bigger jump in homeschoolers this coming year over last year, after the repeal of the religious exemption to vaccines. For example, a local homeschooling Yahoo group I belong to had their numbers QUADRUPLE this past year. Hence the calls from the elitists such as Harvard to ban homeschooling next. Stay tuned...

My adult, autistic brother nearly died of COVID19 after contracting it at his day hab program. Thank God he dodged a bullet and the hydroxychloriquine and azithromycin saved his life, and he seems to have made a full recovery without any other members of the household getting sick. Our 79 year old cancer survivor mom had a cough for a few days but that was it. However, the day hab’s corrupt handling of his case nearly killed him. In fact we found out they have lost several day hab consumers to it (most of whom lived in group homes unlike my brother), just like the scandal that’s happened in the NY nursing homes. Since it turns out we have not much legal recourse, and this could even happen again - thanks Gov. Cuomo! - my mother, my other brother and I have decided that WE will become his Day Hab from now on. He’s not going back.

Rebecca Oshiro

I am terribly sorry to hear this.

Bob Moffit

"COVID-19 will be killing more than people. It will kill dreams. But it will NOT kill our future."

Just heard of plans to open local public school for 4-5 year olds .. which foretell a positively frightening experience for children who will be required .. along with teachers and other employees .. to wear masks, sit within plastic cubicles, socially distanced from classmate plastic cubicles, warned to refrain from touching classmates or teachers, on and on.

I cannot conceive of a country in which generation after generation are "taught" to wear masks and maintain social distance from others? This is nothing less than PSYCHOLOGICAL ABUSE OF CHILDREN .. IMO .. NO WORSE THAN PHYSICAL ABUSE .. AND IN SOME INSTANCES WILL PRODUCE DAMAGED CHILDREN INCAPABLE OF LIVING A NORMAL LIFE.


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