Hi, 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.
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