Friday, January 8, 2010
Please Help Zakhqurery Price!
Hi everyone my first official posting of 2010. Happy New Year all,anyway, I would like to report there is some blatent anti Autism discrimination going around in the case of young Zakh Price. He is a wonderful young man,he needs your help,as his school district was using not only illegial restraints on him,when he escaped from his restraints the law has charged him with a felony, which is highly rediculous as he is only 11 years old. The restraint system is medieval torture, & I would escape too if I was in the situation.
Here is information on the situation courtesy of ASAN website:
Pam Siebenmorgan (One of the charging parties in Zakh's felony hearing - polite but firm calls and e-mails encouraging her to drop the charges would be helpful)
Dr. Benny Gooden (The Superintendent runs the entire school district - polite but firm calls and e-mails communicating how this situation is damaging Fort Smith Public Schools' reputation would be helpful as well)
School Board Office: 1-479-785-2501 Ext. 1201
We recommend that you both e-mail and call if you can. If necessary, e-mail is the preferable option. If you would like your e-mails to be passed along to Zakh's grandmother, please bcc: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please stress the importance of Fort Smith Public Schools taking the following steps:
-Drop the charges against Zakhqurey Price
-Work with his grandmother to put in place an IEP that will fulfill Zakh's right for a Free and Appropriate Public Education in the Least Restrictive Environment
-Improve training for school personnel to prevent future such incidents and to ensure that students on the autism spectrum as well as with other disabilities are included, supported and educated in Fort Smith Public Schools.
If Zakh is declared incompetent as part of the hearing scheduled for January 12th, state law requires that he be placed into a mental hospital for at least 30 days. Carole's grandmother fears that, due to the negative repercussions of being taken out of the community and being forced into an institutional setting, Zakh may lose skills in such an environment and not be returned to her indefinitely.
That is why we need you to act now. Please distribute and repost this action alert. Thank you for your time and your advocacy, and as always, Nothing About Us, Without Us!
The Autistic Self Advocacy Network
Here are support groups for Zakh on Facebook:
my group: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=241323477866
Zakh's Grandmother Carole Reynolds Facebook group:
Here is Carole Reynolds blog, & you can also help donate to the cause there as well! Please contact here for details:
State of Arkansas,Dept of Education rules:
Links to major news outlets (which I am shocked & upset that no one has picked up!):
Also contact your local news outlets as well!
Information on Restraints:
In conclusion they have no right to do this to an 11 year old! its criminal,inhumane & medieval barbarism! Please help if you cannot help him financially please pray & lend your support by bombarding his school,protesting there, & letting any newssite etc, know about this abuse! It's not just Zakh at state, but there also other children past & present in the same situation & we should help the abused children of militant schools systems out !
Thanks your friend & Autism advocate/Proud Aspergian Zoey :)