It’s so easy to get caught up in the roller coaster of life raising a child with special needs. Sometimes, in the challenging times, we hunker down and ignore the world. Other times, we lift our heads and discover that there are some pretty awful things going on which we can’t ignore. The plight of another demands our attention and our conscience requires that we take action. I had planned an entirely different post for my first of the new year; it can wait because this story is too important to ignore.
Eleven year old Zakhquery Price needs our help. He’s autistic and is currently facing felony charges resulting from his self-defense while being restrained at school. His family has been trying to get the school to put an IEP in place for months and school has not. Now, Zakh’s family is not only fighting the charges, but also to keep the courts from removing him from the family home on Tuesday, January 12th (yes, TOMORROW) and placing him in an institution—while they determine if he’s fit to stand trial. Did I mention he’s only eleven?
The story is complex but worth your time. Please, please read and take action —whether it is contacting the school officials named in the article (information provided in the ASAN alert HERE) or making a contribution to aid in his defense fund.
It is inconceivable to me (and to many, many others) that this situation could have occured, let alone escalated to the point that this young man’s life is on the verge of destruction…all for trying to fight against restraints which would be deemed illegal under a proposed new federal law.
Please help Zakh and his family today. Please.
There is also a Facebook support page here. You can see the latest updates and read more.