Someone in the tags on that post said it was like the game got its own Duwang translation and I’m inclined to agree.
I covered my cat in flowers
Starting May 3rd at Noon, I will be riding my bicycle for 24 consecutive hours to raise awareness for my daughter Hannah, her diagnosed Selective Mutism and the failure of Torrance Unified School District to properly address her needs.
My goal is to ride at least 300 miles in that time.
Hannah suffers from Selective Mutism - a rare condition that renders her unable to speak.
Though the district does agree that she qualifies for special services, they refuse to consider the advice of experts in formulating an Individual Education Plan (IEP) to help her.
Selective Mutism is fully “curable”. But it takes time, patience, lots of love, and most importantly, the right kind of help. With Selective Mutism, the wrong kind of help makes it worse. The district is either unwilling or unable to understand this.
When caught early and treated properly, 99% of selectively mute children begin to speak within two years.
This school year has been extremely difficult. Though Hannah’s teachers have been amazing, the principal and the district continue to generate obstacles for Hannah. They have protected themselves and each other rather than protecting her.
Another parent recently reported to us that earlier this year, her daughter found Hannah on the playground, surrounded by a group of older boys. They were teasing her. Hannah was standing with her hands over her ears as tears streamed down her face. The little girl stood up for Hannah. And though the matter was reported to the principal, the school has never reported the incident directly to us.
My ride will take place on the 1-mile industrial loop just outside of the Strand Brewing Co tap room. I invite you all to come do the first few laps with me to kick off my 24 hours. After a few laps, I will continue solo and the group will move into the tap room to celebrate and prepare to help support my long ride. We will do something similar on Sunday when I finish. I would love to have a large group of riders as there is a good chance local news will be there.
Come support Hannah.
I am Hannah’s Voice. I hope you will be too.
A friend of my dad and owner of one of our favorite local micro breweries is riding 300 miles in 24 hours to raise awareness for his daughter, who has selective mutism, an anxiety disorder causing her to be unable to speak. Her disorder has caused her to be ignored and mistreated by the public school system in our city.
Here’s the link to the event page, it is happening next weekend in Torrance, CA. If anyone who rides bikes or just wants to come out to show support please do. This is just another of the many cases of the public education system failing kids with special needs, and frankly it makes me sick. Please come out and support her and ride with us, or at least reblog and signal boost this. Thank you.