Songs Celebrating Children of All Abilities
by Grammy Nominee Brady Rymer
These songs were inspired by the students at Celebrate the Children School, a New Jersey school for
children with alternative learning styles. Many of the students are affected by autism, Asperger's Syndrome
or related disorders.
The songs can be heard as anthems for differently-abled children and their families; at the same time,
I think every child will find something to relate to in this collection. I hope the songs will invite deeper
understanding and appreciation of children with autism and other disorders by shedding light on just how
much we all have in common.
The CD art is by Zoe Kakolyris, an artist with Asperger's Syndrome who is also profoundly deaf. The vibrant
world she portrays, full of children interacting with joy and humor, perfectly reflects the spirit of this
collection of songs.
A students at the school who inspired a song, 'So Many Ideas', said this -
'That song tells exactly how I feel. The ideas that are trapped in my head are so huge I can't even type them to you. The thing I think you need to teach the world the most is that we think very intelligently but we are bound by our bodies. This makes the world think we are not thinking people. Thank you for writing that song. Tell the parents that their kids are understanding everything that is going on even if it seems
like they are not paying attention. Never give up fighting for them. They can get out of their very trapped
state and be heard - that is how I did it.'
Keir Keebler, 15 years old