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Sunday, March 01, 2009

Interview with Neil Young on Bridge School News Network - Part #5

Join the BSN network with anchors Nicole and Alex to learn the latest news from The Bridge School and the community. In this series, BSN reporter Lizzie interview a Bridge School supporter and hero, Neil Young!!

Thanks BridgeSchooler!

Here's Part #1 - Interview with Neil on BSN, Part #2, Part #3 and Part #4.

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At 3/01/2009 01:19:00 AM, Anonymous dr dip said...

I've only got one thing to say...never ever take your health for granted!
If you think you're ever doin' it tough, have a good look at this vid, then just reflect on how fortunate you are to have healthy kids and mind..Hats off to you Neil and the bridge street crew.. you are such an inspiration with your time and patience.
Makes the wait for the 'archives'
look very insignificant doesn,t it!Puts every thing in perspective.

At 3/01/2009 09:37:00 AM, Anonymous Bandit53 said...

Lizzy, Nicole, Alex..'You're my Heros'!...Thank You for the great interviews with Neil! I have enjoyed every one of BSN videos that you have produced. Please keep them coming. Lottaluv too you all at the Bridge School! BANDIT53

At 3/01/2009 12:06:00 PM, Blogger Mother Nature on the Run said...

Dr. Dip,

I understand what you mean about taking things for granted, but please don't put Lizzy or any child in that position to be used as something to which we compare other children.

She's just having some fun, that's all.

Lizzy is probably as "healthy" as anyone in her peer group and apparently her "mind" is just fine.

She's like any kid out there except she uses a special communication device.

Move over, Katie Couric, you've got some really tough competition coming through!!!

(((Mother Hugs, Dip!)))

At 3/01/2009 12:12:00 PM, Blogger Mother Nature on the Run said...

If we really want to help our children, we need to work together in our communities to make room for them instead of the periphery in which most exist.

At 3/01/2009 12:42:00 PM, Anonymous bandit53 said...

Mother Nature on the Run
...'Hugs and a Thank you from Canada for writing those positive words'!

At 3/01/2009 02:09:00 PM, Blogger Mother Nature on the Run said...

Hey Bandit,

We invented "T-Ball" why? Because 4 year old kids have a hard time connecting the bat to the ball and lord have mercy if our kids don't know how to hit a ball before they're 5, right?

So why don't we think that way for other kids as well? Start creating opportunities for other kids so they can grow in their own area of development as well.

The only real barrier for Lizzie to get Katie Couric's job is the society that continues to view kids like her as sick, unhealthy, or missing something that typical developing kids have.

Ben owns a chicken farm, right? Harriet McBryde Johnson was a lawyer. Anne McDonald became an author and advocate. Christy Brown was a painter and writer. Stephan Hawking is a physicist.

All they needed was the right tools to level out the playing field. And they had tough as nails parents, too.

At 3/01/2009 04:19:00 PM, Anonymous dr dip said...

MNOT, firstly Thanks for responding to me.. you don't know what it's like to have a friend on my now favourite blog site..behind this facade of sometimes verbal diahrrea(sic) that I usually exrete there IS really a compassionate, misunderstood blogger just trying to get out(violin comes out).
Seriously, it really touches my heart when I see all the things involved with the Bridge School and the humility of Neil's involvement.
As a doctor, I have had both the pleasure and joy in working in the children's ward, seeing first hand every facet of injury or ill health.Burns victims, cancer sufferers and the like.
'Pleasure''joy' you say!Every day I'm greeted with a smile.To think these kids have not really had the chance to experience the simple joys in life that we have.
Mother, please don't get me wrong,I'm not comparing Lizzy with other children. In her world she is as healthy and happy as any body else. (In her world is just an expression ,I don't mean she is some sort of alien).Her intelligence and understanding of life may not be any different to anybody elses. What Neil and the bridge school have done is to "bridge" that misinterpreted 'ravine' that exists.By giving them the chance to communicate with computer technolgy that we have today is amazing. With Neil's own personal expereience in this field and his continal support of this cause, it will only enhance this communication and the bridge will never buckle or collapse .
'the bridge'..time fades away!
I think every young kid with a chip on their shoulder, who thinks the world owes them a living, who thinks they're got it tough..go visit the children's hospital or any of the centres with kids with 'disabilities' such as the bridge school and maybe, just maybe you might leave with a different perspective of what's important in life.
(I'll just get off my soap box now)

At 3/01/2009 08:26:00 PM, Blogger Mother Nature on the Run said...

Here in the States, Doc, we're dealing with a "one size fits all" education system that leaves a lot kids on the periphery of life, still.

That Neil and Pegi had to start this school says what about what was lacking in their own community?

Just think about the towns and cities that do not have the financial resources to start a school like the Bridge for kids requiring training for ATs.

Believe it or not, every district school in the US should be providing AT training for our kids regardless.

Instead, many kids are just warehoused in schools. More time is spent on the paperwork than what a child needs in the form of AT training... ask any speech therapist in a public school over here and they'll tell you how much time they don't have because they're overloaded and overworked with their caseload.



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