Celebrate the Children School had the unique opportunity to collaborate with twice Grammy nominated children’s artists Dan Myers and Brady Rymer on an album and music video celebrating diversity in children with all abilities released April 2011.
Inspired by the students at Celebrate the Children School, Love Me For Who I Am consists of songs celebrating children of all abilities. “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.” -Brady Rymer
A student who inspired a song, 'So Many Ideas', noted: “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
Monica Osgood has worked with individuals on the autism spectrum and their families for over 30 years. She is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of Celebrate the Children (CTC) School in Denville, NJ. Monica is also the Executive Director and a Founding member of the Profectum Foundation and Limitless.