Written by Alanna Quillen
TUESDAY, 09 SEPTEMBER 2008
A university employee will share his experience as father of a disabled child at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Central Library sixth floor
Architecture department coordinator Robert Rummel-Hudson wrote a book based on his experiences raising a child with the brain disease polymicrogyria
Architecture communications coordinator Robert Rummel-Hudson will speak to the Friends of the Library about his book Schuyler’s Monster: A Father’s Journey with His Wordless Daughter.
“It’s a memoir about raising a little girl with a rare brain malformation that keeps her from speaking,” Hudson said. “In particular, it focuses on my journey as her father as I worked to become the advocate that she needed, and on the struggle of our family to find our way in the world of disability parenting.”
His eight-year-old daughter, Schuyler Noelle, was diagnosed with polymicrogyria which means she will never be able to speak.
“Writing a book about my experiences allowed me to actually draw conclusions from the experiences, rather than just reporting them as they’d happened,” Hudson said.
The book gives Schuyler a voice and provides inspiration to other parents of special needs children, Dean of Libraries Gerald Saxon said.
“As a father myself, I loved Robert’s book,” Saxon said. “The book is not dour or depressing at all but honest and down-to-earth.”
Hudson’s presentation will be the first Friends of the Library program this semester.
“Robert has spoken about this book at Barnes & Noble and other places,” said Tommie Wingfield, assistant to the dean for marketing and external relations.
Saxon and the program committee selected the speaker based on the wonderful reception his book received, Wingfield added.
The Friends of the Library group, made up of about 300 members from the university, helps finance and create activities for the library.
“It’s an organization that supports the library through programs and fund drives,” Wingfield said, “Anyone is welcome to attend the Friends meetings, including students and non-UT Arlington citizens.”
Hudson’s daughter will also attend on Friday and plans to stay for the autograph party following the presentation.
“She loves signing books,” Hudson said. “She’s become quite a little publicist.”