From autistic to artistic - CBS News 8 - San Diego, CA News Station - KFMB Channel 8

From autistic to artistic

Posted: Updated:
  • RelatedMore>>

  • THURSDAY, September 12, 2013

    Grandma Ruby's Autism Music Gala

    Grandma Ruby's Autism Music Gala

    Thursday, September 12 2013 7:38 PM EDT2013-09-12 23:38:17 GMT
    WE CAN MAKE IT! CD RELEASE: Sunday September 15th 5:30pm-8:30pm Heartland Masonic Hall 695 Ballantyne Street El Cajon CA 92020 
    WE CAN MAKE IT! CD RELEASE: Sunday September 15th 5:30pm-8:30pm Heartland Masonic Hall 695 Ballantyne Street El Cajon CA 92020 

SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - At 73 years old, Ruby Barnard is a bouncy bundle of barrelhouse jazz, but it wasn't long ago that this grandmother had a bit of the blues.

"I started on raising my grandson, he has Asperger's ADHD," Ruby said.

So grandma brought her music into a special needs school in San Diego called Sierra Academy.

"Trying to see if that would empower them, more positive skills and social skills," she said.

Ruby started working with her grandson and a young man named Ben who could not articulate a word.

"His body goes into tremors, but we allow him to use the shakers, so when he shakes he also has the ability to keep time. So now he is able to perform," Ruby said.

Next, she put together a group of special needs young adults called Grandma Ruby and the Gems. Now they put on concerts.

"We'd like the community to know that these are human beings just like everybody else. They have gifts, they have talents and they have feelings.

"When these children say 'Grandma Ruby, I love you,' that's worth it all. It's worth every penny. To be accepted, to be loved by these children… I do it because I love them," she said.

The Gems have a new CD called "We Can Make It." They'll be hosting a music gala and CD release party, this Sunday in El Cajon. Ruby's trio will play, and the Gems will sing. All money raised goes to special needs programs.

If you go, be prepared to be the moved by magic of the music and the love of a grandmother who's pure heart and soul.

  • CBS 8 FeaturesMore>>

  • San Diego County’s campaign finance data is hard to search. We’re here to help

    San Diego County’s campaign finance data is hard to search. We’re here to help

    Friday, April 20 2018 1:58 AM EDT2018-04-20 05:58:00 GMT
    This is a stack of Form 460s photographed on April 16, 2018. They are the most comprehensive finance reports that a California political campaign must file.This is a stack of Form 460s photographed on April 16, 2018. They are the most comprehensive finance reports that a California political campaign must file.

    In 2006, the city of San Diego began allowing political campaigns to electronically file their financial reports, giving the public easy access to information on money in city politics. The county of San Diego wasn’t as quick to make the same kind of information available and continues to lag behind the city’s efforts.

     

    In 2006, the city of San Diego began allowing political campaigns to electronically file their financial reports, giving the public easy access to information on money in city politics. The county of San Diego wasn’t as quick to make the same kind of information available and continues to lag behind the city’s efforts.

     
  • City leaders discuss the future of animal services

    City leaders discuss the future of animal services

    Thursday, April 19 2018 9:02 PM EDT2018-04-20 01:02:04 GMT

    Despite a dispute over contract stipulations, the San Diego City Council's Budget and Government Efficiency Committee advanced a proposal to have the San Diego Humane Society provide the city's animal services.

     

    Despite a dispute over contract stipulations, the San Diego City Council's Budget and Government Efficiency Committee advanced a proposal to have the San Diego Humane Society provide the city's animal services.

     
  • Hullabaloo! Writing 20 songs in 20 days

    Hullabaloo! Writing 20 songs in 20 days

    Thursday, April 19 2018 8:58 PM EDT2018-04-20 00:58:56 GMT

    Perform 300 concerts in front of screaming kids every year, and you may just be the hardest working man in San Diego show business.

     

    Perform 300 concerts in front of screaming kids every year, and you may just be the hardest working man in San Diego show business.

     
Powered by Frankly
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2018 Midwest Television, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.