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September 19, 2013

'Tommy's Song' hits airwaves

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Taking Tommy everywhere and including him in everything has given Buc and mom Patty a unique perspective on how other children — and adults — interact with their son. While unabashed kids may ask questions like “What’s the matter with him; why doesn’t he talk?” many adults just look away, not knowing what to say. Their reaction may be pity for the child with disabilities, but they don’t realize that for all his limitations, Tommy is a happy child who is capable of enjoying life and interacting in his own ways.

“Over the years I’ve noticed how some people have been afraid of people with special needs. I believe that it’s perfectly normal to fear what we don’t understand. I also believe that if a person takes the time to interact with a special needs individual, they’ll soon find out that they are more alike than they realize, said Williams.

“They have many of the same wants, needs and dreams. It was my hope that the song ‘The Little Bus’ would help make people think and understand that people are people, no matter what our abilities are,” Williams said.

No stranger to limitations himself, Williams worked in Nashville for six years, returning to Western New York in 1989. He was in the process of securing a recording contract when he was hit by tractor-trailer on the thruway. Williams was laid up for several years and underwent several back surgeries. Due to the injuries, the recording contract fell through, but he owns his own video production company and is writing songs again.

“I have a great wife and beautiful son who has severe epilepsy. We like to include him in everything we possibly can,” Williams said.

Writing a song for Tommy was an outpouring of love for the family he views as a true blessing.

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