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Autism Heroes
     

Autism Heroes

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by Barbara Firestone, Teddi Cole (Foreword by), Joe Buissink (Photographer)
 

Intimate, bold, and inspiring, Autism Heroes provides a compelling and sensitive account of the experiences of 38 families from different walks of life confronting the challenges of autism with courage, tenacity and love. With empathy and expertise gained from her three decades of leadership of The Help Group and commitment to children with special needs, Dr.

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Intimate, bold, and inspiring, Autism Heroes provides a compelling and sensitive account of the experiences of 38 families from different walks of life confronting the challenges of autism with courage, tenacity and love. With empathy and expertise gained from her three decades of leadership of The Help Group and commitment to children with special needs, Dr. Barbara Firestone engages the families in candid, powerful and deeply affecting conversations about their lives. Each family narrative is set against the backdrop of her insightful essays about dignity, hope, opportunity and love, which are fundamentally important to all families living with autism.

The families offer their experiences openly and honestly, sharing their challenges, triumphs, and hopes. Their candor helps demystify and destigmatize autism and embraces other parents just beginning or already on the journey. Their reflections chart the course through the many stages of coping with autism and seeking solutions for their children, and they offer a lifeline of support, insight and encouragement and hope.

Fully illustrated with stunning photographs by Joe Buissink, Autism Heroes is an invaluable resource for families as well as educators, clinicians, researchers and policy makers.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781843108375
Publisher:
Kingsley, Jessica Publishers
Publication date:
11/15/2007
Pages:
24
Product dimensions:
9.90(w) x 11.10(h) x 1.00(d)

What People are Saying About This

David G. Amaral
"While scientists struggle to understand the biological bases of autism to create preventions, treatments and cures, Dr. Firestone and her colleagues at The Help Group bring hope and help to families today. Autism Heroes will bring guidance and support to other parents and inspiration to clinicians and scientists."--(David G. Amaral, PhD, Professor Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. Director of Research, The M.I.N.D. Institute at the University of California, Davis)
Michael O'Hanlon
"Few have the combination of compassion, rigorous knowledge, passion for the field, and accomplishments in helping literally thousands of children with autism spectrum disorders as does Barbara Firestone. She is also an extraordinary listener, and a great observer of people, making her perspectives and collection of family stories coupled with Joe Buissink's photography extremely rich, inspiring, and instructive."--(Michael O'Hanlon, Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution, parent of a child with an autism spectrum disorder)
Areva D. Martin
"Autism Heroes is a passionate and brilliant compilation of stories that portray both the pains and joys of living with children who have Autism. Dr. Firestone captures the enormity and range that parents face as well as the new frontiers of hope. Inspirational, provocative and painstakingly honest, Autism Heroes poignantly reminds us of the incessant need to educate and advocate on behalf of children and families."--(Areva D. Martin, Esq, Managing Partner, Martin & Martin, LLP, President, Special Needs Network, Inc., Parent of Child with an Autism Spectrum Disorder)
Nancy D. Wiseman
"Barbara Firestone's book is truly an inspiration that carries an important message of hope. Autism Heroes is an intimate portrait of 38 families and their celebration of love, commitment, and pride in their own words and through Joe Buissink's lens. A must read for families everywhere beginning their journey."--(Nancy D. Wiseman, Founder and President, First Signs, author of Could it be Autism? A Parent's Guide to the First Signs and Next Steps, parent of a child with an autism specturm disorder)
Eileen Costello
"Autism Heroes is a gift to the autism community. Raising a child with autism has never been easy, but it just got easier, thanks to Barbara Firestone s wisdom and compassion, Joe Buissink's sensitive images and the courageous families willing to share their most intimate stories. Pediatricians can now say to families coping with a new diagnosis, have I got a book for you!"--(Eileen Costello, MD, Pediatrician, co-author of Quirky Kids: Understanding and Helping Your Child Who Doesn't Fit In)
Peter C. Whybrow
"In our journey along life's pebbled path, it is through the personal stories of others that we bind the start to the finish. In Autism Heroes, we have the privilege of meeting families, through their words and images, who have found their way forward, despite extraordinary challenges. Dr. Firestone's book is truly illuminating and informative."--(Peter C. Whybrow, MD, Director, Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at the University of California, Los Angeles)

Meet the Author

Ted Cole was until recently a Director of the Social, Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties Association (SEBDA), and is a Visiting Research Fellow at the School of Education, University of Bath. He is also co-editor of the journal 'Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties', published by Routledge.

Barbara Firestone, Ph.D., is President, CEO and founder of The Help Group, the largest and most comprehensive non-profit organization of its kind in the U.S. serving children with autism spectrum disorders and other special needs. Widely recognized for her leadership, vision and innovation, Dr. Firestone was appointed Vice Chair of the California Legislative Blue Ribbon Commission on Autism, and The Help Group – UCLA Autism Research Alliance was recently launched in conjunction with UCLA's Semel Institute. At state and national levels, she actively promotes autism awareness, early identification and intervention and the expansion of education and treatment opportunities for children, adolescents and young adults.

Barbara Firestone, PhD is President, CEO and founder of The Help Group, the largest and most comprehensive non-profit organization of its kind in the U.S. serving children with autism spectrum disorders and other special needs. Widely recognized for her leadership, vision and innovation, Dr. Firestone was appointed Vice Chair of the California Legislative Blue Ribbon Commission on Autism, and The Help Group - UCLA Autism Research Alliance was recently launched in conjunction with UCLA's Semel Institute. At state and national levels, she actively promotes autism awareness, early identification and intervention and the expansion of education and treatment opportunities for children, adolescents and young adults.

Joe Buissink is an internationally acclaimed photographer and world-renowned teacher and lecturer. He has received numerous awards for his work, including the International Leadership Award in Photography by the International Photographic Council at the United Nations. He is part of Canon's distinguished group of Explorers of Light, has been featured on Good Morning America and many other programs, and his work has appeared in numerous publications. As the parent of a child with an autism spectrum disorder, Joe brings a special sensitivity and artistry to portraying the families in Autism Heroes and has generously donated his time and talent to this project.

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Autism Heroes 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Autism Heroes provides an intimate glimpse into the world of a ever-growing sector of the human population that cuts across social, economic, and cultural boundaries in a mysterious manner. The personal anecdotes presented by caregivers living and loving in the complex world of an autistic family member are sometimes heart rending, sometimes hilarious, and always enthralling, compelling, and sobering. It is incongruous that our technologically-advanced, information-savvy society has such little understanding of people with autism. In our present atmosphere of privacy, it is yet another act of heroism for these families to share this most personal and sensitive part of their lives. Dr. Firestone¿s work will touch hearts and open eyes to the beautiful spirit found in people with autism and the ones who love them. Her positive but honest and balanced outlook will help parents with newly diagnosed children get a foot-hold on the future possibilities and the breadth of the autistic spectrum. For veteran families, seeing their daily efforts recognized and honored will lighten their work. For professionals, it will provide insight into the kaleidoscope of consequences the diagnosis can have depending on the family context. To understand and address the unique needs of families struggling with autism is a great challenge, and this book is a respectful, heartwarming, and sensitive step toward that goal.