Breaking Autism's Barriers

Breaking Autism's Barriers

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by Bill Davis
     
 
Bill Davis is the father of Chris, who has autism. Breaking Autism's Barriers: A Father's Story chronicles Bill's fight to overcome the physical, emotional, public, educational, and therapeutic obstacles to his son's disorder. Few books about autism have been written from a father's perspective. None so effectively walks the reader through each moment of a

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Bill Davis is the father of Chris, who has autism. Breaking Autism's Barriers: A Father's Story chronicles Bill's fight to overcome the physical, emotional, public, educational, and therapeutic obstacles to his son's disorder. Few books about autism have been written from a father's perspective. None so effectively walks the reader through each moment of a family's experience. It is an honest, direct account from a father's point of view of bringing up a child with autism, and the pressures and pleasures this brings to him, his wife Jae and his daughter Jessica. Now a leading autism advocate, Bill Davis gives advice and support to families trapped in a frustrating, unyielding system. Every facet of daily life with autism - including potty-training, aggression, marriage, family support, and finances - is discussed, with humour and realism. Breaking Autism's Barriers gives useful information to help parents jump the hurdles necessary to get a diagnosis, effective education, skilled therapists, and funding. Professionals will gain great insight on how to work better with families struggling with autism. And families will take comfort in knowing they are not alone, and be inspired by an ordinary man like Bill who is overcoming autism's obstacles

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781853029790
Publisher:
Jessica Kingsley Limited
Publication date:
02/15/2001
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
400
Sales rank:
946,000
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.16(h) x 0.95(d)

Meet the Author

Wendy Goldband Schunick has a Master's degree in social work and has been a television news producer in Washington DC and Baltimore. She was presented the World Hunger Media Award at the United Nations for a series about hunger in America, before deciding to start a family. She is currently a marketing writer.

Bill Davis has trained and spoken to many Police Departments, Fire Fighters, Ambulance workers, State Troopers, Group Home workers, Emergency Room workers, Universities, parents and Support Groups. Recently, he has received the Temple University's Center of Disabilities "End the Victim's Silence Advocacy Award". He has also been cited by the PA State Senate for work with the Police and the Disabled. He was a speaker at the PA Crime Commission Conference 2002 and at the Penn State Autism Conference 2002, and keynote speaker at Chapter Leaders ASA (Autism Society of America) in Dallas 2000. He is also past president of the Harrisburg Chapter ASA. Wendy Goldband Schunick has a Master's degree in social work and has been a television news producer in Washington DC and Baltimore. She was presented the World Hunger Media Award at the United Nations for a series about hunger in America, before deciding to start a family. She is currently a marketing writer.

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Breaking Autism's Barriers 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A frank diary of a loving family fighting for the rights of their Autistic son--points out how tough things were 10 yrs ago in the world of disabilities--shows that Autism is not a death sentence----
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was one of the lucky people to read this book before it came out. I have been friends with Jessica Davis and have known the Davis's for ten years. Throughout their struggle they have tried to stay grounded while dealing with Christopher. Their whole lives have changed, which I witnessed from the first time Chris was diagnosed with Autism. I hope they stay strong and help other children, not just those wth autism. great read!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is excellently written and draws you into the life of this family. A wonderful experince to read for anyone who has a relationship with someone who has a disability. User friendly and thought provoking.