Reflections From A Different Journey

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Offers parents of children with disabilities inspiration and advice from those who've been there

Reflections from a Different Journey presents 40 stories by successful adults who grew up with disabilities. They provide insights into what it is like to persevere in the face of community prejudices, and what it takes for families and children with disabilities to work together toward fulfillment.

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Overview

Offers parents of children with disabilities inspiration and advice from those who've been there

Reflections from a Different Journey presents 40 stories by successful adults who grew up with disabilities. They provide insights into what it is like to persevere in the face of community prejudices, and what it takes for families and children with disabilities to work together toward fulfillment.

While there are many books for parents on raising a child with a disability, this is the first to help them learn from people with disabilities, and to help children face the unique challenges and rewards of growing up with a disability. Reflections from a Different Journey will also encourage and inspire older children and adults with disabilities, other family members, and education and health care professionals who serve these families.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Klein, a noted attorney and advocate for people with disabilities, and Kemp, a clinical psychologist and former editor of Exceptional Parent magazine, have gathered 40 essays from a large sample of disabled adults to answer the question, "What do you wish your parents had known?" Organized by common themes (e.g., "Sexuality" and "Education and Disability"), the essays do not tend to the extreme sentiments of "my parents screwed up" or "my parents were perfect" that one might expect. Instead, most of the contributors offer a nice mix of both positive and negative comments. Parent readers will ask themselves, "Am I doing that?" or "I'm not doing that, am I?" The resource section includes a few listings that are often missing from such lists, nicely rounding out the text. Both Klein and Kemp are highly visible in the disabled community, and actress Marlee Maltin has written a foreword, which could create sizable demand. For most collections.-KellyJo Houtz Griffin, Eatonville, WA Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780071422697
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies, The
  • Publication date: 3/1/2004
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 943,431
  • Product dimensions: 0.51 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 6.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Stanley D. Klein, Ph.D. (Gloucester, MA) is a clinical psychologist with 50 years of experience working with children with disabilities. He is education director for Abilities Expo and a cofounder and former Editor in Chief of Exceptional Parent magazine.

John Kemp (Washington, DC) is an attorney who was born without arms and legs, and is a leading advocate for people with disabilities. He is also a former national executive director of the United Cerebral Palsy Association.

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Table of Contents

Foreword vii
Acknowledgments xi
Introduction xiii
1 Love Me and Accept Me as I Am
Ain't Done Too Bad for a Cauliflower 3
Disability Does Not Equal Liability 8
What I'd Tell That Doctor 13
Please Believe Me 16
Parents Without Prejudice 18
The Virtues of "Ballpark Normalcy" 23
Take Me as I Am! 27
Please Accept Me--All of Me 32
2 Parents Are the Most Important Experts
What's a Mother to Do? 39
The Rules of the "Game" 44
"Deaf People Can Do Anything but Hear" 49
The Autism Bomb 54
Solutions from the Heart 60
Creative Pathways 65
My Secret Childhood Existence 70
Another Way of Seeing 75
As Normal as Can Be 79
If Mom Only Knew 84
3 Parental Expectations
Affirmation and Challenge 91
A Stubborn Sense of Entitlement 96
Independence: Lessons from My Mom 101
Go for It! 105
Tapping My Potential 109
The Hand That You're Dealt 113
Alien or Activist? A Woman in Search of a Big Life 117
Giving Our Children Roots and Wings 122
4 Sexuality
Relationship Realism 131
Code of Silence 136
My Mother's Warnings 140
5 Education About Disability
Honesty, the Best Policy 147
No Secrets: A Kid Is a Kid 152
Twice Exceptional 156
Does Your Child Have Epilepsy? So Do I! 161
Learning Was Always Hard for Me 165
Please Don't Be Put Off by Your Doctor 170
Listening Is the Key 175
As Much Love as You Can Muster 179
Groups Offer Valuable Life Lessons 184
Creating an Individual 189
Afterword: Disability Culture 195
Resources for Parents and Family Members 201
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2005

    Heartening reading

    As a parent of a special needs child, this book was a godsend. Some essays were troubling to read as the authors relay their mistreatment by others. Other essays were uplifting. All lead to much introspection and will shape my choices as a parent of a disabled child.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 3, 2004

    Journeys of Determination, Hope, Strength

    This book is a definite addition to any library, be it a professional or for someone with a disabled family member. The essays cut a broad swath through the hearts, souls and minds of several aspects of differently-abled children, teens and adults. If you have an exceptional family member or friend, or if you wish to settle down for some deep, satisfying reading, I suggest this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 2, 2004

    I wish my parents had a book like this when I was a kid!

    This is a wonderful collection of essays by persons with disabilities for parents of children with disabilities. As an individual who has a disability, I wish my parents had access to such a book when I was a kid. Also, the stories touch on aspects of life that are so very universal and hold appeal for a wide audience. Many thanks to the editors and writers who contributed to this great book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 20, 2004

    Journeys of Hope

    The simple but real situations of growth and maturation are easy to read and flow from one essay to the next. The perspective of the 'children' is an essential piece of the puzzle when you are raising a child with a disability. As a mother of 2 such children I value the insight and hope these essays give me.

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