“Put your son in an institution and move on with your life.”
At the age of six, Joe was diagnosed with autism. It was 1972 and little was known about this disability. Joe’s neurologist advised Carol Basile to institutionalize her only son. She refused. And with only a mother’s fierce love and relentless quest for answers, she began a journey to help her son surpass his limited expectations and lead a meaningful life. Against All Odds is a story of an autistic child who, with courage and determination, struggles through life stages, achieving goals. It is a story of taking opportunities and never giving up. It is a story of the lessons learned to help every parent of an autistic child to see the possibilities instead of the challenges.
Autism doesn’t have to limit your child’s potential.
Joe went on to build relationships in the community, achieve a Master’s Degree, and hold a regular job. His success doesn’t have to be the exception. Your child can be more than their diagnosis too.
This heartfelt book is a powerful and practical guide for parents and educators of autistic children. It is filled with resources and first-hand experiences to equip you with the skills to help your child flourish in today’s world.
Against All Odds includes:
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Autism and Unconditional Love
Chapter 2 Beginning to Understand
Chapter 3 Theories That Changed My Life
Chapter 4 Revenge of the Refrigerator Mom
Chapter 5 All in the Same Boat
Chapter 6 Joe Finally Sleeps
Chapter 7 Joe Explores
Chapter 8 Joe’s Adventures Begin
Chapter 9 Joe Knows Stranger Danger
Chapter 10 Joe Becomes a Teacher
Chapter 11 Joe Says “Coffee with Cocoa, Please”
Chapter 12 Joe Begins to Step Out of His Inner World
Chapter 13 Joe Goes Against All Odds
Chapter 14 Joe Goes Against All Odds Again
Chapter 15 Joe Steps Out on His Own
Chapter 16 The Brighter Future