Reflections From A Different Journey

Reflections From A Different Journey

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Reflections From A Different Journey

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780071422697
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies, The
Publication date: 03/01/2004
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.51(d)

Table of Contents

1Love Me and Accept Me as I Am
Ain't Done Too Bad for a Cauliflower3
Disability Does Not Equal Liability8
What I'd Tell That Doctor13
Please Believe Me16
Parents Without Prejudice18
The Virtues of "Ballpark Normalcy"23
Take Me as I Am!27
Please Accept Me--All of Me32
2Parents 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 Bomb54
Solutions from the Heart60
Creative Pathways65
My Secret Childhood Existence70
Another Way of Seeing75
As Normal as Can Be79
If Mom Only Knew84
3Parental Expectations
Affirmation and Challenge91
A Stubborn Sense of Entitlement96
Independence: Lessons from My Mom101
Go for It!105
Tapping My Potential109
The Hand That You're Dealt113
Alien or Activist? A Woman in Search of a Big Life117
Giving Our Children Roots and Wings122
Relationship Realism131
Code of Silence136
My Mother's Warnings140
5Education About Disability
Honesty, the Best Policy147
No Secrets: A Kid Is a Kid152
Twice Exceptional156
Does Your Child Have Epilepsy? So Do I!161
Learning Was Always Hard for Me165
Please Don't Be Put Off by Your Doctor170
Listening Is the Key175
As Much Love as You Can Muster179
Groups Offer Valuable Life Lessons184
Creating an Individual189
Afterword: Disability Culture195
Resources for Parents and Family Members201

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Reflections From A Different Journey 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.