5 Minutes for Special Needs Books

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This week’s book is You Will Dream New Dreams: Inspiring Personal Stories by Parents of Children with Disabilites, co-edited by Stanley Klein and Kim Schive.

Stanley Klein, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist and educator. He’s the founder and former editor-in-chief of Exceptional Parent magazine, and is also the founder of DisABILITIESBOOKS. Since May, 2007, Dr. Klein has served as Co-Chair of the Obama ’08 Disability Policy Committee.

Kim Schive is a graduate of Harvard University, a former faculty member of the Department of Psychology at Gallaudet University (the world’s only liberal arts university for students who are deaf), a former associate editor of Exceptional Parent magazine, and the editor of Deaf Community News.

Knowing that “parents’ strongest allies will always be other parents,” Klein and Schive collected 62 real-life stories from parents all over the country–mothers and fathers of kids with cerebral palsy, juvenile diabetes, autism, Down syndrome, and many other conditions. Some are parents of newly diagnosed children; others are parents of adults with disabilities. Together, their experiences offer hope and encouragement, and remind us that we are not alone.

When my son Avery was first diagnosed with Down syndrome, it was just these kinds of personal stories I sought. I needed to read about other families like ours; other mothers and fathers and how they managed, how they coped. How their families made their way from the shock, and grief, and sadness of an unexpected outcome, to the hope and joy and good life that so many of them seemed to have found. As a parent and a reader, I was grateful to have these stories in my heart, as I began my own journey.

I have one copy of this book to share. If you’d like it, leave your name in the comments and I’ll pick a winner next Monday. And as always, happy reading!

Jennifer Graf Groneberg is the author of Road Map to Holland: How I Found My Way Through My Son’s First Two Years with Down Syndrome. Her website is www.jennifergrafgroneberg.com.

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