Reflections from a Different Journey : What Adults with Disabilities Wish All Parents Knew

Edition: 1st
Format: Hardcover
Pub. Date: 2004-03-08
Publisher(s): McGraw-Hill
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Offers parents of children with disabilities inspiration and advice from those who've been there Reflections from a Different Journeypresents 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 Journeywill also encourage and inspire older children and adults with disabilities, other family members, and education and health care professionals who serve these families.

Author Biography

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.

Table of Contents

Forewordp. vii
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Introductionp. xiii
Love Me and Accept Me as I Am
Ain't Done Too Bad for a Cauliflowerp. 3
Disability Does Not Equal Liabilityp. 8
What I'd Tell That Doctorp. 13
Please Believe Mep. 16
Parents Without Prejudicep. 18
The Virtues of "Ballpark Normalcy"p. 23
Take Me as I Am!p. 27
Please Accept Me--All of Mep. 32
Parents Are the Most Important Experts
What's a Mother to Do?p. 39
The Rules of the "Game"p. 44
"Deaf People Can Do Anything but Hear"p. 49
The Autism Bombp. 54
Solutions from the Heartp. 60
Creative Pathwaysp. 65
My Secret Childhood Existencep. 70
Another Way of Seeingp. 75
As Normal as Can Bep. 79
If Mom Only Knewp. 84
Parental Expectations
Affirmation and Challengep. 91
A Stubborn Sense of Entitlementp. 96
Independence: Lessons from My Momp. 101
Go for It!p. 105
Tapping My Potentialp. 109
The Hand That You're Dealtp. 113
Alien or Activist? A Woman in Search of a Big Lifep. 117
Giving Our Children Roots and Wingsp. 122
Relationship Realismp. 131
Code of Silencep. 136
My Mother's Warningsp. 140
Education About Disability
Honesty, the Best Policyp. 147
No Secrets: A Kid Is a Kidp. 152
Twice Exceptionalp. 156
Does Your Child Have Epilepsy? So Do I!p. 161
Learning Was Always Hard for Mep. 165
Please Don't Be Put Off by Your Doctorp. 170
Listening Is the Keyp. 175
As Much Love as You Can Musterp. 179
Groups Offer Valuable Life Lessonsp. 184
Creating an Individualp. 189
Afterword: Disability Culturep. 195
Resources for Parents and Family Membersp. 201
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