Titel: Breaking Autism's Barriers: A Father's Story
Autor/en: Bill Davis, Wendy Schunick
PAPERBACKSHOP UK IMPORT
Februar 2001 - kartoniert - 399 Seiten
In this intimate glimpse of the experience of raising an autistic child from a father's perspective, a leading autism advocate gives parents useful information on overcoming barriers to diagnosis, effective education, skilled therapists, and funding.
Introduction: Tattooed for Life. 1. The beginning. 2. Finding appropriate education. 3. Daily life. 4. Advocacy and education. 5. Learning to cope. 6. Inspiration. Index.
Bill Davis has trained and spoken to many Police Departments, Fire Fighters, Ambulance workers, State Troopers, Group Home workers, Emergency Room workers, Universities, parents and Support Groups. Recently, he has received the Temple University's Center of Disabilities "End the Victim's Silence Advocacy Award". He has also been cited by the PA State Senate for work with the Police and the Disabled. He was a speaker at the PA Crime Commission Conference 2002 and at the Penn State Autism Conference 2002, and keynote speaker at Chapter Leaders ASA (Autism Society of America) in Dallas 2000. He is also past president of the Harrisburg Chapter ASA. Wendy Goldband Schunick has a Master's degree in social work and has been a television news producer in Washington DC and Baltimore. She was presented the World Hunger Media Award at the United Nations for a series about hunger in America, before deciding to start a family. She is currently a marketing writer.
'Bill Davis says in his introduction that he wrote this book in the hope 'he can open up somebody's eyes and give them some understanding of autism.' Well, he has done that, and I have learnt more about what it must be like to bring up a child with autism than I ever imagined I would... This book takes us through the struggles which a family has from the moment of suspecting that 'something's not right'...Davis has to fight medical, educational, therapeutic and other professionals in order to get the help that his son Chris needs...the strategies he uses - never taking no for an answer - will fortify many a parent fighting so that their child receives the help he or she needs and which is badly needed right now. Parents of an autistic child are struggling, and Breaking Autism's Barriers will come as a comfort to many fathers and mothers who feel they are in the dark about how to help their child' -Jill Curtis, family2000onwards.com 'I learned more about children with autism spectrum disorders in one day with Bill Davis and his family than in all the time I have spent on this issue before or since. Also, I discovered the remarkable dedication and tenacity of parents whose children are challenged by disabilities. This book will be an inspiration to every parent of a special child.' - Congressman Jim Greenwood - Sponsor of the Advancement in Pediatric Autism Act and Autism Advocate