“Do I work, or do I make this world a better place?”
According to Israel “Izzy” Paskowitz, he’s on this planet to help take children with Autism out surfing. Founder of Surfers Healing, Izzy Paskowitz is a former pro surfer. He first began surfing in 1969 when his father took him out for the first time. He calls it the “kick off” into surfing, when he began surfing with his seven brothers and one sister. Then he began pro surfing all around the world. Traveling as a pro surfer was definitely unique experience Paskowitz, who had dreamed about this his entire life, especially when given the opportunity to meet guys who were the legend of surfing.
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Book #17: The Elephant in the Playroom: Ordinary Parents Write Intimately and Honestly About the Extraordinary Highs and Heartbreaking Lows of Raising Kids with Special Needs
When magazine editor Denise Brodey’s four-year-old son Toby was diagnosed with a combination of sensory integration dysfunction and childhood depression, her life was flipped around. Trying to make sense of her new, occasionally hectic, life has been hard, but she’s found comfort with parents just like her. The ones who have the same chaotic life as her share how they cope on the hard days, and embrace the amazing days that come with raising a child with special needs. You’ll find solace and community in The Elephant in the Playroom.
Have you ever wondered what it’s like for a brother or sister of someone with special needs? They might not be the first person who comes to mind, but in book #12 of our 30 days-30 special needs books, we follow one character who gives you a look at her life.
For 12-year-old Catherine, her family’s life primarily revolves around her brother’s disability. She hopes for new friends, and for her brother David, who has autism, she wants to teach him the rules like “to keep his pants on while in public.” While she cares for her brother, she is also embarrassed by his behavior. As Catherine makes new friends with Jason, a nonverbal paraplegic, and Kristi, her new next door neighbor, she learns a few new things as well. She realizes that sometimes there is no such thing as normal.
Humorous and heartwarming, this book is perfect for you or any young child you know who experiences a life just like Catherine’s.
Book #10 in our 30 Days-30 Books list might be something that your pent up frustration can relate to.
With so many parents preoccupied with their ‘perfect’ kids, there are few who actually speak up about the frustrating and difficult times they go through. While not experts on parenting children with disabilities, sisters Gina and Patty are speaking up about their experience as parents of children with disabilities. They provide some wonderful, and hilarious, advice on things that might just help you:
• Find a support group—either online or in your community
• Ensure that your child gets the right in-school support
• Deal with people—be they friends, family members, or strangers—who say or do insensitive things to you or your child
• Find fun, safe, and inclusive extracurricular activities for your child
• Battle your own grief and seek professional help if you need it
• Keep the rest of the family intact in moments of crisis
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When Chicken Soup for the Soul sets out to make a bestselling series, they don’t do it lightly.
Growing up, Chicken Soup for the Soul was one of the best series that you could come across. Each of these stories is just as heartwarming, and insightful stories share the distinct relationship gained when raising an individual with a disability. The humor and hope you can find in these pages can help you see that everyone has a bad day, and it might just give you the determination to get through yours.
At first glance, you might not think there’s a lot to Lott Industries of Toledo, Ohio. A company that excelled in the automotive industry was facing closure like similar companies thanks to the decline of the auto industry in neighboring Detroit. Known for employing over 1,200 works with developmental disabilities, Lott Industries was in a tough situation. They had twelve months to reinvent themselves and to save the livelihoods of their employees.
The critical journey to reinvent the company is followed in a documentary that came out last spring. It follows the perspectives of three unique and memorable characters. If you came into Lott Industries you wouldn’t know these people had disabilities, you would just see workers. According to the film’s website, more than eight million people in America have developmental disabilities, and 80% of them remain unemployed. The documentary follows Wanda, TJ, and Kevin. Continue reading "Lott Industries – “A Whole Lott More”"