Autism Heroes: Portraits of Families Meeting the Challenge
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©2007. By Barbara Firestone, Ph.D. Photography by Joe Buissink. Readers will enjoy the combination of thought provoking essays and striking black and white photography that Autism Heroes provides. In this book, 38 families bravely speak out about what it is like to be touched personally by an autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The book is divided into four categories: Dignity, Hope, Opportunity, and Love. Each section begins with a thoughtful and insightful essay by the author on the corresponding subject. Peppered amongst these everyday families are a few recognizable figures such as: actors Teddi and Gary Cole, actor Joe Mantegna and his wife Arlene, and actor John Schneider and his wife Elly. As each family speaks of the hardships and joy that ASD has brought into their life, one phrase that comes up time and time again is "early intervention." Families of newly diagnosed children will particularly benefit from the beautiful photography and touching essays that make this book a powerful read. (Hardcover; 218 pages.)
©2007-2008. Autism Society of North Carolina.