October is Disability Awareness Month
We are asking our readers to support Disability Awareness through the month of October. We propose the simple act of sharing and reading a children’s book that discusses differences, disabilities and being unique in order to help others better understand about different abilities and/or having a disability. We encourage everybody to get involved! Teachers, parents and students can be asked to read and share children’s books with this theme during the month of October! There are many lesson’s that can be learned (for young and old alike) when taught through the simplicity of a children’s book…..lessons that can be learned to embrace differences! The goal is to have all involved gain exposure to and awareness of different disabilities; thereby learning that disabled means differently-abled….not “unable”. We are confident that this simple idea would work throughout our communities & school districts. In the elementary, middle and high schools levels alike. Parenting Special Needs Magazine put together a list of books recommended by parents and teachers. Share books you have or purchase some of these books to donate to your child’s classroom or school library. Thank you for your consideration, we look forward to your support!
Parenting Special Needs Magazine Team
Knowledge is Power…. But, to create change requires Understanding!
What’s wrong with Timmy?
Author Maria Shriver
When 8 year old Kate meets Timmy, she becomes aware that he is different. Kate wants to know why. Her Mom helps Kate learn about children with “special needs”. Timmy may not run or walk like Kate, and it takes him longer to learn things, but, like her, he wants to make friends, go to school, and he dreams about what he wants to be when he grows up.
I’m not weird I have SPD
Author Chynna T. Laird
Jamie, the author’s daughter, has SPD. This book helps children with SPD explain this disorder to others and to explain what they go through in order to help their peers be aware of others with “special needs”, understand them, and to help make them seem less different.
Available on Amazon.com.
Author Brooke Keith
Zack the Prairie Dog
Author S. Charles Decker
One small Daschund and one prairie dog with Autism learn that being different comes with many good qualities. This heart-warming tale is about Autism awareness, prejudgment and accepting differences of yourself and others.
Available on Amazon.com.
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