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Product Details

  • Paperback: 398 pages
  • Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Pub; 1 edition (February 15, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1853029793
  • ISBN-13: 978-1853029790
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.1 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #781,410 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'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

'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

About the Author

Bill Davis is actively involved in autism advocacy work and has lobbied congressmen and senators for CAN (Cure Autism Now). A board member of the local Pennsylvania Autism Society, he has recently been nominated to be the chapter's Vice-President. The Autism Society of America has also asked Bill to serve on its national committee. He is one of the founders and board members of Pathfinders, a new organization dedicated to forming a state-of-the-art autism center for research, training, autism-support education and therapy. He is Pennsylvania State Representative for Unlocking Autism, an advocacy group.

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 has written oral histories for private publication and owns Tooth Fairy Tales, a children's audiotape company.


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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Rayelenn S Casey on May 10, 2001
Format: Paperback
You can't miss the hard-headed commitment, the dogged won't-take-no-for-an-answer determination of this father in his loving and relentless pursuit of appropriate services for his son with autism. Bill Davis "tells it like it is" -- no wishy-washiness, no pie-in-the sky, no empty promises or fairy tale endings. His book makes clear the unfathomable depth of his love -- his passion -- for his beautiful son Chris, and the unyielding belief that no work is too hard, no frustration too crippling, no sacrifice too great if the goals are to provide for his son avenues by which this child with autism can make sense of our complex, swirling, overstimulating world, and find ways to express his own rich perceptions, ideas, and wit.
Read this book if you have a child with autism. Buy it and give it as a gift (as I have twice already) to someone you know who has a child with autism.
Read this book, too, if you have or know a child with ANY disability, for in Bill and Jae Davis' story of working with educational authorities, "working the system", "fighting the system" , improving the system, and not "settling" for halfway measures is a model for all parents of ALL kids with so-called special needs.
But read this book if what you're looking for is just a good love story. The love that springs out of every page is real and unsentimental. The whole story is here -- the love of Bill and Jae for each other despite fatigue and frustrations and fights, the love for their daughter Jessica and Jessica's love for Chris, and the loving personality of Chris himself, the true hero of the book.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By lynn a helton on August 5, 2001
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When starting this book I felt it would be a technical rendition of an Autistics child's life. Boy was I surprised to read the heart felt story about a father, a mother and two children caught up in the baffling world of Autism. From the diagnosis, through the stress of daily life the commitment between these family members was so touching and compelling forcing me to reexamine my own life's priorities. The Davis' obstacle ridden devotion to further education and community awareness of this disease is nothing less than admirable, and hopes that through Mr. Davis' advocacy work he can compel others to open their eyes.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 6, 2001
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Bill is so candid in his telling of the Davis family's life with Chris. He gives so much of himself and asks nothing in return. He is constantly out in the community advocating for not only his child but all children and adults with Autism. I'm proud to say I know him and I throughly enjoyed his book. If your child has been diagnosed you really should read this. Some parts will make you cry but many will make you laugh and say "Oh my god I'm not the only one!" It's an excellent book told from a point of view many never get to see. -Tracy Gipe, mother of a ten year old with ASD and his two younger siblings without.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jenny Nielsen on April 25, 2001
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Bill Davis is the most loving, giving father and certainly deserves the title of superdad. Breaking Autism's Barriers is a realistic glimpse into the everyday life of a family dealing with autism. The book is a balanced combination of useful educational advice, family coping strategies, and heartwarming stories. Professionals in the fields of education, psychology, and medicine who deal with the social and scientific aspects of utism will benefit by learning a father's perspective on the human side of autism. Families of special needs kids will take comfort in the progress the Davis family has made and can learn what steps to take to ensure their own progress. Bill Davis's attitude of absolute acceptance and his efforts to educate others are an inspiration to anyone who will take the time to read this book. Davis has become a voice for so many who can't speak.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 15, 2003
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I think this book is amazing because it let's you go into the mind of the author who is a man full of love for his son. He writes this book as if he is sitting in the room talking to you, and I like that. It's easy to read and easy to understand. And that is what people look for especially on Autism. I applaud this man and his family for doing wonderful things for the Austism Society and I'm proud to say that I'm a part of his world. I hope more people will read his books and get to know the love and suffering he and his family have been through. If anything he should get a medal in his honor.
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