- Paperback: 112 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 2 edition (April 13, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1470047217
- ISBN-13: 978-1470047214
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.3 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 44 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,249,514 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Jon Singer would do just about anything for his kids, and especially to make sure his daughter, Rebecca, who has a rare genetic disorder that causes autistic tendencies, gets what she needs to succeed. He'd practically go to the end of the earth if that's what it would take. In fact, that's just what he did. In the summer of 2002, Jon and his wife, Michey formed an organization called The Drive for Rebecca (Drive4Rebecca. org) to increase awareness of autism and raise desperately needed funds for autism research and education. To raise money for the new organization, Jon and Michey, together with Rebecca; her brother, Sam; their cousin, Evan; and their babysitter, Rachel set out on a cross-country journey that changed their lives. They drove from New Jersey to Los Angeles in a decorated motor home, staying in hotel rooms that were generously provided free of charge by a leading hotel chain. They organized events at Whole Foods Market and Wild Oats stores in seven cities, with sponsors such as Build-A-Bear Workshop, drawing media coverage from all the major networks. Along the journey they were greeted by friends, family members, Girl Scouts and made many new acquaintances. They raised nearly $100,000, which they donated to autism research projects and to leading educational programs for kids with autism that use the science of Applied Behavioral Analysis. They ultimately joined forces with five other New Jersey families to start an incredible new school called REED Academy (REEDAcademy.org), where Rebecca could learn and grow to the best of her abilities, and donated funds to support the opening of another school. Rebecca and twenty other students have been making amazing progress since REED Academy opened in 2003. Because of the miracles that happen every day at REED, several students have graduated and are attending their local elementary schools together with typically developing peers.
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It's largely not intended to be that sort of book, as it is geared toward parents and relatives specifically, so I ended up skimming it, but I still got some things out of it. I really liked the sample Girl Scouts exercises that dealt with how to educate small children (about five years old) without disabilities about some of the things that might be going on with a new member with a disability in a way that would cut through the confusion and help everyone make friends. I think I'll be glad to take that away from this book, and perhaps adapt that material for use in the future when talking to others about language and culture differences as well, since I encounter those frequently.
I can't claim that I read the whole text in detail or that I'm best qualified to review it, not being the target audience, but to those of you considering purchasing the book, I think it's worth knowing that a wide variety of people can get something out of it.
This book is well written by a "true" dad, and someone who has, without a doubt, put his full efforts into the pursuit of making life better for his family and his neighbors; but in addition to that, he has also documented and shared this information with others so that they might benefit from his personal experiences. Speaking from experience myself, I can assure you that the contents of this book are worth far more to me than any amount of solid gold would be, and if I had a choice, I would take this book in a heartbeat and I'd never look back.
Jonathan, I have to say this, "Well done!", and, "Thank you for spending what little time you had to yourself during the course of writing this book and using it for writing this book instead of doing something else." You see, I understand the value of time, I understand the value of perspective, and I have so painfully learned to spot valuable wisdom in places that are meant to offer that wisdom without the suffering that it would cost me to obtain it on my own.
I also would like to say that I love the many practical and real-life applications regarding "community inclusion" that Jonathan covered, because they demonstrate in what seems to be a flawless manner exactly why full inclusion is the best way for our society to make itself better, as a whole.
I am going to recommend this book to everyone I know, and urge them to read it so that they will do the same. This book is absolutely priceless, it is essential, and I personally feel that it will benefit any decent human being on this planet who reads it; I intend to try and persuade as many of them as I possibly can to do so as well.
Bravo Jonathan, bravo...