Full title? Dads of Disability™: Stories for, by, and about fathers of children who experience disability (and the women who love them!)    PurchaseFree SamplesFacebook - ReviewsTwitter

What is it? Who is it for? Dads of Disability addresses the scarcity of material for and about the perspective of fathers whose children experience a disability. DadsOfDis-frontcoverThe collection is focused on fathers but readers have noted how useful these stories are for all kinds of parents and caregivers.

“Dads of Disability is direct and insightful and a valuable resource, not only for fathers, but for mothers, extended family, and health care professionals alike.”
- Patti Chadwick

Who wrote it? The book is mostly about men, but it was written by men, women, and children.

What’s the goal? It will foster useful but possibly never-before-had discussions between and amongst fathers, mothers, extended families, care circles, and individuals with disabilities themselves.

“When I first began to read through this book, I was reading it through several different lenses: as a parent of a child without a disability, as a disability advocate, as a social worker who works with families who have kids with disabilities, and as a person with a disability myself. And in every one of those perspectives, I was in love with this book.Amazon reader jabberwockyamy

What’s in it? This book contains 41 essays and poems written by all kinds of men and women. They are powerful, but not saccharine. They are moving, but not over emotional. They are honest, and intended to foster discussion between and among family members and care circles who may not have ever truly considered the father’s perspective (~230 print pages).

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“His book is moving and a helpful, inspiring read for any teacher or parent of a child with disabilities. I found that reading the book helped me become more empathetic to the struggles that so many parents face. This inspiring book is a must read for any teacher working with special needs kids just because it will help you relate to parents. It would make an excellent book club study book.” – Vicki Davis, the Cool Cat Teacher
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14 Comments

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  2. Hi Gary, my name is Oren Rozen. I believe we spoke a few years ago. My son Yoav has a similar deletion as Alexander. I think your book idea is amazing. I may want to contribute but writing is not one of my strongest skill.
    Funny, I also studied Marketing but went into the family retail business.
    Anyway, I will be following your progress and like I said previously, will try to contribute.

    Take care,
    Oren

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  3. This is a fantastic idea, Gary. Knowing you for about 10 years now, I believe it to be an uncharted but very worthy course to follow in this world of disability we all belong to, and I believe you to be an excellent captain. We’ll have a beer soon and talk about this for sure.

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  4. Gary I left you a comment on the GMP website tonight, and am also leaving one here to let you know you are doing a fantastic thing. I’m looking forward to reading your book and hope it all works out the way you expect it to. Wish you and your son Alexander the best! Thanks, Brian

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    • Brian,

      Thanks so much for your wonderful comment! The Kickstarter was approved, and I am going to launch it (make it live) next Tuesday July 9! (You can have a sneak peek at it here http://www.tinyurl.com/marly1234) Oh, did I make that public? You can’t support the project until July 9 but you can look at the KS and the animation and read the details.

      Update – Sorry, you can’t actually watch the video from that URL! We’ll have to wait until next Weds!

      Thanks!

      Gary

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  5. Hi Gary,
    I think your book and blog sound fantastic. My husband is step dad and that role is challenging enough. Enter in the difficulties of parenting a child with high functioning autism i often wonder what he is thinking. Maybe your book will open him up some and help him understand. Regardless I think it’s a brilliant idea.

    Best of luck
    Sarah

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    • Sarah,

      Thanks for the kind comments!

      The book is coming along really well, and I can’t wait to share it with the world.

      Gary

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  6. Hi Gary, I also have a son with a dissability and get all the struggles. He struggles with Autism with many complications, and financially has been impossible without help from family. I live in NH and work 320 miles away in NY to keep my masonry business alive. I do all I can for my family but could not do it without my solid partner Denise. Without her it does not work. I look forward to reading more. Good luck, and thanks.
    Syl Lapierre

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    • Syl,

      Thanks for the wishes!

      That sounds like a bear of a commute. I thought the drive to Boston was long. I admire you for what you do to keep your family intact. Quite a story, and best of luck to you all!

      Gary

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  7. Gary, I write on issues of disability in Louisiana and would be honored to write and/or share my story with you for your next book. I am known as the Dadvocate in the Louisiana Legislature (a name they gave me! LOL) and am one of few dads who advocate on behalf of children with developmental disabilities in the state. I am a creative director and marketing director by trade and would be interested in contributing in any way you could use me!

    Thank you!
    jason

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  8. Gary,

    I love that you are a dad speaking up and encouraging other dads to speak up. I’m always looking for dads to guest post at DifferentDream.com…if you or any of the dads you know are interested!

    Jolene

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  9. Hello! I found your blog through the Special Needs Parenting Blogger’s FB “Shout out!” I’d love for you to do a guest post for me. I’d like to follow you but don’t see any way of doing that!

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