Father’s Day News, June 2015: I’m honored that the Down Syndrome Guild of Greater Kansas City has chosen my book as one of 5 books and a DVD to be a part of their Oct 2015 resource bundle for teachers, therapists, physicians, and local libraries!
In recognition of October being National Down Syndrome Awareness Month, teh Down Syndrome Guild of Greater Kansas City sells book bundles at a greatly reduced price to schools, libraries and hospitals to provide accurate and relevant information about Down syndrome.
Their goal is that their members will purchase these bundles (at a cost of $35) and share the resources with their child’s teachers, therapists, physicians, and local libraries to ensure that the most accurate and up-to-date information about Down Syndrome is available. They want to help communities broaden awareness and foster positive attitudes regarding people with Down syndrome.
Here are some review quotes and links to full-length reviews. Scroll down for press mentions.
“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.”
Every Classroom Matters audio interview with Vicki Davis, the Cool Cat Teacher
– Amy from Goodreads
“I just finished Mr. Dietz’s book and I have to say how much I loved it. The different viewpoints portrayed made for a beautiful, eye-opening and sometimes difficult way of looking at the issue of disability and parenting. But each essay was better than the next. Bravo, Mr. Dietz.”
“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.
Fathers get a bad rap. It is always assumed that the mother of a child is the primary caregiver and that the father is backup support. Given that assumption, and given that the stereotypical male in our society does not share their feelings as openly as the stereotypical female, this collection was a breath of fresh air. The honesty with which the writers conveyed their stories was by turns raw, sweet and eye-opening. The essays ran the gamut of emotion, from the father who seriously considered running away to the ending poem about a child’s perception of disability to the mother who misunderstood her husband’s need for time to recharge.
I am hoping against hope that there will be a Dads of Disability 2. Because this was a fabulous, awakening read that everyone can learn from, and that brings the realities of living with a child who has a disability into the light in an accessible and enjoyable way. Bravo, Mr. Dietz.”
– From Shavon Brown-Robinson’s blog I Just Want to Be Superwoman
“There are many sites, blogs, support groups for mothers of special needs children. As a mom of one of those children, I can assure you these are definitely needed. Before reading “Dads of Disability” I never realized that Dads have their own unique feelings and experiences about parenting special needs children. Their voice also deserves to be heard. Reading these stories prompted me to have conversations in my own house about how our journeys and experiences can differ greatly while parenting the same child. The desire for a deeper dialogue is the greatest gift a book like this can give.”
– The Pediastaff blog for speech, occupational, physical, and school therapist jobs and PD supports.
“The book is told by several dads using poems, short stories, and vignettes. The editor keeps it moving, with no repetitive stories or themes. At one point the women take over and talk about the men. It’s not all warm and fuzzy, but again honest and sometimes blunt. As a special needs mom, I resonated with these women.”
– The Allergy Kid Mom‘s Blog.
“The great thing about Dads of Disability is that most of it is from a father’s perspective. Being a mother, I was able to go out there and find a plethora of books for moms with children, but there aren’t too many out there for fathers. Even though this one is based on children with disabilities, it can still help fathers have an understanding of what other men feel like and are experiencing.”
–Rusty Earl, Kansas-based documentary filmmaker had this to say in a 2 minute video (also posted as an Amazon review). Note, I did not solicit this video from Rusty.
– The Some Stay-at-Home-Dads’s blog review included this:
“Spectacular is the essay titled ’55,000 Spectators’. The author shares the true joy experienced with a child with disabilities in a simple, neatly packaged piece. This essay has a lot of impact, emotions, and reality with remarkably few words. I often wonder what my situation is going to look like down the road, so these type of essays (those that spans decades of time) intrigue me personally.”
– Reviews on the Amazon Book and Kindle site, including this one:
“As a dad with an exceptional child, I cannot tell you how many support groups I have attended where I was the only male present. It is simply harder for us to find community with other men in the same situation. Dads of Disability offers something unique for all readers, a collection of (mostly) male perspectives on parenting children with disabilities. The essays are diverse, direct, and daring. A couple of the stories prompted discussions with my partner, and a few made me feel especially supported as a man trying to find his way as a father.”
— From an Amazon review by Mantu Joshi, author of The Resilient Parent.
Media mentions and reprints
- Parents.com reprint of Gary’s essay The Helicopter Parent June 12, 2014
- Nashua Telegraph Sunday Magazine June 15, 2014
- Metro West Daily News June 15, 2014
- FamilyConnect.org mention of the book and a reprint of the essay Man I Can Be June 12, 2014
- American Foundation for the Blind “Family Connect” web site
- Coffee Klatch / Special Needs Radio / Blogtalk Radio 30 minute interview and father’s day feature (coming soon)
- Easter Seals (US National website) featured pieces:
- What the word ‘great’ can mean to a dad (a piece from the book called Great! reprinted on Easter Seals) June 12, 2014
- Six gift ideas for dads with kids who have disabilities – Original blog post by Gary. June 2014
- Finding a Caregiver for a Child with Special Needs, a reprint from Love That Max featured on Easter Seals. May 2014
6 gift ideas for dads with kids who have disabilities – See more at: http://blog.easterseals.com/6-gift-ideas-for-dads-with-kids-who-have-disabilities/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+EasterSealsAutismBlog+%28Easter+Seals%27+Autism+Blog%29#sthash.TwO7qI96.dpuf
- The Manchester (New Hampshire) Hippo June 12, 2014 “This one’s for the dads” – A great overview of how the project came to be.
- An adaptation from the book appeared in the New York Times Motherlode blog on May 14, 2014.
- A Poughkeepsie Journal (NY) featured a story on the cover of their life section about the project and its animation.
- Local New Hampshire paper The Cabinet featured a story about the project.