|When the unimaginable loss of a child becomes reality: a mother's moving portrait of loving, raising, and losing a son with an Autism Spectrum Disorder.
tackles what happens when the unimaginable loss of a child becomes reality. Julie Schwartz introduces readers to her son Joel David Schwartz, who lived with Autism Spectrum Disorder and died by accidental overdose at age 25. Joel’s unique cognition created situations where he baffled yet informed; infuriated yet endeared; lost and yet won. His mother describes how Joel was a “charming nerd”, inviting us to get to know him in all his complicated detail. She ultimately asks that we maintain Joel’s memory by finding small ways to be kind, and celebrating our differences instead of finding fault with them.
For fans of Ian Brown's The Boy in the Moon
The book will resonate with readers who have connections or lived experience with developmental and other disabilities, Autism Spectrum disorder, trauma, mental illness, or loss.
Mothers and fathers will see themselves and their children in the book, and siblings may recognize each other.
STATS: 1 million Canadians are living with a developmental disability. 80% receive assistance from their families
AUTISM SPEAKS and the CMAJ reveal: 1 in 45 children have an ASD
300,000 Canadians are on the ASD spectrum
Large advance copy mailing of printed galleys to relevant/key media, reviewers, librarians.
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Takes us to the depths of grief and allows us to understand its power and the courage that it takes to face it.
- Marina Nemat, Author of Prisoner of Tehran