Show 25 – Raising Kids with Disabilities

Aired: April 18, 2010 8 to 9 AM ET || CFRU 93.3 FM in Guelph, Ontario

Anne is a mother of 4 boys. Her oldest has autism.

When I first met Anne, I thought that it must be really difficult to raise a child with autism. I asked her about that. Anne laughed and replied that Ceddy was the easiest of her 4 boys.

I invited Anne on the radio to help debunk some beliefs that living with an autistic child is tragic, that they’re suffering, they need to fit in with “normal”, and that autism is a communication disorder.

Next week, we’ll continue to explore the issue of “Raising Kids with Disabilities” when I interview Sarah Talbot and Yantra Bertelli from Seattle, Washington who edited the anthology “My Baby Rides the Short Bus: The unabashedly human experience of raising kids with disabilities”.

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