Show 26 – My Baby Rides the Short Bus: The unabashedly human experience of raising kids with disabilities

Airs: Sunday, April 25, 2010 8 to 9 AM ET || www.CFRU.ca 93.3 FM

Sarah Talbot and Yantra Bertelli are calling from Seattle, Washington to speak about their personal experiences and their book “My Baby Rides the Short Bus: The unabashedly human experience of raising kids with disabilities”
http://shortbusbook.blogspot.com/

This anthology is a wonderful blend of humour and reality. It features works by alternative parents, both professional and novice storytellers, who have attempted to move away from mainstream thought while raising children with disabilities.
“This assortment of authentic, shared experiences from parents in the know is a partial antidote to the stories that misrepresent, ridicule, and objectify disabled children and their parents.” quoted from http://www.powells.com/biblio/62-9781604861099-0

Why did the editors decide on the “fringe of the fringe” perspective?

Yantra Bertelli wrote: We compiled a book for people like us. I do believe in one way or another we all considered ourselves placed on the fringes of society prior to our children, who’s challenges placed us even further on the outside of what society deems “normal” or “typical”.  We write from the places we know. Thank you again for the opportunity.

Other references:

Shannon Rosa, contributor to “My Baby Rides the Short Bus” and contributing editor of “Parents of Children with Special Needs” at blogHer.com: http://www.blogher.com/my-baby-rides-short-bus-interview

KQED Radio Interview: The Forum: Friday, March 12, 2010 1 pm.: http://www.kqed.org/epArchive/R201003121000

Book Review: http://daddy-dialectic.blogspot.com/2009/11/my-baby-rides-short-bus-review.html

Facebook link: http://www.new.facebook.com/group.php?gid=35394681927

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