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Parents and Professionals Partnering for Children With Disabilities: A Dance That Matters
By Janice M. Fialka, Arlene K. Feldman and Karen C. Mikus
Foreword by Ann P. Turnbull
Parents and Professionals Partnering for Children With Disabilities
$27.95 per copy
Written from both the parent’s and the professional’s points-of-view, this book is rich with stories, examples, and practical suggestions. Using dance as a metaphor, the authors provide a developmental approach to understanding and forging positive adult relationships while showing concrete ways to advocate for and with children.
Read what people are saying about the book.
It Matters: Lessons from my son, by Janice Fialka
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$12 per copy (plus shipping).
Matters: Lessons from my son is a collection of poems and prose
written by Janice Fialka, a social worker and mother of two
children, one of whom has developmental disabilities. Her writings
honestly describe the range of feelings and experiences of being a
parent of a child with special needs. She writes about inclusion,
use of labels, the power of support groups, and talking to siblings
about special needs. She also includes suggestions for
professionals. It Matters: Lessons from my son is full of
honest emotions and insights for both parents and professionals.
people are saying about It Matters: Lessons from my son:
want you to know what a profound effect your writing had on me as a
writer and parent. Thank you." - Susan Astor, Parent, New York
"It Matters is a wonderful book. Students in my class on the Psychology of Exceptional Children love it because the poems and essays draw them into the world of a family of the special child in a way that no textbook does. Student evaluations rate it as the most enjoyable and significant reading in the course." - Larry Lilliston, PhD, Professor, Department of Psychology, Oakland University
"This book will have a profound effect on graduate students, staff, and parents. Janice has shared with us deeply personal material and the gift of her writing talents. We have all learned and been changed by her." - Barry Schumer, MSW, ACSW, School of Social Work, Wayne State University
Whose Life is it Anyway? How One Teenager, Her Parents, and Her Teacher View the
Process for a Young Person with Disabilities, co-authored by Janice Fialka,
and Jenny Wagner Neugart
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$10 per copy (plus shipping).
This publication is a unique exploration of the emotions and relationships between three key transition partners: Becky, the youth; her mother, and her teacher. It includes talking points for group discussion about relationship building and best practice in adolescent transition.
Outcomes include helping all partners raise expectations about what youth with special health care needs can achieve, how to meaningfully involve youth in the process and ultimately, how to better understand each participant's perspectives.
Co-authored by national trainer Janice Fialka; Martha Mock, University of Rochester; and Jennifer Wagner Neugart of the Waisman Center.
This book can also be electronically downloaded by going to: http://www.waisman.wisc.edu/hrtw/Publications.html .
“The perspectives of the student, parent, and a teacher are a wonderful idea. Your book gives lots of insight into the transition process. I really like the length of the book and the discussion questions. I will use this book in my transition courses. What a creative work!”
- Debra A. Neubert, PhD., Professor,
Department of Special Education, University of Maryland
“In your creative and insightful way, you have put together very powerful scenarios related to transition planning. I really like the way you blend the “procedural facts” with the emotions of each of the key stakeholders. You capture reality so well.”
- Ann Turnbull, Co-Director,
Beach Center on Disability,
University of Kansas
DVD: Through the Same Door: Inclusion Includes College
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$30 per copy, plus shipping.
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This DVD won the
2006 TASH Image Award for the Positive Portrayal of People with Disabilities.
This inspiring film documents the new movement of fully inclusive education by exploring one young man's desire for a life without boundaries.
As a high school student, Micah wanted the college experience, and he got it. See how it's done, learn how it works, and witness how Micah's journey challenges us all to reexamine what we believe possible.
||Note: DVD is captioned for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.
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Compact Disk (CD)
From Puddles to PRIDE : A mother's poems about her son, his disability, and her
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$10 per copy (plus shipping). Be sure to note which version of the CD you want (the price is the same for either one).
CD with Power Point (requires a PC with Power Point)
Audio CD only (no visuals)
Janice has recorded three of her poems on this CD with stunning original piano music written by Stefan Kukurugya, and powerful visuals, photos, and graphics.
This is a marvelous new addition to Janice's collection. The CD can be played at parent gatherings, professional trainings and workshops, to begin a meeting, or in the quiet of one's own home. The CD contains the three poems.
Camille Catlett (Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute) describes the poems:
The first poem, “Advice to Professionals Who Must Conference Cases,” delivers powerful statements on the importance of compassion in sharing news to families. It is a beautiful, moving plea to professionals to be compassionate with parents who come to tortuous meetings to hear updates about their children.
The second poem, “On Having to Give Bad News: A Tribute to Professionals,” honors the caring individuals who work with children with special needs and who have the capacity to pull parents from the blazing heat that threatens to melt their hopes and dreams. The third poem, “From puddles to PRIDE,” is a proclamation, shouted out on the streets of Chicago, at the first ever Disability Pride Parade on July 18, 2004. On that street, the author says, “there are no puddles of shame—only sunshine—and pride!” Experience this joyful event that will change the perspectives of those who participate and those who watch from the sidelines.
"This amazing CD features children and adults of all ages, abilities, and cultural backgrounds. The stories of these spirited individuals will invite professionals to see and support children and families in new ways. As you watch/listen to these three poems, prepare to have your heart and mind opened to tender, passionate, and wise messages from the soul of a parent.
"The CD is a powerful resource for preservice teachers and practitioners. It can support us in choreographing different ways of collaborating so families are empowered and professionals too."
And Mary Beth Doyle, PhD, St. Michael's College, VT, writes:
"This CD is simply beautiful. I have always enjoyed your writing, but with the slide show too, it is over the top!”
The Dance of Partnership: Why Do My Feet Hurt? Published in Young Exceptional Children (Winter, 2001) Volume 4, Number 2. This was Janice's keynote address given at the Division of Early Childhood's (DEC) Thirteenth Conference on Children with Special Needs, New Orleans, Nov. 20, 1997.
Working with Families: Rethinking Denial. Reprinted with permission from Young Exceptional Children, Vol. 5, Number 2.
Pieces of the Bye: The Importance of Preparing to Say Good Bye to Children and their Families. This link opens the Jan-March issue. Janice's article begins on page 9 and carries over to page 10. Published in Michigan Association Infant Health's The Infant Crier (Jan-March 2006, No. 111). (PDF)
Least Dangerous Assumption: Changing the Way We Think. Published in Everyone Together, Volume 1, Issue 2, Summer 2005.
the Dance of Reciprocity Alive (Leading Change,
New Doors: What’s New in Transition
(Michigan Transition Resources, CENMI)
The Power of Peer
Support: Making Inclusion Work in High School
Brief Amazing Moments of Inclusion: Self Determined
Athlete (Newsline, CENMI) (PDF)
A Word to Educational
Professionals About Parents, Transitions, Feelings, and Dreams
Janice's article begins on page 1 and carries over to the bottom of page 2. (Newsline, CENMI) (PDF)
"Be Careful What You Wish For ...": Five Reasons to be Concerned About the Assignment of Individual Paraprofessionals" Published in the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC)'s Online Journal, Vol. 37 No. 5, May/June 2005. (PDF)
to Professionals Who Must "Conference Cases"
Puddles to Pride
For more poems by Janice see It Matters: Lessons from my son
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