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When My Daughter With Disabilities Said She Wants to Be a Published Author

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As anyone who has followed my writing for any amount of time knows, we have long had our struggles with the public schools refusing to accommodate our children’s disabilities. Much of my more recent writing was to express this frustration to help raise awareness of the problem.

Since we decided to homeschool the children two years ago, I’ve mostly devoted my time to teaching and researching ways to further help my children at home. I’ve also become a writer for The Mighty, elaborating on certain aspects of what it’s like to live with disabilities.

My daughter Mariah has struggled with emotions related to living in an orphanage for the first four years of her life. She has also been incredibly frustrated by how she was treated while she was in public school. She felt singled out, different, and misunderstood.

I am so proud of her for wanting to write about her experiences. Owning your story is a huge part of the healing process. Mariah wants to “Be a famous author!” She has already written a lovely recounting from her point of view about her life prior to being adopted, what it was like during the process and after she came home.

Mariah plans to write more books about the other disabilities she lives with so children can gain a better understanding of their peers. Some of her plans for future book titles include:

“I Have Dyslexia!”

“My Legs Aren’t Broken, These Are AFOs”

“Kids Have Strokes, Too”

Please help by sharing her video so we can find a publisher who can help her reach her dream of becoming “a famous author!”

Here is a preview of her book about her adoption story.

This story was originally published on The Johnson Journals.

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Originally published: January 25, 2017
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