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The Federation is pleased to announce its associations with the "World's Biggest Bookstore" and Disability Books. As an Associate, the Federation is eligible to receive a percentage of all sales registered by and when the buyer links through our website!


The Empowered ParentThe Empowered Parent: Thinking about Your Child's Disability is a different kind of parenting book. It does not offer a new theory, nor does it presume to provide all the answers. Written for parents who are faced with a child's disability, it is a slim guide that distills complex topics and questions into understandable and manageable maps for action. It quickly and succinctly gives readers what they are looking for-a guide to empowerment for parents who are overwhelmed, for couples who are struggling, for families who have lost their bearings. The purpose of this book is to help parents overcome the mental and emotional barriers that paralyze them from being the effective advocates that their children need them to be. Purchase Book Now


The Behavior CodeThe Behavior Code: A Practical Guide to Understanding and Teaching the Most Challenging Students Based on a collaboration dating back nearly a decade, the authors a behavioral analyst and a child psychiatrist reveal their systematic approach for deciphering causes and patterns of difficult behaviors and how to match them with proven strategies for getting students back on track to learn. The Behavior Code includes user-friendly worksheets and other helpful resources. Purchase Book Now


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$4 from each book you purchase. In order for the Federation to receive its share of
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Managing a Special Needs Trust: A Guide for Trustees (DisABILITIESBOOKS, 2010) is written by a team of experienced attorneys led by Barbara Jackins. Attorney Jackins is a parent of an adult child with a developmental disability. Written in clear, understandable language for laypeople, the book is for parents, individuals with disabilities, family members, and advocates as well as for attorneys, financial planners, tax advisors, social workers, and educators-anyone who is managing a special needs trust and/or working with families on future planning for a family member with a disability. Purchase Book Now | More Info

Legal Planning for Special Needs in Massachusetts book coverReflections from a Different Journey: What Adults with Disabilities Wish All Parents Knew (McGraw-Hill, 2004; DisABILITIESBOOKS, 2011) Most parents of children with disabilities lack personal experience with adults with disabilities. Hearing from people who have lived the disability experience can provide all parents with essential information about the possibilities for their children. Reflections from a Different Journey includes 40 short essays by successful adults with disabilities focusing on what they wish someone had told their parents when they were growing up. It also includes a foreword by Marlee Matlin. Each eloquently written essay is an insightful source of wisdom, inspiration, and emotional support as well as a rare glimpse inside the lives and minds of people with many different disabilities - cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, autism, learning disabilities, deafness, blindness, mental illness, developmental disabilities, spina bifida, muscular dystrophy, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, congenital amputation, and chronic health conditions. Purchase Book Now | More Info

Legal Planning for Special Needs in Massachusetts book coverLegal Planning for Special Needs In Massachusetts: A Family Guide to SSI, Guardianship, and Estate Planning, (2010 Edition) In a relaxed, conversational style, Attorney Barbara D. Jackins explains the essential elements of SSI, guardianship, and estate planning when there is a child with a disability in the family. Don't live in Massachusetts? Then you can simply ignore the fine points about that state's guardianship laws and procedures. The rest of the book--her practical estate planning strategies and SSI pointers-- will get you on track no matter where you live. Purchase Book Now | More Info


Knowing Jessie book cover by Marianne LeoneKnowing Jesse: A Mother's Story of Grief, Grace,
and Everyday Bliss

By Marianne Leone
In her new book, “Knowing Jesse”, actress and screenwriter Marianne Leone details her son Jesse’s life and shares her insight on the challenges and benefits of raising a child with a disability. Jesse was born prematurely in 1987. As a result he developed cerebral palsy and Marianne and her husband, actor Chris Cooper became strong advocates not only for their son, but for all children with disabilities. Sadly, Jesse Cooper died from medical complications on January 3, 2005 at the age of 17.

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My Daughter, My Teacher: Mary Ann, Autistic in English
and Spanish

By Martha Ziegler
Martha Ziegler, founder and former Executive Director of the Federation for Children with Special Needs, has played a crucial role in creating the legislation and attitude changes that have considerably enhanced the opportunity for all children with disabilities to live a full life. In her efforts to achieve quality educational opportunities first for her daughter Mary Ann, Martha furthered a movement that would begin to change forever the life possibilities for children with disabilities in the United States and around the world. At the heart of all of Martha's advocacy is a vision of respect, dignity, love, and human rights for her daughter and all persons with disabilities. In “My Daughter, My Teacher: Mary Ann, Autistic in English and Spanish”, Martha Ziegler shares the experiences that have molded her prolific mark on the disability community.
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