Having a child with a disability, whether physical or mental, is a daily challenge. Arise is a non profit organization that advocates for the individual and their families. The following is their mission statement:
ARISE’s mission is to work with people of all abilities to create a fair and
just community in which everyone can fully participate.
We embrace the guiding principles of independent living – that individuals
with disabilities have a right to dignity, personal responsibility, and
self-determination. ARISE offers advocacy and support services to people of all
ages with all types of disabilities.
I am very excited to be teaming up with Arise to extend this offer to all of the people who shared a part of their lives with the world via my book. The feedback that I have got from my readers have been overwheleming. Over and over I have been told that Sometimes The Wind Blows Sideways: Our Lives with a Special Needs Child has brought inspiration, laughter, tears, and joy to many people's lives. This night will be a way to say thank you and to connect everyone involved.