Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) February 7, 2006
Parents of children who have Rett Syndrome, Downs Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Muscular Dystrophy, Tourette's, autism and other disorders are human beings not machines. They don't have bird flu either. A new book by Kim Greenblatt: "Your Daughter Has Been Diagnosed With Rett Syndrome" is now available thru major book retailers.
"People tend to treat special needs individuals as if they have the bubonic plague or bird flu or are machines," states Kim Greenblatt, author of "Your Daughter Has Been Diagnosed With Rett Syndrome."
"We just want to be treated like everybody else and where appropriate, get some help for whatever situation we are in depending on our children's condition. We are just like every other mom and dad out there."
"Our childrens' conditions are not contagious. You can come over and ask us questions (politely) about our kids and we are usually pretty thick skinned. We do get tired," Greenblatt laughs.
Special needs discrimination may be down but there is still a subtle bias against people with disabilities and their caregivers. "That is also a bad marketing decision," Greenblatt adds. "There is a huge untapped market for businesses as some people have discovered for helping special needs individuals, their parents and caregivers. We love anything that can make our quality of life better, simpler and more enjoyable."
Parents of special needs people are usually the first group of people to understand and be sympathetic to human suffering. "And the first to get a sense of humor to cope with life over it as well."
Don't be afraid of coming over and helping or talking. "Our genetic make-up doesn't leap over off of our bodies and instantly change people. We won't turn you into a machine or a monster and we don't have cooties."
"Well, maybe I do sometimes," jokes Kim.
Kim Greenblatt is the author of "Your Daughter Has Been Diagnosed With Rett Syndrome." A great book that deals with reactions and coping over a Rett diagnosis. His daughter, Arianna, has Rett Syndrome. The book's lessons apply to parents, caregivers, educators, librarians and medical professionals who are interested in learing how to cope with a special needs diagnosis. The author is available for interviews and television appearances.
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The author, Kim Isaac Greenblatt, lives with his wife, Sharren, son Jacob and daughter, Arianna. Arianna has Rett Syndrome.