Delia D. Samuel, Ph.D. Reveals Mother’s Story 'Against the Odds'

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New book tells author’s journey, extraordinary experiences as single mother caring for sons with autism

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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website, recent estimates in the United States show that about one in six, or about 15 per cent, of children aged 3 to 17 years have one or more developmental disabilities. This translates to one in 68 identified with Autism Spectrum Disorder. But what do these numbers really mean? In her newest book, author Delia D. Samuel, Ph.D. goes beyond the statistics to explore both the ugly and beautiful truths of caring for a loved one with special needs. Drawing from personal experience, she reveals informative and inspiring insights as to how to overcome "Against the Odds" (published by Trafford Publishing).

"Against the Odds" gives a recipe to parents and caregivers for dealing with the challenges that they face with raising children with autism – a recipe filled with love, humor and faith. Having had her own share of difficulties as a single black mother who struggled with the frustrations of parenting two boys with autism for nine years, the author does not solely write with her sons as inspirations. She empathizes with parents, caregivers and loved ones and encourages them to instead break the mold and embrace the challenge that life presents to them with firm self-belief and conviction.

In this book, she gives voice to her inner conflict, details her journey with her sons and presents strategies that have helped her to cope and find inner peace. The author offers parents and caregivers the motivational and tactical tools they need to not only survive but, most importantly, make the journey worthwhile. It also targets medical professionals, educators as well as any person or organization coming into contact with individuals with autism, and anyone who wants to become more autism-aware and learn more about this disorder that is quickly growing to epidemic proportions.

A gentle read written with easy-to-read, jargon-free language, "Against the Odds" guides readers to move from a state of anger and despair to a place of acceptance and joy.

“Against the Odds”
By Delia D. Samuel, Ph.D.
Hardcover | 6x9in | 180 pages | ISBN 9781490766812
Softcover | 6x9in | 180 pages | ISBN 9781490766805
E-Book | 180 pages | ISBN 9781490766829
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
Delia Samuel is the seventh of eight children and is originally from the Caribbean island of St. Lucia. She is a single parent. Samuel holds a Master of Philosophy degree in Computer Science from the University of the West Indies, a Master of Science degree in Mathematics and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Mathematics from the University of Minnesota. She is a mathematics professor and has taught mathematics for over 20 years at colleges and universities in St. Lucia and Minnesota. She lives with her two sons in Fridley.

Trafford Publishing, an Author Solutions, LLC, author services imprint, was the first publisher in the world to offer an “on-demand publishing service,” and has led the independent publishing revolution since its establishment in 1995. Trafford was also one of the earliest publishers to utilize the Internet for selling books. More than 10,000 authors from over 120 countries have utilized Trafford’s experience for self publishing their books. For more information about Trafford Publishing, or to publish your book today, call 1-888-232-4444 or visit

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