Author Shelley Rose Calls for Protection for Mentally Challenged Young Adults

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New compelling book presents the dangers that developmentally challenged individuals are exposed to.

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An article recently posted by Portland News Herald reveals how the limitations of legal protections leave parents helpless when it comes to taking care of their mentally challenged adult children. In line with this, author Shelley Rose shares the journey of a mother torn by the loss of her developmentally disadvantaged daughter. Told in a narrative form, Protecting The Mentally Challenged Young Adult exposes the dangers that can harm adults who, despite not being in their right frame of judgment, are given the freedom to make weak and unstable decisions in a grown-up world. Although the names have been changed to protect the identity of the real characters, this story is a true-to-life account.

The law lifts parental responsibility for anyone who turns eighteen years of age. This means that those who are in their legal age have the right to pursue any venture in their own choosing, as long as it fits within the confines of the law. Sadly, the same system applies when it comes to mentally challenged adults who obviously are not capable of making reasonable decisions – decisions which can not only pose a threat to others, but also to their own well-being. This is exactly what one mentally challenged adult went through, when she was influenced by a family who turns her against her own flesh and blood. Moving, it also reveals a mother’s plea to gain her daughter back and put an end to her suffering.

An inspiring literary masterpiece that will move readers to their core, Protecting The Mentally Challenged Young Adult will stir its readers’ emotions and give them insights on the importance of fighting for one’s own child – even if that child is already a grown adult.    

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About the Author

Shelley Rose became a Special Education Teacher and accomplished a lot as she got many compliments from the parents that saw the differences in their children. She was motivated by her daughter who is mentally challenged and who is perfectly normal looking who needed her to help her improve through the years. She graduated from Suffolk Community College and made the Dean’s list 3 times.

She has two children that she raised, a boy who is normal who is 5 years older than her daughter. She had to work 2 and 3 jobs to keep her life style because of no child support, so she became a Wedding Photographer (owned her own studio), owned a Flower Shop and she even worked in the restaurant business and more. It didn’t matter what she did so long as she could work her hours around her children and still make a living.

She is a pusher and accomplished a lot in her life and very proud of all she had done throughout the years. As the saying goes “don’t give up the ship” and keep pushing until one have succeeded, it’s a great feeling to have accomplished something that one can be proud of.

Protecting The Mentally Challenged Young Adult * by Shelley Rose
Trade Paperback; $12.99; 98 pages; 978-1-4797-8044-0
Trade Hardback; $15.99; 98 pages; 978-1-4797-8045-7
eBook; $3.99; 978-1-4797-8046-4

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