The Best They Can Be : The Wildwood Story

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The Best They Can Be: The Wildwood Story

This is a book about hope.

Facing what every parent fears, five mothers tell the stories of raising children with neurological impairments, the often frustrating and confusing group of disorders that include learning disabilities and autism. The women share their experience, their frustration, their strength and ultimately their hope, as they chronicle their families' passages through stages of denial, acceptance, determination and growth.

The Best They Can Be: The Wildwood Story takes you inside the day-to-day struggles of parents striving to understand and be understood by their children. Living with what other parents only dread, these women recount their tireless efforts to reach their children and do everything they can to get their children the support and services they need. It is a story that enlightens and a story that will inspire.

It is also the story of a remarkable organization. Wildwood Programs was founded by a group of desperate parents all facing these same challenges who decided that all was not being done for their kids. It is a testimony to the human spirit and the unwavering devotion of parents' love.

This book will inspire any parent but especially those overwhelmed with the same challenges that these mothers endure and have learned to persevere through with hope.

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Virginia Rossuck, along with a small group of desperate but intrepid parents, founded Wildwood programs in 1967. Starting with a makeshift classroom and a half-day summer camp, Wildwood has grown to offer a comprehensive continuum of services for people with neurologically-based disorders and is now a nationally and internationally recognized program of excellence with an annual budget that exceeds $15 million dollars. Despite a career as the organization’s executive director, a master’s degree in Special Education, an honorary doctorate and numerous accolades for her lifetime of service, Ginny remains, first and foremost, a devoted mother.

Katherine Cohen, in addition to being the mother of Michael, her 32 year-old son with a neurologically based disability, has been a special education professional for 23 years. She is an accomplished painter and has passionately fought for the rights and services of people with neurologically-based disabilities for the last 3 decades. She refers to her contribution to “The Best They can Be” as a love story and credits her journey in parenthood as a magical education in the art of learning to love unconditionally.

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"This resource will be of great value to parents, educators and others who provide services to people with disabilities." -- Dr. Willard R. Daggett, International Center for Leadership in Education

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