Submissions wanted about parenting kids with disabilitites for an upcoming anthology to be published by PM Press (Winter, 2009).
“We are seeking submissions from a diverse group of parents raising special needs kids who feel marginalized by their subculture status (economics, lifestyle, orientation, religion/atheism) and underrepresented in print.
Got tips on how to stay sane during the IEP process when you don’t believe in the system to begin with? Felt you had to hide your radical political books when the Early Intervention Folks came over? Found yourself stuck in a mainstream world of special needs parenting that you don’t fit into?
Submit your stories to an upcoming anthology that features writing from parents in the know about what it’s like to raise “special needs” kids — with no sugar coating or the ‘you will dream new dreams’ kind of crap we’re subjected to by mainstream media. Unfortunately, we can’t pay, but all contributors will receive two copies of the book.
Topics we would like to see covered include (but are not limited to):
Experiences with helpful or clueless doctors
· How not to leave your politics at the door and still work the system
· Care providers and how they help us (when they show up)
Community support or lack thereof
· The asinine things people say to you
· Challenging people’s assumptions
Keeping yourself sane while caring for your kid’s needs
· The politics of inclusion
· Fighting city hall/demanding more access & services
· Kids with special needs growing older
Alternatives to group homes and institutions
· Politics behind professional care-giving
Alterative treatments: the good, the bad, or the rip-off
*Also, we’re seeking suggestions for good resources/services state-by-state or on the national level. Please send those to the email address listed below.
Send 2000 to 5000 word submissions by May 15th 2008 or questions to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Essays must be typed, double-spaced, and paginated. Please include your address, phone number, email address, and a short bio on the last page.
Editors: Yantra Bertelli, Jennifer Silverman and Sarah Talbot, who are parents of “special needs” kids.