FROM THE HEARTS OF MUMS, BY JULIE FISHER
From the Hearts of Mums tells 13 deeply personal stories from mums around the world who have children with Down syndrome. Each mum shares their journey from diagnosis to present day – the highs, the lows and everything in between, but with one common theme… absolute determination and all-consuming, unconditional love. From
the Hearts of Mums is being launched on World Down Syndrome Day, March 21. facebook.com/theunexpectedjourneybook
WHAT’S HAPPENING TO ELLIE AND TOM?
A great resource for parents to share with their children and tweens about the emotional and physical changes that puberty brings. With easy-to-follow language and positive, factual messaging, these simple picture books tell the story of Ellie and Tom as they enter puberty. They are ideal for autistic children or those with developmental delays and provide a perfect starting point for parents and carers to discuss things further. sensoryoasisforkids.com.au
FOREVER BOY, BY KATE SWENSON
Kate Swenson is the creator of ‘Finding Cooper’s Voice’ Facebook page. In her powerful memoir about motherhood and unconditional love, Kate shares the story of her non-verbal autistic son, Cooper. But mostly, it is a story about her own evolution. Through hard work, resilience, and personal growth, Kate comes to learn that Cooper isn’t the one who needs to change… she is. is. And it is this transformation that leads Kate to acceptance, and ultimately, joy. amazon.com
SUMMER FOUNDATION’S NDIS PODCAST
Finding the NDIS a tad difficult to navigate? You’re not on your own there! Hosted by Dr George Taleporos, the Summer Foundation’s Reasonable and Necessary: Making Sense of the NDIS podcast aims to simplify the NDIS for participants and their families. Episodes cover a variety of topics including NDIS fraud and dodgy providers — tips to protect your plan, what to do if you are unhappy with your NDIS services and what NDIS participants really need from their support workers. You can watch on the website or listen via iTunes or Spotify. summerfoundation.org.au
BETTER DATE THAN NEVER
Have you caught Better Date Than Never yet? From the creators of Love on the Spectrum, the ABC’s Better Date Than Never follows the dating endeavours of people with diverse abilities, sexualities and backgrounds as they search for love. Get the tissues ready for those happy tears, this is feel-good TV at its best.