Engaging ideas, transforming minds
Engaging ideas, transforming minds

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Canadian Scholars
272 pages
6 x 9 inches
October 2005
Print ISBN: 9781894549424


Battle Cries: Justice for Kids with Special Needs is a call to action on behalf of disabled children and their families. Voices of mothers and fathers speak to the joys and challenges they confront in raising their children in a climate of scarce resources.

Author Miriam Edelson lays out a clear and thorough map of the current services and supports available to disabled children and their parents in Canada, followed by a discussion of the various impediments these families face in the effort to achieve true inclusion in society. She explores the challenging lives of families with disabled children in various Canadian locations.

Through interviews and insightful commentary based on Edelson's research and her own personal experience, a picture emerges of the woefully inadequate resources devoted to these families. And yet, this is a hopeful book that, drawing on the current Swedish model of care, provides signposts for a course of action that seeks to improve the lives of these children and their families.

Table of Contents


Part I: Mapping the Terrain
Chapter One: Meeting the Main Characters: A Collection of Snapshots
Chapter Two: Services and Supports
Chapter Three: Margins and Resistance
Chapter Four: Embracing the Social Model of Disability
Chapter Five: Family Relationships, Faith and Community
Chapter Six: Respite Care and Citizen Engagement

Part II: Portraits: The Power of Narrative
Chapter Seven: Mary Ellen and Jeremy
Chapter Eight: Sharon and Shannon
Chapter Nine: Lillian and Oliver
Chapter Ten: Mathieu, Aude Catherine and Vincent
Chapter Eleven: Colleen and Johnny
Chapter Twelve: Julien and Simon
Chapter Thirteen: Cheryl and Enosh
Chapter Fourteen: Sweden's Approach: A Humane Model of Care
Reflections: Drawing Some Conclusion
Some Tips about Advocacy: Finding Services and Getting Support

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