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Breaking Down Barriers: Youth With Physical Challenges (Youth with Special Needs)

by Joan Esherick

Fourteen-year-old Samantha Stevenson doesn't know what to do when Jenny, a girl who has cerebral palsy and uses a wheel chair, moves in next door. After a rocky start, however, the two teenagers become friends, and Jenny leads Samantha into a world she's never seen. Through Jenny, Samantha meets many other people--Tyrone, who is missing a leg; Allison, who lost the use of her arms and legs in a diving accident; Katie, who has spina bifida; and Ben, whose life will be shortened by muscular dystrophy. Samantha's five new friends all have different physical conditions, different abilities, and different ways of seeing their world, but each one teaches Samantha lessons she'll never forget. What causes physical disabilities and what is it like to live with physical challenges? Through the story of Samantha and Jenny, Breaking Down Barriers: Youth with Physical Challenges will teach you about several types of disabilities, their causes, and treatments. Along the way, you will not only learn about the struggles people with physical challenges face, but about the many ways that people with such challenges are living full, happy, and rewarding lives.

Guaranteed Rights: The Legislation That Protects Youth with Special Needs (Youth with Special Needs)

by Joan Esherick

From the Book jacket: A local modeling program denies thirteen-year-old Maria the chance to participate in its workshops. The reason? She uses a wheelchair. What should she do? The state of Alabama nearly pulls the plug on a disabled college student's medical support. Why? He was approaching his twenty-first birthday. Are there other avenues this teen can pursue? Employers reject nineteen-year-old Manuel's job application because he has a history of seizures, even though his seizures are completely controlled by medication and his last episode was more than five years ago. Can Manuel appeal? These cases reflect real teens in real circumstances. And all three represent how special needs legislation impacts youth with special needs. Youth with special needs want the chance to reach their potentials, despite the challenges they must overcome. Some face physical or medical challenges. Others have psychological or emotional disorders. Still others live in at-risk circumstances beyond their control. Some may even be in jail. American law affords all these young people certain rights and protections, regardless of their special needs. What are these rights? Where do they come from? Whom do they protect? Guaranteed Rights: The Legislation That Protects Youth with Special Needs will answer these and other questions. It examines the history, passage, and enforcement of special needs law as it relates to appropriate education, appropriate medical care, and equal access to jobs, public places, and services for all youth with special needs.

The Journey Toward Recovery: Youth with Brain Injury (Youth with Special Needs)

by Joan Esherick

Jerome pedaled down the mountain, his friends Tommy and Eric racing to catch up. The wide, flat path was made for smooth riding, but Jerome's mind wasn't on the trail. A sudden rustling in the brush ahead startled him out of his daydreaming. A dog darted out of the shrubs, then stopped dead in the trail. The next several seconds seemed to pass in slow motion. Jerome squeezed hard on the hand brakes, but it was too late. His front wheel collided with the animal; the dog yelped; and Jerome somersaulted over his handlebars. Tommy said later he would never forget how his friend flew through the air and collided head-on with the sycamore tree. Eric said he'd never forget the sickening thud the impact made. But what his friends would never forget, Jerome would never remember. In a brilliant white flash, Jerome's life as he knew it was gone. What do bikes, cars, scooters, sports, tumors, strokes, guns, and the shaking of babies all have in common? They all can cause brain injuries. Every twenty-one seconds, one person in the United States sustains a traumatic brain injury. In The Journey Toward Recovery: Youth with Brain Injury you will read about Jerome, one teen who finds his life changed forever in a split-second accident. Along the way, you will also learn about other forms of brain injury; how these injuries affect people's lives; and how schools, doctors, and lawmakers are helping youth with this form of special need.

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