The link above leads you to a wonderful video about how a mother of a young daughter with a disability who reached out to the New York City ballet about setting up a dance workshop for children with disabilities so that they, too, could know what it feels like to be a ballerina. This really warmed my heart because when I was a tween/teenager I was part of a wheelchair ballet class for a couple of years. I would not have been a part of the class if it was not for my mother’s encouragement, but I ended up loving it. More importantly, it led to a life-long love of dance which carries over into my book. I want to thank mothers like my own and the one in this video who have always encouraged their children with disabilities to reach for the stars, live life to the fullest, and be proud of who they are. If you are a mother of a child with a disability who is hesitant to let go of the reigns a little bit so to speak I encourage you to read my book, let your child read my book, and let your child get involved in dance or some other activity that you think they will love. In the long run, encouraging your child to live life to the fullest with his or her disability will help you and your child in more ways than you can imagine.
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