My Name Is Colin: ...and This Is Who I Am

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AuthorHouse, 2010 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 24 pages
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Colin is a kid born with Down syndrome. He is not the Down syndrome kid. In My Name is Colin...and this is who I am, author, Brian A. Beale writes about the all-important topic of people-first language and the significant impact our words have on others. He shows us that people with disabilities are so much more than just their diagnoses. They are people first and foremost and by simply being more aware and choosing to use people-first language, we can all become more sensitive and respectful to individuals with disabilities and their families. As a follow-up to his first children's book, Colin Gets a Chance, Brian A. Beale again raises up his son, Colin, as he continues his mission to promote and honor individuals with Down syndrome and other disabilities. This time, he's chosen a subject of extreme importance to individuals with disabilities and those closest to them. People-first language is a new way of thinking that leads to a new way of talking about people with disabilities. It's such an easy, yet powerful, tool we can all use to show respect for everyone with a disability, recognizing all the wonderful things they can do. My Name is Colin...and this is who I am will get you thinking differently when referring to individuals with special needs. It provides a unique approach to parents and teachers in opening-up the lines of communication with their children regarding people-first language. As with Colin Gets a Chance, all the illustrations in My Name is Colin...and this is who I am were done by individuals with Down syndrome, truly exemplifying what they can do if just given a chance. Every inspiring illustration is a testament to the fact that these kids are so much more alike than different. They are so much more than their disability.
 

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Brian A. Beale is just a dad. He is a just a dad who, through life experiences, has developed a passion for promoting acceptance and inclusion of individuals who may appear to be different on the surface, but who are found to be so much more alike once given a chance. Brian's son, Colin, was born in 1998 with Down syndrome. From the day Colin was born, Brian and his wife, Mary, set-out on their crusade to turn this experience into a positive one. They founded the Lil' Bealsy Tee-Up for Down Syndrome, a non-profit organization that serves to increase awareness of Down syndrome while raising funds for groups and initiatives supporting individuals with special needs. Brian always knew he wanted to do more. With an English degree and a love for writing in rhyming verse, he wrote his first children's book, Colin Gets a Chance. My Name is Colin...and this is who I am is the second book in Brian's Colin Series of books about acceptance and inclusion. Brian continues to open up the lines of communication between parents and teachers with their children regarding a highly sensitive and often very delicate subject of Down syndrome and disabilities in general. In keeping with the theme of Colin Gets a Chance, all illustrations in My Name is Colin...and this is who I am, including the book cover, were done by individuals with Down syndrome, truly exemplifying what they can do if just given a chance. Brian firmly believes they are the real stars of his books, and he considers himself fortunate to be along for the ride. Brian and Mary live in Springfield, Pennsylvania with Colin and their two daughters, Samantha and Chrissy. Colin's sisters not only teach him, but they continue to learn from him every day. Brian's hope is through his book, My Name is Colin...and this is who I am, many other children will learn the same.

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