ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, N.J. — An Englewood Cliffs mother of three is donating proceeds from her newly-published book on parenting and special needs children to a charity that also supports the cause.
Lilian Grinsberg self published “I, You, and Us: Living with a Special-Needs Family on the Journey to Self-Discovery.”
She wanted to share her personal experiences of raising three children — two who have special needs — and expand her blog to benefit Camp Acorn in Allendale.
"The most difficult part was how to organize the little essays,” she said.
The story is broken into three sections. The first section is a discussion of her experiences growing into adulthood and of her son Eric, who has cerebral palsy.
“I thought it was the worst thing that could happen," Grinsberg said, "but then I realized it made me who I am today."
Grinsberg has one son, Josh, with no special needs and another, Ian, who has autism.
“The middle chapter discusses people’s misperceptions — even my own," the author said. "There are many times I caught myself when I didn’t recognize that someone has special needs."
The last section focuses on where communities are going today.
Ginsberg sought help from her husband, Andy, who has been very supportive through raising their family. Andrea Jackson, an awareness teacher from Colorado has also been supporting Ginsberg.
The author illustrated the cover and — which took five years to complete.
In giving back, she hopes to see Camp Acorn fulfill its plans to offer services for adults with special needs.
Next, she is considering a children’s book. Though it may not discuss special needs, Ginsberg said she wants to write a piece about overcoming obstacles.
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