This book is a compilation of true stories highlighting experiences of teenagers with disabilities in an urban high school…Jessica, thought she could conceive when already pregnant; Shirley, haunted by an abortion; Bill, homeless and addicted to drugs; Matt, felt “unwanted”; Wang, so disturbed he wanted to join his deceased mother; Paul, scarred physically and emotionally that he reacted like a volcano; Patrick, desired to be Patricia; Singh, Anyango, and Peggy, victims of brutal bullying; Abel, consumed and sold drugs; Parker, smoked marijuana with his uncle; Shirley, rejected by those she thought loved her. Depicted are supportive parents and those who enabled their children’s inappropriate behaviors. Also described are students who inspired the author during times of desperation and those who reignited her hope in her many troubled students. The conclusion outlines crucial information and data that pertain to children with disabilities - special education, homelessness, teen pregnancy, parental involvement, etc.
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