Reviews

“A strength of these two books is that they were not written for any specific disability, culture, or diversity group. Rather, they have been written for everybody and can be easily adapted to purpose. Furthermore, they have been written in plain, easy-to-read language.” (BC Workink)

Excerpts from reviews of Connecting Kids:

“Seriously packed with amazing wisdom, resources and activities!”” (Kathy Whittam, Education Matters)

An invaluable and practical guidebook for anyone seeking to build community and connections between children of different ages, abilities and cultures…A key resource for anyone seeking to strengthen a circle of friends.” (Inclusive Solutions)

“We are very pleased with this book and its objectives.” (End Youth Violence)

“Recommended for all leaders and teachers. Connecting kids should be in all school library professional collections and all public libraries.” (BC Teachers Federation)

“A bonus for anyone working with children. It is an excellent resource for the classroom and contains may ideas which should be shared with parents.” (Resource Links)

“Demonstrates how to guide children from various backgrounds in exploring and celebrating differences, including culture, lifestyle, religion, and physical ability, to name a few. Lists ways to build an inclusive culture in order to reduce bullying, exclusion, and violence.” (Redleaf Press)

“An informative, inspirational, practical, and thoroughly fun resource manual for everyone involved in guiding children. Works well in day camps.” (American Camping Association)

“We want you to know that we love it! We work with a very diverse population and Connecting Kids always has ideas for effective activities.” (Valerie Mayes, Edmonton Parks and Recreation)

“A gift, a surprise, and something that enhances our world, and encourages loving relationships – my four most favorite things. I know two other people from our church are using the book at Girl Guides and our Sunday Program.” (Cathy Bone, United Church Minister)

“A comprehensive, “friendly” book to read.” (Jill Fitzell, Westcoast Child Care Resource Centre)

“Linda offers a rich assortment of adaptable and fun activities for anyone who spends time with kids. A positive and inspiring resource.” (Volume One Book Store)

“A unique compendium of games and activities for children that foster connecting skills to bridge differences.”(The Anger Management Counselling Practice)

“An excellent resource for preventing violence by promoting fun in today’s culturally diverse schools and communities.” (Green Teacher)

Excerpts from reviews of Discovering Connections:

“Beautifully designed and illustrated, this passport to inclusive communities is filled with information, ideas, creative activities and new experiences for everyone.” (Our Kids)

“One of the best resources for establishing and enhancing relationships amongst people with disabilities and their communities.” (Rehabilitation Program at Grant MacEwan Community College, Edmonton, Alberta)

“This workbook could help to initiate countless friendships in community organizations, or serve equally well in planning activities for residents of retirement communities…I can imagine the text being used in college, as well, particularly in the Education or Counseling disciplines.” (Dona Avery, Arizona State University)

“This guide book to the fun of bridging disability differences is an excellent peer support resource.” (Independent Living Institute)

“I wish I had a book like it when I taught peer support and skills training groups. It would at the very least have been a good beginning teaching tool and probably more.” (Steven Brown, Institute on Disability Culture)

“An invaluable tool for providing counselors and other social service providers a framework for bridging disability differences.” (William Crunk, Journal of Religion, Disability and Health)

“An engaging book that promotes relationships using the “learn-by-doing” method. Working through the exercises requires commitment and certainly won’t be boring!…Working through Discovering Connections reminded me of a Chinese proverb… ‘Tell me and I’ll forget, show me and I may remember. Involve me and I’ll understand’.” (Nancy Dorries, Canadian Centre on Disability Studies)

“In a field where great ideas abound but few practical guides exist, this book was a refreshing change…Discovering Connection would lend itself well to any program of which the intent is to foster friendships. “(Community Professional Journal)

“Perfect for our beginning practice course. This book would also be useful for the associations and agencies that support persons with disabilities as a resource for their staff in learning about inclusion and discovering connections that make sense”. (J. Cony, Instructor, Community Support Worker Program, Camosun College, Victoria, BC, October 1998)

“I love the graphics and the layout, which is instantly understandable. The philosophy is simple, clear, and powerful.” (M. Odey, disAbilities Diploma Coordinator, Hamilton, New Zealand, April 1998)

“I especially liked the activities that focused on exploring, and indeed celebrating, diversity. . . a valuable resource.” (D. Young, Bridges, Fall 1998)

“A book that spans all nations – truly connects and “builds bridges” wherever you might be. I am really impressed and quite moved.” (Vivian Hayle, Special Needs Coordinator, New South Wales, Australia, June, 1998).

“Offers such hope in changing people’s misconceptions about disabilities. . . This is an excellent tool to help people reach out, and to find ways to connect with each other, with personal and shared interests, and most importantly to their community.” (D. Ellery, CMHA Visions Magazine)

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