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Title: An Accidental Advocate: A mother's journey with her exceptional son
Author: Kathryn Burke
ISBN: 978-1-926755-03-8
Publisher: Sextant Publishing, Edmonton, Alberta

Alpine Book Peddlers, 140-105 Bow Meadows Crescent, Canmore, Alberta T1W 2W8. Tel: 403-678-2280, 866-478-2280

Cost: $25 list price
Details: 207 pages, softcover, 6½ by 8½
Category: EDU026020  EDUCATION / Special  Education / Learning Disabilities BIO019000/BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Educators

Competitive Titles:

There are classic texts on learning disabilities (Overcoming Dyslexia by Sally Shaywitz) and memoirs about raising children with various disabilities, but no books (that we're aware of) about raising a child with learning disabilities and ADHD where the parent is also a recognized expert in the field.

Why this book is important:

1 in 10 people or 3.4 million Canadians live with learning disabilities. Books exist which detail how to identify and teach people with learning disabilities. Few books address the experience of advocating for a child with learning disabilities and its impact on a family. 

Multiple appearances on the non-fiction best seller list in limited release.

Submitted for multiple awards: Book Publishers Association (non-fiction and cover/interior design), Alberta Readers Choice Award, Alberta Literary Awards (non-fiction), Robert Kroetsch City of Edmonton Book Award, Foreward Magazine Award, Independent Book Publishers Award, Nautilis Award for Books Promoting Social Change (Memoir/Personal Journey)

About the Book and the Author: 

A health care consultant and administrator turned education advocate, Kathryn Burke is the parent of a son with learning disabilities and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. An Accidental Advocate chronicles the journey to identify her son's challenges and obtain the supports necessary to address his needs. Kathryn writes with candour about the steep learning curve and emotions that accompany being a child with exceptional needs, and her family's experience in dealing with the education and health systems.

Kathryn is the Executive Director of the Learning Disabilities Association of Alberta & founder of She frequently is interviewed for radio and television about special education. She is a popular conference speaker. 

Book Trailer:  Watch the trailer.
Select Reviews:  "Insightful and candid…written with humour and from the heart. An Accidental Advocate could serve as a roadmap for other parents of exceptional children." Lorrie Goegan, Past Chair, Learning Disabilities Association of Canada
  "…a compelling account of a family’s tortuous journey to find help for their son with dyslexia…It is also an inspiring story of how a family’s love, determination and faith in each other can give us hope for all children with special needs." Dr. Linda Siegel, Special Education, University of British Columbia
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Author Appearances:  See schedule.
Sell Sheet:  An Accidental Advocate Info Sheet Jan 2012