Yantra Bertelli

Yantra Bertelli

Yantra Bertelli lives in Seattle, Washington with her partner and their blended, chaotic, and growing family. She has written for various periodicals and has been known to pen and staple a zine now and again. Her essays have appeared in Breeder: Real Life Stories from the New Generation of Mothers, and The Essential Hip Mama: Writing From the Cutting Edge Of Parenting. During the last few years she has spent her days in the classroom and her nights dreaming of curriculum modifications.

My Baby Rides the Short Bus: The Unabashedly Human Experience of Raising Kids with Disabilities

My Baby Rides the Short Bus: The Unabashedly Human Experience of Raising Kids with Disabilities

SKU: 9781604861099
Editors: Yantra Bertelli, Jennifer Silverman, Sarah Talbot
Publisher: PM Press
ISBN: 9781604861099
Published: 10/2009
Format: Paperback, mobi, ePub, PDF
Page count: 336
Size: 6 x 9
Subjects: Childrens, Parenting


“This is a collection of beautifully written stories, incredibly open and well articulated, complicated and diverse: about human rights and human emotions. About love, and difficulties; informative and supportive. Wise, non-conformist, and absolutely punk rock!” —China Martens, author of The Future Generation: The Zine-Book for Subculture Parents, Kids, Friends and Others

“If only that lady in the grocery store and all of those other so-called parenting experts would read this book! These true-life tales by mothers and fathers raising kids with ‘special needs’ on the outer fringes of mainstream America are by turns empowering, heartbreaking, inspiring, maddening, and even humorous. Readers will be moved by the bold honesty of these voices, and by the fierce love and determination that rings throughout. This book is a vital addition to the public discourse on disability.” —Suzanne Kamata, editor of Love You to Pieces: Creative Writers on Raising a Child with Special Needs

“This is the most important book I’ve read in years. Whether you are subject or ally, My Baby Rides the Short Bus will open you–with its truth, humanity, and poetry. Lucky you to have found it. Now stick it in your heart.” —Ariel Gore, founding editor of Hip Mama

“Disability is a uniquely humbling and equal experience, sometimes expected, often striking without warning. These parents are honest about both the distressing and illuminating facts of their lives; the stories are caustic, exhilarating, fierce, funny, harrowing. Yet despite the intricate and often overwhelming challenges they face, these parents and children never succumb to maudlin stereotypes, because, as one contributor learns, ‘it isn’t saintly to take care of someone you love.'” —Bee Lavender, author of Lessons in Taxidermy: A Compendium of Safety and Danger

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