BOOK LAUNCH EVENT WITH BIANCA MARAIS

A discussion with Bianca Marais about Aaron's book, his writing process, and why he wrote the book.

In this interview, Bianca Marais, author of Hum if You Don't Know the Words and If You Want to Make God Laugh, interviewed Aaron about the release of his book, Thirteen Doors. This event served both as a launch for the book as well as a fundraiser for A Great Good Place for Books, a local indie bookstore in Oakland, CA. 

 

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NAVIGATING THE SPECTRUM WITH MICHELE PORTLOCK

Aaron is a husband and father of two, the youngest of which is autistic. Within his family's autism journey, Aaron learned what it can mean to truly advocate for your child. His family's experiences led him to write a book. Thirteen Doors is compelling, honest, and eye-opening. Together, Aaron and I discuss thoughts and ideas around the premise of his book. This is worth the listen. And Thirteen Doors is worth the read.

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BIG ABILITIES PODCAST WITH AMY NIELSON

I had a conservation last week with Aaron Wright, author of the award-winning book, Thirteen Doors.
Thirteen Doors is a memoir of his family’s quest toward and free and appropriate education for his daughter, diagnosed with autism at an early age.
Aaron’s ultimate goal is to create a national meaningful conversation about our most vulnerable students who often don’t have access to a suitable education.
Then, to take action to fix it.

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RIGHT IN FRONT OF MY FACE WITH SHANNON HULL

I’m thrilled and honored to host this week’s guest, Aaron Wright.  Aaron comes to the show today via a connection on Facebook.  Aaron’s family dealt with a big topic right in front of my face - navigating the public school system in an attempt to get an IEP for his autistic daughter.  Aaron is a hospital administrator turned author.  What started off as a sort of carthartic writing of his family’s experience with the Davis public education system turned into a creative non-fiction novel being released on January 26th called Thirteen Doors.  

 It is a gut-wrenching read, both honest and heartbreaking, but it enlightened me as I have two neurotypical children - I’ve never had to go through the process of trying to get an IEP so I didn’t understand what all it entailed.  I just had no idea that so many people close to me had gone through this hell trying to get their kids the services they so desperately need.

Aaron will explain what happened, but ultimately, reading this book allowed for an empathy I didn’t know I needed.  His honest story has allowed me to be more brave in my support of parents of kids with special needs and for that I am so grateful.  Introducing, Aaron Wright.

This book highlights that not only do parents have to now learn how to raise a child with a disability, but now also have to figure out how to navigate systems that are rigged against their child’s success.  Aaron wants the reader to know the systems they will deal with are not normal and not ok.  And that there is a community who will support them.   

Aaron’s story in Thirteen Doors is not one about autism - it’s about activism.  It’s more a rallying cry to parents to encouraging them and helping them understand what they’re potentially facing when and if a school district actively trying to block their efforts in getting an IEP.  

To me, more than anything, this story uncovers the truth about some districts in a way that might make people really uncomfortable.  I certainly was an am because I feel so ignorant to the struggles so many parents I know have gone through.  Armed with this book and this interview, I now hope I can be more supportive to my fellow parents who have to navigate this process.  Please buy Aaron’s book wherever you can - his lyrical prose is beautiful to read and this story absolutely starts a conversation that has got to happen with all parents, not just ones with neurodiverse children.  Aaron’s ultimate hope is to engage a national audience in a deep and meaningful conversation about our most vulnerable students and Aaron’s ultimate hope is to engage a national audience in a deep and meaningful conversation about our most vulnerable students and how they are losing their access to a suitable education and what can be done to change the system that is traumatizing children and their parents.

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ADVENTURES IN AUTISM WITH MEGAN CARRANZA

Today I’m chatting with autism dad and author, Aaron Wright. Aaron shares his journey with his daughter (who is now a teenager) and explains how their experience navigating SPED led him to write his book ‘Thirteen Doors’. Aaron talks about the difficulty he faced when trying to gain access to appropriate services for his daughter within their school system. That battle not only inspired his book, but it also turned him into fierce advocate, for his own daughter and for all vulnerable students. Aaron and I also talk about the importance of allies, the transformative journey of having a child on the spectrum, and why he isn’t a fan of labels. Aaron’s honestly is both refreshing and thought provoking. We had such a great conversation and I hope you enjoy listening! Connect with Aaron: IG: @authoraaronwright FB: Author Aaron Wright Website: https://www.authoraaronwright.com/ Sponsors: Audible audibletrial.com/adventuresinautism Connect with Megan: IG: @adventuresinautismpod FB: @Adventures In Autism Podcast Email: adventuresinautism2018@yahoo.com Enjoying the show? I would so appreciate your rating & review!

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THE SPECTRUM DAD PODCAST WITH FRED MARVEL

I am chatting with autism dad and author Aaron Wright. We talk about his daughters diagnosis and what inspires him to become such an amazing advocate and author of the book Thirteen Doors.

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MARKEISHA HALL

Markeisha Hall empowers special needs parents by eliminating the barriers and overwhelm of raising a child with special needs by partnering with you to gain the tools needed to lead your child’s educational journey, master the IEP process, and experience inclusive recreational activities. So that you can enjoy more time with their child, not go down the internet rabbit hole, and be the expert they already are. You are faced with information overload once your child is diagnosed with a disability which leads to stress, frustration, and a fear of their child being left out. By turning the technical into practical we will talk about all the things from diagnosis to daily living so that your seat at the IEP table is not left empty and you can help prepare your child for further education, future employment, and independent living. Understanding your child’s diagnosis, the value of your role in the IEP process, getting a grasp on all of the techie terms used in special education will help make sure your voice is heard. Markeisha’s wealth of professional experience as a Special Education Teacher, mastery of the IEP process, and first-hand experience as a special needs parent has established her as the expert to provide a highly impactful experience, valuable training, and emotional support partner via her signature programs for parents of children with special needs.

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THE UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES OF THE IDEA

Published in The Mighty, Aaron explored the limits within special education

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COMMENTARY: THE PRIVILEGE OF DAVIS

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CAUGHT IN THE MIDDLE: WHATEVER HAPPENED TO THE INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES EDUCATION ACT?

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NAVIGATING THE LIMITS OF SPECIAL EDUCATION

Published in The Mighty, Aaron explored the limitations of special education in public schools.

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AUTISTIC GIRLS SHOULD HAVE EQUAL ACCESS TO EDUCATION, SAFETY AND SUCCESS

Published in The Mighty, Aaron discussed the issues that disabled girls face in education.

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GOODREADS REVIEWS

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A REVIEW OF DAISY HAS AUTISM: IN 2020, A COMMITMENT TO STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES!

Nancy Bailey's review of Daisy Has Autism.

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REVIEW: DAISY HAS AUTISM

5 star review of Daisy Has Autism by Jordan Garafola, (Instagram: @readwithwine)

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AUTISM AWARENESS

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IRDA WINNING AUTHOR AARON WRIGHT: “I BELIEVE THE CORE OF THIS STORY IS UNIVERSAL TO THE HUMAN EXPERIENCE.”

An interview with IRDA after winning 2nd place in Nonfiction.

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DAISY HAS AUTISM

IRDA's 5 star review of Daisy Has Autism.