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LDExperience is pleased to annouce that orders for Kathryn Burke’s book, An Accidental Advocate, are now being shipped!

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 candor about the steep learning curve and emotions that accompany being a parent of a child with exceptional needs, and her family’s experiences in dealing with the education and health systems.

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An Accidental Advocate

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Praise for An Accidental Advocate

“Insightful and candid…written with humor and from the heart … An Accidental Advocate should serve as a roadmap for other parents of exceptional children.”

Lorrie Goegan, Chair – Learning Disabilities Association of Canada

“I laughed, I cried, I felt angry, I felt hopeless, and then I felt encouraged and full of hope. An Accidental Advocate is a compelling story.”

Kieran Leblanc, Executive Director, Book Publishers Association of Alberta

“An Accidental Advocate is a phenomenal read. Kathryn Burke’s relentless journey of advocacy for her son, chronicled in the book, will help professionals and those in the world of education see the ‘other side.’ It will also empower parents of children with exceptional needs to advocate in a collaborative manner.”

Lori Fankhanel, Founder and President – SPD Canada

“Every parent with a child who has learning challenges should read An Accidental Advocate. Kathryn’s story is both personal and inspiring as she describes her journey from the joys of new parenthood, through denial that her son was experiencing more than simply short-term challenges, to embracing her role as advocate, not only for her son, but the entire LD community.”

Michele Pentyliuk, President – Learning Disabilities Association of Alberta

“This is an insightful, focused and moving account of a mother’s journey through the perilous pathways and joys of parenting a child with exceptional abilities which are different from those expected of a “normal” child. So different, in fact, that they are generally labeled in terms of learning disabilities. Kathryn Burke found herself becoming an advocate, politician, writer, journalist, blogger, manager of expectations, fighter, imagineer, change agent and counsel to others in a way that she never expected. She does this work well, as all who know her know. This account is a handbook for those living through such an experience but is also a handbook for those who find themselves an accidental advocate, whatever the cause. You will laugh, cry and reflect – all a reader could ask for.”

Stephen Murgatroyd, PhD FBPsS FRSA, Chief Scout, Murgatroyd Communications & Consulting Inc

Kathryn Burke has written a sensitive, informative, heart-grabbing book that is a testament to the critical importance of advocacy in the face of systems that are too often so overloaded that they lose sight of their true mandate. This story of a family that refused to accept uncaring bureaucratic responses when it came to the education and development of a beautiful child impaired by disability will serve as an anchor, a sword and a shield for any family with a child whose abilities don’t follow the norm. Every parent will learn valuable lessons from this book, and parents of children with disabilities will be introduced to knowledge and insights that can help them turn failure into success.

Ms Burke’s fearless honesty about her own life journey and her commitment to seeking the best for her bright but exceptional son, is a roadmap that will encourage and inspire other parents. The book ends when her son, 15 and on his way to a successful adulthood, asks his mother “How have you coped with me?” Her answer brought tears to my eyes. It is a joy.

Fil Fraser, Broadcaster, Journalist, Television and Feature Film Producer, Human Rights Activist, Adjunct Professor of Communications Studies at Athabasca University