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Kimberly Reeves & Ryan Cunningham

Talks/Lectures, Signing/Readings

"Raising Ryan: Living With Autism" chronicles and distills the complexities of autism from the perspective of a parent and her autistic son. Written with caring, loving humor, sadness, and experienced guidance, Raising Ryan equally benefits and relates to parents, families, and specialized professionals that care for and support spectrum children. Kimberly Reeves is a Professor of Biology at Whatcom Community College and contributing writer for Autism Parenting Magazine. A firm believer in the value and strength of community, Kimberly has served as a Board member of F.A.C.E.S. Northwest (Families for Autism Care, Education and Support), a local summer day camp for autistic children in Whatcom County, Washington, has worked closely with her local school district and assists with her sonís Special Olympics activities. She provides informational support to families processing an autism diagnosis or struggling to understand and navigate their rights and responsibilities as parent advocates and guardians. Ryan Cunningham, musician, computer tech, linguist extraordinaire, and Special Olympian, is participating in a post-secondary program to hone his independent living skills. In the past few years, Ryan has developed a keen sense of social justice, believing all peoples deserve equality and respect and hopes to publish childrenís book in the future.