Moving Forward: Reflections on Autism, Neurodiversity, Brain Surgery and Faith by Jacki Edry
Reviewed by Gloria Deutsch
Jacki Edry underwent brain surgery and has a child with autism and others with neurologically- based sensory and learning challenges.
And yet her book is full of optimism. It’s actually not a depressing read but an uplifting one. Thanks to her deep personal faith and her ability to see the half-full cup, she has produced a vivid account of her life – a difficult one by any standards.
New York-born Jacki made aliyah in 1988 after completing BA studies at Hampshire College. Although not then religious, she describes how an inner spark brought her to Israel. She met her husband, Avi, through the youth department where they both worked and they married in 1995. He was originally from Morocco and had been brought up as an observant Jew.
Her purpose in writing the book was mainly to help those parents who are faced with similar problems and who are looking for understanding and insights about raising children with disabilities.
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Moving Forward is a journey between the worlds of autism, neurodiversity, brain surgery recovery, and faith. It provides a rare glimpse into how sensory and neurological processing affect functioning and thought, through the eyes of a professional, parent, and woman who has experienced them firsthand.