My name is Cynthia : I’m more than special needs
is written by Cynthia’s mother Sally Birch, from her daughter’s perspective. The book chronicles Cynthia’s life starting from birth, on to preschool years where some signs of developmental disability began to show, then through school years and the hardships that came with being different --having to ride on a “short bus,” not being allowed to participate in the same activities as other children-- and finally through adulthood. This is an engrossing book by a Kalamazoo author -- a quick read that you won't put down once you start. The epilogue about what life could have been like had Cynthia’s life not been defined by disability, written from combined mom and daughter’s perspective, made me tear up.