San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Rachel Simon’s sister Beth lives independently with the support of a service provider. When Rachel reconnected with her sister through Beth’s favorite pastime of riding city buses, she found herself struggling to understand a system that had never reached out to her, and that viewed an individual’s family as parents, not siblings.
This entertaining and honest presentation is illustrated by family photos and relevant images from the movie Riding The Bus With My Sister. Rachel will talk about how she did and didn’t feel welcomed into the world of the professionals, why siblings need to be acknowledged in an ongoing way, and how service providers can form more effective partnerships with families. Rachel will also discuss changes she made in herself so visits with her sister became more positive and loving.
About Rachel Simon
Rachel Simon is the award-winning author of six books and a nationally-recognized public speaker on issues related to diversity and disability. Her titles include the bestsellers The Story of Beautiful Girl and Riding The Bus With My Sister. Both books are frequent selections of book clubs and school reading programs around the country. Rachel's work has been adapted for theater, NPR, the Lifetime Channel, and Hallmark Hall of Fame, whose adaptation of Riding The Bus With My Sister starred Rosie O' Donnell and Andie McDowell, and was directed by Anjelica Huston.
Rachel Simon's awards include The American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation and the U.S Department of Health and Human Services Tommy G. Thompson Recognition Award for Contributions to the Field of Disability.She has also received numerous creative writing fellowships. Rachel Simon writes full time and lives in Wilmington, Delaware.