.from 2 parents in Montreal…….
A Special Heart      Judy Zimlichman

Judy Zimlichman’s third child, Chaim, was born with Williams syndrome, and over the past thirty-nine years, she’s helped him conquer challenges and enjoy special times. While Chaim may face intellectual and physical challenges, he loves people-and they love him back.

Bad Animals; a father’s  accidental education in autism          Joel Yanofsky

Joel chronicles his struggle to enter his son’s world using the materials he knows best: self-help books, feel-good memoirs, and literary classics ranging from the Old Testament to Dr. Seuss, as well as knock-knock jokes, riddles, and puns—all the wacky routines Yanofsky calls schtick.

Raw and extremely well written

The Reason  I  Jump  Naoki Higadashanaoki 2

The inner voice of a 13 year old boy with autism.

Fall Down 7 Times, Get up 8 Naoki Higashidanaoki 1

Fall Down 7 Times Get Up 8: A Young Man’s Voice from the Silence of Autism is a book written in 2015 by Japanese author Naoki Higashida when he was between the ages of 18 and 22.

New Publications from  Our Way; (NJDC for the Jewish deaf)

  1. Halacha  concerning Jewish deaf & hard of hearing
  2. Practical Guide to the use of electronic hearing devices on Shabbos and Yom Tov; Part 1; Part 2
  3. Signs   a.  for the Seder   b. of tefillin    c. shabbat manual     d. for Shma       e.  for Sukkot    f. for Bar Mitzvah   g. lighting shabbat candles  h. of Shabbos  i.  blessings over food   j. over wine for shabbat      k. mourners saying at a shiva home/

New Books

  1. Create Cohousing Solutions; new Society Publishers
  2. Senior Cohousing;    New Society Publishers

Life, Animated, Film, DVDtjdn life

Owen loses speech, eye contact etc at the age of  3 and was diagnosed as autistic.
Years later, almost by accident, dad and Owen  start to communicate through Disney dialogue.
Owen had memorized lines from all of the Disney films he watched over and over again.
Many difficult years pass with great struggles.
However, through the tears and  challenges, Owen  manages to attend school, college program and eventually lives semi independently in his apartment and gets a job as an usher at a local  theatre.




The Dr. Lazer & Shayna Friedman Resource Library @ the DANI Centre

Dec 12, 2016; New Books

  1. Not Exactly As Planned; Linda Rosenbaum ;  Mesmerizing account of fetal alcohol syndrome as told through the story of her adopted son
  2. Uniquely Human; Barry Prizant, PhD  A different way of seeing autism
  3. Our Presence Has Roots; Janet Klees; The ongoing story of Deohaeko Support Network
  4. Wonder; R.J. Palacio; Born with a facial deformity……


December 5, 2016;  New Books;


  1. NeuroTribes; Steven Silberman;  The Legacy of Autism and the future of Neurodiversity
  2. Eruption to Hope; Jean Vanier;   (Creator of L’arche)
  3. Judaism & Disability;  Judith Abrams Z”L; Portrayals in Ancient Texts from the  Tanach through to Bavli


If you have any books, films, games or other relevant material, please consider contributing to the expansion of our library.

Films/DVDs available at

  • Praying with Lior; Ilana Trachtman
  • Monica & David; Alexandra Codina
  • Joseph and His Technicolor Dreamcoat; TAMIR,  (see Resource Guide for TAMIR, Ottawa)

Books written by parents and professionals

  • 10 Things Every Child With Autism Wishes You Knew; Ellen Notbohm
  • A Good Life; Al Etmanski
  • All My Lifes A Circle; Using the Tools; Circle, Maps and Paths; Mary Falvey, Marsha Forest, Jack Pearpoint, Richard Rosenberg
  • Autism Through the Life Span; The Eden Model; David Holmes
  • Beautiful Eyes; Paul Austin
  • Bittersweet Baby; Jolie Kanat
  • Breakthrough Parenting for Children with Special Needs; Judy Winter
  • Building Social Relationships; Scott Bellini, Ph.D.
  • Childhood Speech, Language & Listening Problems; Patricia McAleer Hamaguchi
  • Cushla and Her Books; Dorothy Butler
  • Feel Our Freedom; Community and Connections for People with Developmental Disabilities; Alisa Hauser Kraft and Jon Lowenstein
  • From Behind the Piano; Jack Pearpoint
  • From The Heart; Jayne D. B. Marsh
  • Heartaches & Handicaps; Irreverent Survival Manual for Parents; Gail Stigen
  • It’s so Much Work to be Your Friend; Richard Lavoie
  • If Your Child is Hyperactive, Inattentive, Impulsive, Distractible…; Stephen Garber, PH.D., Marianne Daniels Garber, PH.D. and Robin Freedman Spizman
  • Just Like Other Daughters; Colleen Faulkner
  • Kids Beyond Limits; Breakthrough Results for children with autism, Asperger’s, brain damage, ADHD and undiagnosed developmental delays; Anat Baniel
  • Knowing Jesse; Marianne Leone
  • Lessons from Jacob; Ellen Schwartz
  • Life in the Community; Steven Taylor, Robert Bogdan, Julie Ann Racino
  • Midor Ledor; Genetics and Genetic Diseases; Jewish Legal and Ethical Perspectives; Dr. Deena Zimmerman
  • My Special Brother; Rena Schiff
  • No Fighting, No Biting, No Screaming; How to make behaving positively possible for people with autism and other developmental diseases; Bo Hejlskov Elven
  • Now I See the Moon; Elaine Hall (Autism the Musical)
  • Paths; A workbook; Jack Pearpoint, John O’Brien, Marsha Forest
  • Planning for Real Life After School;  Gary Bunch, Kevin Finnegan, Jack Pearpoint
  • Safe and Secure; 6 Steps to creating a good life for people with disabilities; Al Etmanski
  • The Boy in the Moon; Ian Brown
  • The Broken and The Whole; Rabbi Charles S. Sherman
  • The Four Walls of My Freedom; Donna Thomson
  • The Inclusion Facilitator’s Guide; Cheryl M. Jorgensen, Mary C. Schuh, Jan Nisbet
  • The Company of Others; Stories of Belonging; Sandra Shields and David Campion
  • The Gateways Haggadah; Haggadah Using Pictorial Symbols; Rebecca Redner
  • The Parent to Parent Handbook; Betsy Santelli, Florene Stewart Poyadue, Jane Leora Young
  • The Path and Maps Handbook; Persons Centred Ways to Build Community; John O’Brien, Jack Pearpoint & Lynda Kahn
  • Waddie Welcome and the Beloved Community; Tom Kohler, Susan Earl
  • What Does Everybody Else Know that I Don’t; Michele Novitni, PH.D.
  • What’s Really Worth Doing and How to Do it<; Judith Snow
  • What’s Stopping You; Mark Nagler, Ph.D. Adam Nagler