Book Signing and Presentation
Santa Maria Library
December 1st at 11:00am
“The importance of teaching self-advocacy as a life skill has proven valuable over the years raising a child with special needs,” says author Lori Ciccarelli Stotko, MPS, of “Myself, My Responsibility – tools to self-advocate” and mother to 29-year old JJ on the autism spectrum.
Join the Santa Maria Library at 421 S. McClelland St. on Saturday, 12/1st at 11:00 for a presentation by the author on her newly published book, “Myself, My Responsibility – tools to self-advocate.” This workbook is for all ages and abilities to inspire and encourage self-advocacy. The author, a former elementary school teacher and board member for the State Council on Developmental Disabilities, shares in the book a simple 4-step process she created to help her son apply his gifts and strengths to overcome challenges while communicating special needs effectively and respectfully.
In the book, the author has teamed up with her son JJ, the illustrator, to share life experiences and fun activities to overcome challenges for best possible outcomes. Together they want to make a difference and published this book in celebration of their 10-year anniversary documentary film release of “JJ’s Journey, a Journey about Autism” in 2008. As a gift, all who attend the library’s presentation on 12/1st will receive a complimentary copy of their documentary film DVD of “JJ’s Journey.”
“Myself, My Responsibility” is available on Amazon or may be purchased at the library’s event for the author’s signing. About the author Lori Ciccarelli Stotko, MPS, Founder and Certified Spiritual Director
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Everyone, regardless of the leadership context, will benefit from Lori’s teaching on emotional and spiritual development of leaders. She has done a master-full job of weaving the best from psychosocial-spiritual academic research with down-to-earth story narratives from her own and others’ redemptive journeys to illustrate just what transformational leadership looks like in our culture today for tomorrow.
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We recently invited Lori Ciccarelli Stotko to be the featured speaker at our women’s spring tea, and I have to say our women’s ministry team was so happy and impressed with Lori’s preparation, adherence to our theme, and passionate delivery of her message! Her deep love of God and His word absolutely shines through everything she says and does. Not only would I invite Lori back to speak at more events for our church, I have already recommended her to other churches in our area. This woman is a gem!
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– Gerald R Winslow, PhD, Loma Linda University Health – VP, Mission and Culture; Director, Institute for Health Policy and Leadership
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