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A book of stories for, by, and about fathers of children that experience disability. (And the women who love them.)

Although project didn't fund, wow what a ride! Project is not dead, I'll just be delivering it another way.  Visit the full project website at www.dadsofdisability.com

  • The book's title is Dads of Disability: Stories for, by, and about Fathers of Children that Experience Disability
  • Stories are written by me, other fathers, mothers, and others. The book includes some poetry and micro-stories. The focus is on specific situations, storytelling, and lessons seen through the eyes of or written for or through the filter of a father or male caregiver.
  • The book will help fathers feel less alone, spur conversations with peers, significant others, and families.
  • A $9 backer gets a PDF file. More rewards at right.
  • I have a marketing and product management background. The marketing plan and tactics are in place. Research into the need and desire for this book is complete.
  • Although the book is "for" Dads it is also for the Moms and women that love those Dads.
  • I am actively looking for essay and poem contributors! Read on...

The first concern should be about the child. And to best focus on the individual with a disability, fathers need to learn a lot. There are a lot of feelings to understand and process after diagnosis as well as throughout life's milestones.

Wouldn’t it be nice if dads had a source where they could read father-specific stories to learn that their feelings and experiences are shared with other fathers? That they are not alone?

What this book is about: This book is about specific situations and experiences told in such a way that new fathers, experienced fathers, and those that love and support them can learn.  Or maybe even provide family discussion topics. The book will contain micro-stories, essays from ~500 to ~2500 words, and a few poems from the poetry contest judged by poet and author Marly Youmans

Keep and eye on the main project page to learn more about how the topics are shaping up.

What this book isn't about:  This book is not a full-length, first-person inspirational narrative about a particular individual or family or a specific disability. There are a lot of great books like that already out there! It is not a practical handbook about services and systems. It isn’t a gripe session about the way the world should be. It isn’t a reference book.

Is this book for women too? Yes. This book is for men, but it is also for women who would like to read about male perspectives and gain additional insights into understanding and communicating with the dads and male caregivers in their lives.

The content usually delivered by support systems for families like ours rarely addresses fathers in very much detail--or at all. One only need look at most blogs and books to see the majority of support content is targeted at moms and females. This book attempts to address that shortcoming.

What will the funds raised be used for? The funding will be used to locate and pay stipends to essay and poem contributors, to complete the editing and production of the book and ebooks including design, getting files ready, and the expenses incurred in self publishing.

The financial target for this Kickstarter project is conservative -- $15K will not cover the full costs of creating and marketing this whole project. My hope is that you’ll share this project far and wide and we can exceed the conservative target.

Story submissions are still open.You can learn about the themes and desired approach and the submission guidelines here. While I seek all fathers (and their supporters) stories, I urge fathers of color, older dads, military dads, dads who have disabilities themselves--basically a wide range of fathers whose child of any age experiences a disability--to submit an essay or idea.

Hi.  I'm Gary. Darned pleased to meet you.  In different phases of my life I have been variously known as a son, musician, a special needs camp counselor, a computer dude, a tech writer, a product and marketing manager, and an entrepreneur.  But my most important and rewarding and enduring role is as a Dad.

You can learn more about me on my Kickstarter bio, check out my marketing site at www.garydietz.com and of course at the www.dadsofdisability.com web site. I'm a hardworking optimist. My goal in this project is to help other dads, and if I am lucky, not end up in the hole -- or maybe even with a few extra bucks -- after the project is complete.

Casey Silvestri is a recently graduated high school student, and soon to be college student in an animation program.  Casey graduated the same high school as I did exactly 30 years after me. I happen to think she is going to be famous.  You should make offers on the rewards of her artwork from the Kickstarter video and get in on the ground floor!

I wrote the script and and recorded the voiceovers. Casey created the animation.  We worked together to edit and critique and it was very much a collaboration.  She was very fun to work with.

Please note:  This project is a book and a website.  This is not a movie or animation project. At this point, the animation is only for the marketing of this Kickstarter project.

Those that think that this book will minimize individuals with disabilities, people-first language critics who may object to the title, those who question the project's "dad focus", those who were troubled by the intro video subjects and approach, and other naysayers please read main project’s website's FAQ and submission guidelines FAQ. Or maybe submit an essay yourself. This book won't be perfect, but it will attempt to empower all constituencies even though it is focused on dads.

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

- Sourcing an appropriate number of contributors to make as varied a collection as I envision is a challenge. I have already found a number of contributors with very little publicity and prior to the Kickstarter launch. I think this challenge can be overcome, but is a challenge nonetheless.

- Obtaining as diverse a set of fathers (race and background) and their children's disabilities as I envision. At this point (late June 2013) the contributing authors tend to mostly be Caucasian and the disabilities mostly are intellectual challenges. Even if I can't extend the diversity, I think it will still be a great book. My vision is to make it a very diverse book. Spread the word to authors of many backgrounds!

- Contributors must certify that their work is original, that they have the ability rights to assign rights, and that they are willing to be edited. This book will not do any disparaging of anyone. I'll be careful to make anonymous or change names and locations for any stories that seem to need that. I certainly hope neither of these things will be an issue. However, as I am working in in the good old US of A, someone can sue for anything.

- As with any publishing project, schedule is always a risk. I have targeted completion on or before the end of March 2014. I've been hustling full-time on this project for a while now. However, my schedule leaves plenty of time to hit a March 2014 publication date, even if this project shifts to nights and weekend work only. Should there be any unforeseen slip of schedule, I will notify backers with plenty of notice and specificity!

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