This book chronicles the experience and spiritual journey of a mother of an autistic child, uncovering the myriad of difficulties that face autistic children and their parents. Told from the perspective of the mother, the book shows how, in fighting for the rights and best possible opportunities for the autistic child, the mother has turned a curse into a blessing.
The book will have resonance for parents of children with autism and other learning difficulties. It demonstrates that however difficult it is to bring up children with special needs, these difficulties are not insurmountable.
The book addresses issues beyond autism and motherhood, such as discrimination, opportunities and participation, purpose in life, etc. Therefore the readership is not confined to parents of autistic children. The book will provide good food for thought for anyone with an interest in people and life in general.
While there are books authored by parents of autistic children, they are mostly published overseas. The majority of these books aim at providing parents with tips on how to parent autistic children. Locally, there are a few books about the experience of parents of children with special needs but they are all written in Chinese.
The book is written in an accessible style and can easily appeal to the general reader.
The author is a teacher educator with the Faculty of Education at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. She holds a PhD from the University of Hong Kong and is a well-known English language teacher educator in Hong Kong. Internationally she is recognized for her work in second language writing within the field of TESOL (Teaching of English to Speakers of Other Languages).
"This is a personal journey of an unrelenting and loving mother who refused to surrender to fate … I saw myself reflected in many places in this book. I'm sure you will, too."
Dr Fernando Cheung Chiu Hung 張超雄博士
"This is ultimately a story of Hong Kong - studying hard, working hard, raising a family with a child with special needs, farewell to the colonial era, emigration, life in a foreign land and eventual return to the motherland. Icy and her son Tony emerge from this background in triumph."
Dr Louis Shih Tai Cho, JP 史泰祖醫生太平紳士
"… Icy did not allow herself to become a victim of fate. Instead she was able to rise above the difficulties in her life, turn them into a training ground, and witness the growth of her child as well as her own accomplishments as an educator."
Dr Kathy Lee Yuet Sheung 李月裳博士
"This is a story about how a life, cursed with the label autism, transformed from a little wild dog into an angel."
Ms Yolanda Wong 黃嚴麗慈女士
"Her book is about a road less traveled, a journey of discovery of what parenthood is and that an autistic child can be a gift from God."
Reverend Sek-wai Lo 羅錫為牧師