We’re excited for Emily Colson, whose memoir Dancing with Max has been awarded the 2011 Autism Society of America’s Outstanding Literary Work Award in the Family/Social category!
Dancing with Max: A Mother and Son Who Broke Free is the true story of Emily Colson and her austistic son Max. As a single parent of an autistic child, Emily has seen her share of challenges — but her life with Max has also shown her many valuable lessons and unexpected gifts.
A crucial moment came, Emily says, when Max was nine. His autism was so significant that they could barely leave the house. It was then that Emily decided she and Max could no longer be held captive by their circumstances; Emily decided they would live the next day big, bold, and brave. As Emily says in this video interview from Lifetime’s The Balancing Act, “This is a book for all of us, about breaking free … of the things that hold us hostage.”
You can read the first chapters of Dancing With Max for free on Scribd.
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