Local author’s book illuminates cultural awareness for special needs individuals

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In her newly published book, Set Apart: A Mother’s Steps to Peace, available through Westbow Press, local author Martha Griffin-Weis speaks for the special needs population.  By illuminating the need for cultural awareness, with a light hearted, storytelling style.  Ms. Griffin-Weis creates an entertaining and engaging story for anyone who has ever known and loved a special needs individual. Some Granby landmarks are mentioned in this heartwarming and inspirational real-life page turner as Set Apart draws the reader laughing and crying into the lives of a mother and son who struggled with the diagnosis of autism at a time when autism was not a household word.

When the main character, Maggie, notices her son Ben’s behavioral changes and suspects he has autism, she develops creative and often hilarious ways to manage and balance his needs and wellness. Her journey with Ben leads her to find great strength and true love.  She ultimately discovers that as the mother of a special needs child, she was set apart for a life changing purpose.

Throughout this charming tale, Martha Griffin-Weis shows with time, unwavering faith and determination, how two lives can intersect, transform and blossom into something extraordinary. This book has it all, small town flavor, lost love, female fortitude, insightful research and, above all, lighthearted humor regarding a sometimes overlooked population of incredibly lovable individuals. Inspirational and well researched, this emotional story offers compelling information about the autism epidemic affecting a generation.

Whether you have someone with autism in your family, or you know someone who does, or you are simply inspired by people who discover meaning and purpose in their lives, Set Apart: a Mother’s Steps to Peace will help you to forge a bond with a mother who overcame missteps and detours and found the path to peace in her life.

Martha earned her bachelor’s degree in English literature and communications from Denison University, and a master’s degree from the University of Bridgeport. A health care professional, she speaks publicly about mothering a son with autism, revealing the needs autism creates.