Onika Wants To Help: A True Story Promoting Inclusion and Self-Determination by Jo Meserve MachOnika Wants To Help: A True Story Promoting Inclusion and Self-Determination by Jo Meserve Mach

Onika Wants To Help: A True Story Promoting Inclusion and Self-Determination

byJo Meserve Mach, Vera Lynne Vera Lynne

Hardcover | January 6, 2017

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Onika Wants To Help was written by Jo Meserve Mach and Vera Lynne Stroup-Rentier with photography by Mary Birdsell.  It is a non-fiction picture book.

Onika is a teenager with intellectual disabilities. The construction of the Irente  Rainbow School allowed her to attend school and befriend children her age. This school changed her life! Opened in 2005, its name stands as a symbol for safety and hope. The colors in the rainbow symbolize the fullness of life.

In the 2015 publication celebrating the 10th Anniversary of the Irente Rainbow School, Mr. Elly Mntangi, Lushoto businessman, states:

Before the opening of Rainbow, the society was totally ignorant about these children. Parents were hiding their disabled children in their homes. Now the community has been made aware of their presence. Children with cognitive challenges can still acquire skills that will help them to manage their own lives in a significant extent.”

Onika’s story represents the importance of inclusion of individuals with disabilities.  She is a delightful young woman with much to offer her community.

Jo Meserve Mach, author and publisher, spent 36 years as an Occupational Therapist. She is very passionate about sharing the stories of children with special needs. Jo embraces the joy that individuals with disabilities bring to our communities through their unique gifts.Vera Lynne Stroup-Rentier, author, worked professionally in Earl...
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Title:Onika Wants To Help: A True Story Promoting Inclusion and Self-DeterminationFormat:HardcoverDimensions:40 pages, 8.5 × 8.5 × 0.25 inPublished:January 6, 2017Publisher:Finding My Way BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1944764410

ISBN - 13:9781944764418

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Stories are magic. Good stories change lives and cultures. "Finding My Way Books" are spectacular story resources that feature youth and adults living inclusive lives. Beautifully illustrated with photographs and delightfully presented for kids and adults alike. The teaching guides are thoughtful and doable. A great resource for every family and classroom. Jack Pearpoint Inclusion Press; Marsha Forest Centre