Earle P. Martin, Jr. is grandfather to Charlie, a young man with autism. Charlie's diagnosis inspired Earle to become active in the autism community, and he remains active today. He believes in taking a positive, proactive approach to autism and hopes to help his grandson and others on the autism spectrum live full and rich lives, while still embracing the uniqueness that makes them who they are.
"Earle's understanding of, and respect for, his grandson is evident
throughout this book, and that is what makes it so special. The
book started as a personal message for Charlie, answering all the
questions his grandfather thought his grandson might ask, just in
case Earle would not be around when all of these questions arose.
Earle's sensitivity, humanity, and insight are evident in his
choice of topics to discuss and the wonderfully concrete, yet
comprehensive, answers he offers for some very complex questions. .
. . I am delighted that Earle has agreed to share his wisdom and
understanding so generously so that others might benefit from his
very important messages. . . . This contribution will help the
people with autism, the target audience. Parents, family members,
and other individuals will also find these humane insights to be
poignant, thought-provoking, and inspiring."
From the foreword by Gary Mesibov, PhD, Professor and Director of TEACCH, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill