Childhood Disabilities Parent Advocate Christine Staple Ebanks Releases New Book Virtually, I’m Just Like You But Different: A story about living with cerebral palsy

Somerset, New Jersey, United States, October 14, 2020.  “I’m just like you but different: A story about living with cerebral palsy” was recently released by author Christine Staple Ebanks during a virtual book launch event online at YouTube on October 6, 2020. The book launch was scheduled to mark World Cerebral Palsy Day. Mrs. Christine Staple-Ebanks is a childhood disability parent advocate and founder of the Nathan Ebanks Foundation, a non-profit organization that works for the participation, inclusion and empowerment of children with disabilities and their families..

Welcome and greetings were brought by Ms. Nicole Bailey representing Mrs. Alsion Roach-Wilson, O.D., Consul General of Jamaica to New York.  Mrs. Rosalee Gage-Grey, Chief Executive Officer for the Child Protection and Family Services (CPFSA) in Jamaica; Dr. Karren Dunkley, the highly esteemed educator and President of the Jamaica Diaspora for the Northeast USA; Mrs. Beverly Leblanc, Executive Director, Achievement Learning Centre, Dominica; and Mr. Ricardo Young also known as Cario Young, Sergeant in charge of Product Development and Marketing for the Jamaica Fire Brigade Service brought greetings from their organisations. The event was hosted by Ms. Elaine Wint, Broadcaster and Self Leader Coach.

Speaking as witnesses of Cerebral Palsy at the event were Ms. Mirjana Milic, Co-Founder and CEO, Future by Design who designed and illustrated the book; Mrs. Erin Mercer, Consulting Speech and Language Pathologist for the Nathan Ebanks Foundation; and Mrs. Karaine Holness, Board Member of the Nathan Ebanks Foundation.

The virtual book launch brought together, audiences from the Caribbean, North America, Asia, and the European Union, who identify with or are witnesses of cerebral palsy in their life. World Cerebral Palsy Day is a social movement that aims to celebrate people living with cerebral palsy, their families, and the institutions that support them in over 75 countries globally.

Author of “I’m just like you but different: A story about living with cerebral palsy” Christine Staple-Ebanks was joined by husband and Co-Founder of the Nathan Ebanks Foundation, Mr. Robert Ebanks and Master Nathan Ebanks, their son, who lives with cerebral palsy. They all wore green supporting the global mission of the World Cerebral Palsy Day which is #GoGreenforCP.

The book, “I’m just like you but different: A story about living with cerebral palsy” is designed to be an interactive and fun book that introduces Nathan as a child with cerebral palsy who lives with his family in Kingston, Jamaica. The aim of the book is to introduce young children to others who may have disabilities and to teach them how to relate, play, and interact with children like Nathan. The book shows that one can always learn from, connect and be friends with those who are different than themselves. “The book is great for children and those who are curious about CP,” says Mrs. Staple-Ebanks. “My goal is to educate that children with cerebral palsy have other things in common with children without disabilities, the need to be loved, connected, to have meaningful friendships and be part of their community.”

Dr, Karren Dunkley, Educator and President of the Jamaica Diaspora for the Northeast USA; said, “I want to tell you that we are going to promote the book to the Northeast, as a resource.  We are committed to purchasing a book for those of us with young children, and for those who are in the classroom as educators to certainly commit to it as a read along; but beyond that to building knowledge and awareness. It’s not just Nathan we are fighting for but all children like Nathan Ebanks” added Dr. Dunkley.

Author Christine Staple Ebanks who was launching her fourth book shared the important news, of an upcoming Parenting Summit/Parenting Series entitled Special Child, Special Needs,  set to take place between November 30 and December 3, 2020 online at YouTube under the handle @raisingspecialneeds. Mrs. Staple-Ebanks said a key area of need for families is parenting education and support.  The Parenting Summit will be mounted in partnership with key experts, resource partners and collaborators of the Nathan Ebanks Foundation and aims to provide a platform for parents to learn, connect, and inspire.

I’m just like you but different: A story about living with cerebral palsy is now available on Amazon.com.

For more information on local outlets, please visit christinestapleebanks.com/books or email raisingspecialneeds@gmail.com.

Full details about the book along with further articles by Staple Ebanks can be found at https://christinestapleebanks.com.

Full details on the Parenting Summit can be found at https://www,nefjamaica.org.

Contact info: 876 857 4425 (Jamaica)     or 732 213 3852 (United States)     Email: info@nefjamaica.org

Company: Nathan Ebanks Foundation