Reviews for An Accidental Advocate
"Insightful and candid … written with humor and from the heart … An Accidental Advocate should serve as a roadmap for other parents of exceptional children."
Lorrie Goegan Chair, Learning Disabilities Association of Canada
"Kathryn Burke has written a sensitive, informative, heart-grabbing book that is a testament to the critical importance of advocacy in the face of systems that are too often so overloaded that they lose sight of their true mandate. This story of a family that refused to accept uncaring bureaucratic responses when it came to the education and development of a beautiful child impaired by disability will serve as an anchor, a sword and a shield for any family with a child whose abilities don’t follow the norm. Every parent will learn valuable lessons from this book, and parents of children with disabilities will be introduced to knowledge and insights that can help them turn failure into success.
Fil Fraser, Broadcaster and Journalist
"I laughed, I cried, I felt angry, I felt hopeless, and then I felt encouraged and full of hope. An Accidental Advocate is a compelling story."
Kieran LeBlanc, Executive Director, Book Publishers Association of Alberta
"An Accidental Advocate is a phenomenal read. Kathryn Burke’s relentless journey of advocacy for her son, chronicled in the book, will help professionals and those in the world of education see the ‘other side.’ It will also empower parents of children with exceptional needs to advocate in a collaborative manner."