Hillary Sussman has been a physical therapist for 24 years. After working with so many clients with different physical and cognitive challenges, she was inspired by her dog, Roxy, who has undergone four surgeries, to use her story to help kids who are different gain more confidence and overcome any limitations. Her first book, Roxy and Maliboo, It’s Okay to Be Different, is a story about two lovable dogs with unique features who teach the important lessons of limb difference awareness, inclusion, kindness, and acceptance. In her second book, Roxy and Tully, Words Matter, Roxy teaches new lessons and raises awareness about prosthetics, how to handle bullying, the importance of word choices, and how they impact others.
Hillary plans to continue writing additional books in the Adventures of Roxy series where Roxy learns something new in each book, meets new friends, and teaches life lessons as she faces new challenges.
- Learn how Inclusive books can help start a dialogue about sensitive topics in a safe and non-threatening way.
- Touch upon differences that are visible and invisible.
- Kids “see themselves” in the characters, can improve their self-esteem and see they are not alone.
- Resource for the entire family, siblings and peers.
- Ease Anxiety about medical procedures.
Intended Audience: All professionals, parents and educators
Length of Presentation: 30 min