One Book on the Riverbend partners invite you to the Wesleyan R.J. Julia Bookstore to hear a special presentation! Have you ever wondered what it’s like to live with a facial difference and hearing loss? Sam Drazin was born with Treacher Collins syndrome, a craniofacial anomaly which is similar to that of Auggie, the main character of R.J. Palacio’s Wonder. Like Auggie, Sam has undergone multiple surgeries and faced the challenges of adolescence while looking a bit different. Sam will take you on his journey growing up with a facial difference and hearing loss, coupled with his experience as a teacher, and share with you the challenges as well as the humor in everyday situations. Sam believes awareness is essential to support children and adults in becoming more aware and accepting of all differences. Sam’s program is on inclusion and empathy. He founded a non-profit called Changing Perspectives to provide disability awareness programming. He moves the conversation away from specific disabilities and inspires broader discussions and reflections about differences.
Copies of Wonder are available for purchase at R.J. Julia, and for check-out at participating libraries.
This One Book on the Riverbend 2018 event is sponsored through a Middletown Rotary Grant and by the City of Middletown, Cromwell Belden Library, Portland Library and the Friends of Portland Library, Russell Library and the Friends of the Russell Library.