I am so excited to share with you why I created this book, the inside stories on the characters and how my book has opened other individual’s eyes to the importance of seeing the abilities in children first and their disabilities second.
I initially created these clay dolls to express the abilities of the wonderful people I have met along my life path. Having never sculpted before, I was amazed at what surfaced. Each doll is so expressive and complete. At first, I thought I would have them made into dolls and sell in retail stores. This became a very large time and resource consuming task. I decided to feature the clay character photos in a book, which is titled “I See ABILITY!™”. In the book, you will find the focus is on the talents and abilities of the characters, versus the often over-emphasized condition or diagnosis that they have. This bold, colorful, picture board book is a great gift for all people at any age. I made it in board book form to support independent page turning at any developmental or muscle/coordination level. The book has minimal text, but its visual message is very powerful and speaks volumes! My mission or hope for anyone who reads my book is that they enjoy the inspiration, happiness and fulfillment they experience when viewing people’s abilities first.
In the book, you will find the focus is on the talents and abilities of the characters, versus the often over-emphasized condition or diagnosis that they have. You will also notice the book is a board book, which supports independent reading of anyone with any sort of muscle-coordination level. This bold, colorful, picture board book is a great gift for any child. Since the book doesn’t have a lot of writing, it’s perfect for the creative and visual learners. My mission or hope for anyone who reads my book is to discover the happiness and fulfillment they will experience when they begin to view people for their abilities first.
What do others love about the “I See ABILITY!™” book:
“Cyndi’s book “I See ABILITY” contains a powerful message to look beyond the surface and instead to the heart of a child. What this book and Cyndi have taught me is not to be limited by the disability of a child, but to see all the things a child can do! I have learned that we need to change our perspective. As a toddler and preschool teacher, “I see ABILITY” is beautifully laid out and can be used in and outside of the classroom. It is a great tool to be used to help children visually see and learn that all children, no matter the differences, have the same ability to play, love and enjoy the world around them. It helps children to realize that others may look or act differently, however, all children have something special that they love and are good at. As a teacher, I would use this book to help build self esteem and awareness. To teach children that you are special and ask them what they are good at and love, then celebrate the uniqueness and ability of each child!”
ANGELA NICHOLAS, EARLY CHILDHOOD TEACHER
Get to Know the “I See ABILITY!™” Characters (only featured on the website):
As the Grand Marshal of Merriment, David can sing or play along on his saxophone with any song. David, being the wisest man I know, especially enjoys hanging out with happy-go-lucky people. He Has brown eyes, Down syndrome, and the most adorable feet!
Thomas is an expert on dinosaurs and teaches to a variety of audiences in and out of school. Painting a mural of dinosaurs in his elementary school gymnasium was one of his last projects. Thomas loves to wear blue shirts, has autism, and is a wizard at pinball.
Exuding strength and determination, Robin, sells her artwork on the internet. She assists her fellow High School friends in a watercolor class. She loves every color of the rainbow and expressing herself through art. She loves to watch kites fly, has cerebral palsy, and reads French novels.
More than anything, Lily loves to swim. Since helping a boy find his way to the ocean shore, Lily dreams of being a lifeguard. She loves to write poetry, was born with a shortened arm, and is a lead dancer in her ballet troupe.
Steven loves to ride his bike with his friends. He loves to perform in theatre productions and has plenty of magic tricks up his sleeve. He loves to sing, has epilepsy, and a vast seashell collection.
Mary is a rodeo queen, barrel racer, and endurance rider. She loves to dance to Mariachi music. She catches fireflies, endured a stroke as a baby, and loves to sew beautiful patterns on her clothes.
Michael’s basketball team won their regional championship last year. He target shoots, has a spinal cord injury, and races remote control cars.
Bella received a full academic scholarship and plans to major in alternative energy sources. Bella loves to bake, travel internationally with her family, has multiple sclerosis, and is a very snappy dresser!