Natalie Vecchione and Cindy LaJoy have published a new book, Blazing New Homeschool Trails: Educating and Launching Teens with Developmental Disabilities, in which they discuss their experiences homeschooling teenagers with FASD. Vecchione is a co-founder of FASD Hope, an organization that seeks to provide “information and inspiration” to those affected by FASD; she is also a parent advocate, special needs homeschool parent mentor, and peer support mentor. LaJoy is the founder of Blue Collar Homeschool, which assists parents and guardians as they shape their children’s homeschool experience; she has worked as a special needs academic educator, advisor, and consultant, and even helped her three children, now young adults with FASD, found and run a successful pizza and ice cream business called Buckaroos Slices and Scoops, which they now operate on their own. In Blazing New Homeschool Trails, Vecchione and LaJoy hope to provide a guide for homeschool parents like them, so that their children will become more confident in their abilities and develop practical life and job skills.

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