Faces shined Saturday morning as we gathered into the Hendersonville Public Library of Sumner county for a special event: The Awareness and Support Expo “for families and friends caring for individuals with special concerns.”
Children and parents cozied up in the warmth of this charming library as the piano played in the background. Around the library, were community members there on a mission to spread awareness, education, and resources with families with special needs- covering all areas of disability.
Also hosted in the Hendersonville Public Library on May 8th was the Friends of the Library book sale. Usually the Friends book sale is held semi-annually, however, due to covid precautions and safety guidelines for the state and protection of patrons, the library had held off on hosting over the past year. Both these events were arranged by the Director of the Library, Diane Johnson, and Library staff members.
sPECIAL GUESTS VISITING THE HENDERSONVILLE PUBLIC LIBRARY TODAY:
To mention a few among the groups that joined were The Tennessee Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, Borderless Arts Tennessee, Rainbow Mosho, Mary Elizabeth Jackson, Susan Bailey Moss, and myself, Chelsea DiCicco.
The Tennessee Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilitities
The Tennessee Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities has a Facebook page, hosted by the DIDD Communications Department. Their mission is to support all people statewide in “living the lives they envision for themselves.” Their page aims to promote an informative and community-focused online experience. Find out more about them on Instagram, Linkdin or X.
Borderless arts tennessee
Borderless Arts Tennessee is a non-profit organization run by the state of Tennessee, committed to presenting programs for individuals with disabilities. Through the aids it provides, it adds to the enjoyment and empowerment of the community. For more information, visit their website here or find them on social media here.
Autism Tn aDVOCATE AND cHILDREN’S bOOK aUTHOR, Mary Elizabeth Jackson
Mary Elizabeth Jackson is an Advocate for Autism Tennessee and a independently published Children’s Book author local to the Hendersonville area. She’s also the co-host of an Amazon LIVE show called Bridgetti.Live, hosted by Bridgetti Lim Bana, located in South Africa. During the course of the day, the participants were featured on the show via live stream- Books: Meet the Author.
Independent neurodivergent tween author & artist, Rainbow Mosho
Rainbow Mosho is a twelve-year-old artist and author with Autism, working her way towards empowering other children and families with special needs through her inspirational work. Her goal is to “give hope to all the kids in the world” with her book and words. Discover her indie books and custom pieces of artwork on her Facebook page.
Neurodivergent Children’s Author & Blogger, Chelsea DiCicco
Chelsea DiCicco is a neurodiverse local kidlit author living outside of Nashville, TN. Her book, ADHD and Me, was inspired by events in her own childhood and deals with the day-to-day challenges and triumphs as seen through the eyes of an eight-year-old little girl named Malory, who had ADHD.
Check out these Neurodivergent author’s and their books for kids!
What I Gained and Lost During COVID19 by Rainbow MOSHO
Balloons by Rainbow MOSHO
Rainbow Rabbit Meets Oracle the Alphabet Creature by Rainbow MOSHO
Adventures at the Zoo by Rainbow Mosho
Rogue Girls Rule the World by Rainbow Mosho
Poohlicious Look at Me by Mary Jackson
Cheers From Heaven by Mary Jackson
ADHD and Me by Chelsea DiCicco
CLICK HERE to watch live interviews with the authors recorded on May 8th 2021.