Contact: Tiarra Earls
For Immediate Release
May 1, 2017
Noted Author Elsie Guerrero Releases New Children’s Books to Promote Disability Awareness & Inclusion
Washington, D.C. – Children’s author and disability rights advocate Elsie Guerrero has released various books aimed at promoting disability awareness and inclusion. Her two newest titles, “Dancing Luna” and “I Am Unique,” takes on disability issues and translates them into easy-to-understand concepts to which children can relate. Elsie’s Hispanic heritage and background working with children with physical and mental disabilities (specifically children with autism) while witnessing the social difficulties these children often experience on the playground, have inspired her to promote inclusion by writing books specifically for children.
“My ultimate goal with writing children’s books is to spread awareness and promote inclusion,” she said. “I also believe that there are not enough books related to children with special needs or Latino issues. I thinks education in awareness at this level will greatly contribute to a culture of appreciation for those who are unique.”
Most of Elsie’s books focus on removing the negative stigma associated with having a disability while promoting the positive elements instead. In “I Am Unique,” a girl born with cerebral palsy is routinely ostracized and teased at school. She then learns to embrace her disability, thanks to a wonderful family support system.
Elsie says she never intended to be an author, and instead fell into the role.
“It was not a career goal or something I saw myself doing in my future, but after resigning my job working with autistic children to work at a law firm, I began to miss them,” she said. “I would think about the children I used to work with and how much they made me laugh. There was never a dull moment working with autistic children.”
Elsie’s first published book, “How Emily & Eli Became Friends” is about the characteristics of a child who has autism.
You can find and purchase these titles online at Goodreads.com.
About Elsie Guerrero
Elsie Guerrero currently works as a Bilingual ABA Therapist with The Sparks Group, LLC where she routinely serves and represents Latino children with special needs. She holds a Bachelor's in Government from California State University, Sacramento, an Executive Master of Public Administration from Golden Gate University and Master of Public Affairs and Practical Politics from the University of San Francisco. She is also the founder of Advancing Latinas into Leadership (ALL), a mentorship program designed to help young Latinas with college preparedness, self-empowerment and professional development.