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“Adapting to Special Needs Overseas” Call for Essays Guide
Travel guidebooks provide information about wheelchair accessible tourist sites or services for disabled travelers. But it is much harder to get a feel for how a foreign culture might perceive someone with a disability, or how disabilities invisible to the naked eye, such as autism, are accommodated abroad. Tales from a Small Planet is soliciting essays for a new book with personal accounts of experiences overseas managing one’s own special needs, a child’s special needs, or even observing how host cultures treats their special needs citizens. Essays should provide honest accounts without being harshly judgmental. Ideally, we are looking for uplifting stories – finding resources or kindness and support in unexpected places, seeing positive changes in attitudes, experiencing creative and ingenious ways of adapting to difficult circumstances, and lessons learned.
The target audience for this book will be anyone living outside of their home country and dealing with special needs, including anyone employed in a field that provides special needs services.
Please send a query, outline or rough draft by March 30, 2017 to firstname.lastname@example.org or to email@example.com. The editors will assist in revisions. Drafts will be due from authors May 1, and June 1, 2017, with final revisions complete by June 30. Inclusion is subject to editor selection in order to create a coherent and diverse collection of high-quality essays. All proceeds will go to Tales from a Small Planet, a registered non-profit organization.
Strong essays should include the following:
- A fully developed, organized essay with a beginning, middle, and end;
- The writer is part of the story and is discovering something new or surprising about their expat experience with special needs;
- Interesting details about the country and culture where the story takes place.