Journey to Acceptance

Finding Hope, Support, and Peace for Your Autistic Child

by Michelle Vanessa O'Reilly



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 8/25/2021

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 52
ISBN : 9781664241893
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 52
ISBN : 9781664241886

About the Book

Having a child with autism presents many hard questions: What will my child’s life look like if he or she never gains maturity and independence? How will allowing my child to transition to a group home affect the family? What will happen when I can no longer take care of my child because I’m too old? What will happen if my child outlives me?

The good news is that there is hope. If you as a parent become an advocate for your loved one with special needs, you can answer these and many other questions. In Journey to Acceptance author Michelle Vanessa O’Reilly delivers an honest reflection on the life of a mother navigating the challenges of raising an autistic child. She details how embracing God through challenges and sometimes violent aggressions led to a wonderful placement for her son, Justin. She has learned to listen closely to Jesus’s voice as she makes decisions in this journey, and now she seeks to give encouragement and insight to other families who are beginning their own journeys.

In this personal narrative, one woman chronicles how perseverance, faith, and love helped her find an ideal placement for her son, some peace for family, and encouragement for others.

About the Author

Michelle Vanessa O’Reilly, a native of Toronto, Canada, is a graduate of Oakwood University and Clark Atlanta University. She has worked as an elementary school teacher for over twenty-five years, with an increasing focus on autism and special needs. She resides with her family in Orlando, Florida and has an upcoming companion storybook to Journey to Acceptance, this time for children. She has learned to listen closely to Jesus’s voice as she makes decisions in this journey. Michelle can be reached via Instagram at michelleo13 or on her website at