The Dads of Disability project received its first press coverage today in the Poughkeepsie Journal (New York)! Here is a link to that story (or click on the image to the left).

In addition, to exemplify one of the kind of essays that will appear in the book, you can download a free preview draft.

In this essay, the simple act of going to the bathroom on a plane creates a situation where a father has to mull some important stuff.  When to interact with a pleasant, but challenging stranger? Are his religious beliefs correct? Should he be embarrassed at the amount of help he needs from strangers to do something as simple as take his child to the bathroom? Is a cross country trip worth the effort? Will he encounter an awful situation like he read about in the press?

The example story has a a religious topic as part of its theme, please note that this collection will by no means be a collection of religious or spiritual essays. I just thought it was a good example of taking an event that really took place over about 10 minutes but illustrated a deeper set of issues that a father wrestled with.


15. July 2013 · Comments Off on Why Specialists Should Support Dads of Disability · Categories: author queries, kickstarter, parent education, poetry, Uncategorized

Hello and I hope your summer is going well,

I’ve asked my friends and supporters to send you to this page to learn about the Dads of Disability project and consider supporting it or participating in it.

When I visit the offices of many of  his educators and medical and support specialists — I see a stack of academic and professional and mainstream press books about children and families.  But rarely do I see one specifically about fathers and children with disabilities (except a few in the style of the heroic stories like the Hoyts.)  I am trying to change that by writing a book called Dads of Disability:  Stories for, by, and about fathers of children that experience disability (and the mothers that love them)

I have a request and an opportunity for you or your your staff and professional network:

1. Please back this project as soon as possible through my Kickstarter at this address. If you don’t know what a Kickstarter is I have info here.  This isn’t a donation or charity – rewards are received for early backing of the project and such as copies of the book and other project related content.


I am specifically asking you to back the project for $119 – in return for which you will get the reward of  nine paper copies of the book for you and your friends or staff when it ships in March 2014. 

If that is too much, other rewards range from the ebook for $9 to other book-related content from $19 and up. I ask that you can either personally back this project or back it through professional development or content funds and can account for this backing as a “book pre-order” (the book will ship in March 2014) for your personal or staff development library. (Your credit card will only be charged by my the Kickstarter project through Amazon if the entire funding goal is met by August 9th.)

2. Please learn more about this project at www.dadsofdisability.com and let Dads or Moms or staff you may know that I am seeking contributing parent, student, and educational professional essayists and I am paying stipends for those that appear in the book.

Quill Pen, Creative Commons 0 license

Even if you don’t back the project, please look at the site for a COOL animation done by a high school senior. Or consider forwarding this note to other educators or sharing it on FB and other social media regarding both writing and backing.

If you have any questions please contact me at gdietz@garydietz.com. Thanks for all you do for our children and families!

Gary Dietz

10. July 2013 · Comments Off on Kickstarter Update #1 – Also, welcome to GMP and NSGC folks! · Categories: kickstarter, published elsewhere

Hello everyone,

I’ve posted my first Kickstarter update, after the project was live only 1.5 days.  Here is the link to that update, and the full post is reproduced below.

Also, 266 Facebook shares so far. Wow!

Thanks to all,



Dateline: Suburban New Hampshire.  10-Jul-2013. 6:30am EST.
Subject: Dads of Disability Kickstarter Project – Humbled and Excited!

1.5 days into the Kickstarter, 12% of the funding goal has been reached, with over $1,800 in pledges by 37 backers!  That’s a $49 average pledge per backer! A to-date high of $351 by one backer and a wonderful number of $9 pledges.

This wonderful status, with only personal 1:1 outreaches to less than 20% of my personal contacts through Facebook and LinkedIn and a small number of organizational outreaches.  Lots of screen time and typing in these next few days!

Although my eyes ache and my fingers are bleeding, I offer major thanks to my early backers!

What’s next, what’s new?

A new reward! I have added a new, limited reward at the $299 level – A discussion webinar hosted by me for up to 10 folks in your organization.  I will blog about the webinar. Or, if it is an exceptionally amazing discussion, will include a summary of its stories as an essay in the published book.  If you want, I will include your organization’s or team’s credits/website!

For those of you who don’t know my collaboration and videoconferencing background, I host amazing webinars!  No “Death by Powerpoint” on my watch! Interactivity rules.

Press and Outreach!
a) I was interviewed by the Poughkeepsie Journal (New York) yesterday about the cool story of me and my animator, Casey Silvestri.  We graduated the same high school in New York 30 years apart! I’ll let you know when the story appears.

b) If you are a press person, or want to help me reach out to press folks, you can access my press backgrounder here and media snippets for web and print here.

c) Today at 8:30am EST, an essay by me will appear in the Good Men Project.  I don’t have the URL for the article yes, but it will be in rotation on the front page.

d) Today at 8:30am EST, an email will be going out to the membership of the National Society of Genetic Counselors.  A fine welcome to that organization’s folks.  They are of a big help to families like mine and I welcome their support and backing!

Again, a sincere thank you for your support – and a special shout out to those who have increased their backing after their initial support!  Wow!

Wow, it’s only been 1.5 days!  I will work hard to reflect your belief in me.

Warm regards to all.



The Kickstarter for the Dads of Disability book project is live! Click on the image below to check it out. If you do nothing else, enjoy the animation! The Kickstarter page tells you a lot about the project, but you can also click on the menus above on this page to learn more.

I’m asking for three things.  Each of which has a benefit to you or your family or clients.

One: Back the Dads of Disability Kickstarter!
How does this benefit you?  Backing starts at just $9.00 and at this level the reward is an electronic version of the book when it is released. $19 gets you the paper copy AND the electronic copy. This isn’t charity, rewards come with backing!  Higher value rewards include original framed art from the animation and a 60 second animation of your family!

Two: Write for this collection, get paid
Yes, I will pay you.  I am paying small stipends for authors whose work (or interviewees whose story) makes it into the collection. Learn more about that in the submission guidelines.

Three: Please share this project far and wide!
For suggestions and materials if you feel like sharing on social networks, please see the open letter from me.  Tweet with hashtag #dadsofdis  I am @garymdietz on Twitter.

Thanks for all of your support!!!