“Kramer reveals herself to be a gifted writer…The alternatives found by this assertive, never-give-up mother are worth sharing.” —Library Journal
In 1984, when he was ten months old, Laura’s son Seth was diagnosed with cerebral palsy. Suddenly the direction of Laura’s life changed. She embarked on a journey to improve the quality of Seth’s life, plunging into a world that lacked today’s information-rich internet to get everything she could for Seth—at first within the mainstream and later in a wider world that came to include osteopathy, Feldenkrais, Iyengar yoga, and more.
In 1992 Laura wrote an article for Family Circle magazine, “A Second Chance for Seth,” detailing the maverick work she was doing with her son. This led to an appearance on The Oprah Winfrey Show. Subsequently, Laura wrote the first edition of Uncommon Voyage: Parenting Children with Special Needs, about her experiences as Seth’s mother.
“Throughout this new book, Kramer’s experience and empathy shine through. Parents are encouraged to recognize that they are experts on their own children and that they should feel confident in their own knowledge. There is ample guidance regarding finding the help your child needs as well as an extensive resource section. Kramer also offers practical advice to parents on how to prevent their children’s needs from consuming them….This is a well-thought-out guide for parents that provides a flexible and compassionate approach to learning how best to help your child and yourself.” —Publishers Weekly
“Laura Shapiro Kramer is a lioness, a powerhouse, and an iron advocate…Uncommon Voyage is a beacon of light for anyone helping another chart a healthier, stronger, more joyous life through informed alternative choices.” —Sherry Suib Cohen, author of Looking for the Other Side
Laura Shapiro Kramer was the chair of the Board of Resources for Children with Special Needs (now INCLUDEnyc) for ten years. Laura is Founder and was the Chair of the Advisory Board of the Iyengar Yoga Association of Greater New York (IYAGNY) and she served for over a decade on the Advisory Board of New York City Outward Bound (NYCOBC). Her travel articles about Iran and Tasmania appeared in The Forward. Laura was Project Director of the Albyon Project for the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA), an historical chronicle of the Jews in Albania.