Pownal Street Press is delighted to be publishing Rita Miceli’s Giaci and Me: A Family’s Journey with Autism. With more than a half-million global followers on TikTok and Instagram, Rita Miceli’s twenty-six-year-old son Giaci and his sisters are making a big impact. Surrounded by the unconditional love of his family, Giaci invites his fans to be privy to the rich tapestry of the life he leads, sharing everyday activities including housekeeping, finances, and the emotional health of his parents and siblings. In Giaci and Me, author and mother Rita Miceli shares her story to support parents of autistic children to be inspired, feel better and continue their journey knowing they are not alone.
A narrative of Rita’s innermost thoughts, realizations and fears, this memoir of perseverance serves as a much-needed resource for caregivers and family members of people with autism. Rita wished for such a book at the beginning of her own journey as a mother of a child with autism, and now she offers to her readers a comprehensive framework that spans decades. From the early days of diagnosis through to the unusual, the exciting and the uplifting, Giaci and Me offers an empathetic and compassionate perspective that can lead to better support for families living with autism.
We are honoured to be publishing Rita’s family story. Rita’s writing doesn’t shy away from the challenges and offers a supportive hand to any parents on the life long journey of raising a neurodivergent child.—Genevieve Loughlin, Publisher, Pownal Street Press
Giaci and Me: A Family’s Journey with Autism will be available in bookstores across Canada in March, in time for World Autism Awareness Month.
About Rita Miceli
An expert in the field of autism and a long-time advocate for autism awareness, Rita Miceli is the co-author of the international bestselling book Ambitious Women Rise: The Amazing Stories of Women Overcoming Obstacles and Creating the Life of Their Dreams. As an educator for over three decades, Miceli teaches in the Autism and Behavioural Science Graduate Program at St. Clair College (Windsor), has been featured in The Drive Magazine, on CTV news and on CBC National News, and is the past president of Autism Ontario. Miceli has published works on multiple platforms related to the topics of special needs and autism, including Going to the Dance (Spillwords Press), A Call to Action (Autism Matters) and Words that Connect Us (Canadian Authors Association). Rita lives in Windsor, Ontario, with her high-school sweetheart, John, and is the proud mother of three daughters and a son with autism.
Giaci and Me: A Family’s Journey with Autism
On Sale: March 28, 2024
About Pownal Street Press:
Pownal Street Press is Charlottetown’s newest independent publishing house. Inspired in name by the iconic Charlottetown street, a charming mix of modern and historical, Pownal Street Press is symbolic of the evolution of the publishing industry. The mission of Pownal Street Press is to discover, amplify and empower storytellers, and seeks to broaden the publishing landscape with a diverse collection of topics and tones.