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Cammie McGovern

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Whole Children Inc

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Whole Children Inc

41 Russell Street

Hadley, Massachusetts, 01035

United States

Company Description

Whole Children provides recreational, social, and enrichment programs for children and teens of all abilities, including those with special needs. As our communications intern, you will have the opportunity to work in an inclusive office space and assist in sh...more

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Employment History

Netcera Inc


Smera Productions


Cammie McGovern


Affiliations

Stanford University

Stegner Fellow


Standford

Stegner Fellow


Education

English

Kenyon College


M.F.A.

U-M


M.F.A.

University of Michigan


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Whole Children Board of Directors - Whole Children - Recreational, social and enrichment programs for children and teens of all abilities, including those with special needs

Cammie McGovern


Novel 'Say What You Will' Draws Inspiration From Teens With Disabilities | Here & Now | Center for Disability Rights

When author Cammie McGovern's oldest son was diagnosed with autism, she looked for an outlet where he could be with other children with similar difficulties.
That led her to form the group "Whole Children," an after-school and weekend program for children with disabilities. Now, a decade later, those kids spurred her to write the new young adult novel "Say What You Will" (excerpt below). "Having been surrounded by all these terrific teens with disabilities and seeing how much they wanted relationships and love as much as their typically developing peers, it felt like time to write a story about that," McGovern told Here & Now's Robin Young.


School Library Journal: YA Authors Who Give Back - Chelsey Philpot

Cammie McGovern, whose YA debut novel Say What You Will (HarperCollins) publishes this month, is also the founder of Whole Children, an organization offering programs for young people with special needs and disabilities.


Here & Now | KRWG

Cammie McGovern is author of "Say What You Will.
(Ellen Augarten) When author Cammie McGovern's oldest son was diagnosed with autism, she looked for an outlet where he could be with other children with similar difficulties. That led her to form the group "Whole Children," an after-school and weekend program for children with disabilities.


http://www.british-weekly.com/?p=15489

Exclusive interview with Cammie McGovern and a review of her new Young Adult novel about a high school girl with cerebral palsy
"This is my first YA book," says Say What You Will author Cammie McGovern. Besides being a writer, Cammie McGovern is a founder of Whole Children, an organization that runs after-school programs for kids with disabilities. "As the parent of an 18-year-old with autism and one of the founders of Whole Children, I've wanted to start writing stories about them for years. I've gotten to know a lot of kids and teens with disabilities." "The character of Amy is based very loosely on a little girl I first met when she was four years old," says McGovern. "She was born with severe cerebral palsy. "Originally, Amy's story was meant to be an adult mystery, where she graduates from college with accolades and awards and then disappears completely," says McGovern. McGovern has written three other books, all adult titles with mystery or suspense elements. Eye Contact is about a little boy with autism who witnesses a murder, told from the point of view of his mother who reads his clues to figure out what he saw. McGovern is currently writing a new YA novel that will also feature a new characters with disabilities. "It's set in a center like the one I've helped start in Hadley, Massachusetts," says McGovern. McGovern lives in Amherst Massachusetts., which she says is the smallest town in America with most colleges (five). She was born in Evanston, Illinois, and moved to Encino, Califonia when she was seven years old.


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