The Paul Ackerman Story

by Paul Ackerman PhD With Bob Walling



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 09/04/2024

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 218
ISBN : 9798369419335

About the Book

This book, in the form of a memoir, is not a compilation of good deeds and recollections. There is nostalgia within, old pictures of family life, and diverse anecdotes. It leads the reader to the “why’s” of major decisions and actions. It reveals a secret I held as a child and disguised as an adult. I am bisexual. It demonstrates the harm of being stigmatized by a large number of colleagues—and my parents-- who cannot discuss their perception of my sexuality with me but can only treat it negatively and passively. This story shows how my acceptance of the whole me and a determined reform of my interactions changed my life—and creativity. I could be a cowboy. I could dream of meeting a Maharaja.

About the Author

Dr. Paul Ackerman lived a life of many accomplishments. Talented in piano, writing, and creativity, he was able to adapt himself to many diverse situations and achieve success in his work beyond imagining. He was a pioneer in developing the field of special education, benefitting practitioners, children, adults and families. He stimulated research and change at a global level. He wrote three commercial books with a co-author on the subject of responsible parenting. He entertained and enlightened himself and others with his music. He was supported by his loving siblings, his talented children, some extraordinary friends and a nurturing husband during low periods. As a victim of personal stigma throughout most of his life, his writings reveal the “real” Paul Ackerman.