Pod 35: Aaron Wright, Author of Thirteen Doors

Aaron grew up in the heart of Central Valley, California., the son of two educators. His father worked in special education and his mother in early childhood education. Aaron was raised with an awareness of, and appreciation for, access issues for marginalized and vulnerable students.

When Aaron’s own daughter was diagnosed at an early age with Autism Spectrum Disorder and initially denied access to the special education services she needed, Aaron began a quest to understand and ensure compliance with state and federal protections afforded to disabled students.

During this quest, quietly, Aaron began to pen his family’s journey in a memoir. A true labor of love. Thirteen Doors, titled to symbolically represent the 13 disabilities defined under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, took more than four years to write.

Thirteen Doors is a story of transformation, resilience, a parent’s love, and a family’s bond. This deeply moving and personal story brings us to the threshold of injustice and brings us through the 13 doors to become a warrior for change. (“About the Author.” Aaron Wright, http://www.authoraaronwright.com/about-the-author.)

Podcast Episode 35 with Aaron Wright, Author of the book Thirteen Doors


My ultimate hope is to engage a national audience in a deep and meaningful conversation about our most vulnerable students and how they are losing their access to a suitable education and what can be done to change the system that is traumatizing children and their parents. – Aaron Wright

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Amy Nielsen

Amy Nielsen is a former children's librarian of nearly twenty years. She now spends most of her time obsessively pounding on a keyboard. She is the author of It Takes a Village: How to Build a Support System for Your Exceptional Needs Family, Goldilocks and the Three Bears: Understanding Autism Spectrum Disorder. Her upcoming YA Worth it debuts in May of 2024. She is also a freelance writer for The Autism Helper. When she's not writing, she and her family are most likely crusing the waters of Tampa Bay.