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 lives in Orlando, Florida. She is the proud mother of four children ranging in age from 5-33! She and her husband, Brent enjoy sports and traveling. Amy is a former teacher with nearly 20 years of experience, a freelance writer, and a special needs advocate. Her mission is to help educate and empower families of children with disabilities to focus on their child's interests and strengths.