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The comedians of the San Francisco Bay Area changed comedy forever. From visiting acts like Richard Pryor, Steve Martin and Whoopi Goldberg to local favorites who still maintain their following and legacy, the Bay Area has long been a place for comedians to develop their voice and hone their stand-up skills. Popular spots included Cobb’s, The Punch Line, hungry i, the Purple Onion, Tommy T’s, Brainwash and the holy grail of San Francisco comedy during the 1980s boom, the Holy City Zoo. For more than seventy years, these iconic venues and others fostered talents like  Mort Sahl, Phyllis Diller, Smothers Brothers, Kevin Meaney, Paula Poundstone, Dana Carvey, W. Kamau Bell, Margaret Cho, Chelsea Peretti, Andy Samberg, Ali Wong, Moshe Kasher and (of course) Robin Williams, introducing them to local crowds and the world beyond. Join comedians Nina G and OJ Patterson on a hilarious and thoughtful tour through the history of Bay Area comedy. Book released on Valentine's Day 2022!

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Stand-up comedian Nina G is challenging how people think of stuttering. Her comedy is funny, revealing, unapologetic, and always a window to her experience as a person with disabilities. In Stutterer Interrupted, Nina tells the story of her journey of how she became, at the time she started, America’s only female stuttering stand-up comedian.​

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People with Learning Disabilities are faced with many challenges throughout childhood and adulthood. One of the first places they experience difficulties is in school. School is not only an important time to learn academic skills, but also an important time for children with disabilities to learn about their strengths and how to advocate for their rights.

 

Research on successful adults with Learning Disabilities demonstrates that factors associated with these adults include self-awareness, being proactive, perseverance, goal setting, support systems, and emotional coping strategies (www.Frostig.org). Fostering these qualities in children can be just as important as fostering their academic growth. Once Upon An Accommodation addresses questions children and adults may have about Learning Disabilities, accommodations, and how to go about self-advocacy.

 

Once Upon an Accommodation: A Book About Learning Disabilities depicts the main character, Matt, getting accommodations through a 504 meeting/plan. Many children and adults receive accommodations under a 504 plan. Some children may also have an Individualized Education Plan (IEP), but the IEP expires when they exit high school. A 504 plan with appropriate documentation can be extend into college. In that vein, college students recently diagnosed with a Learning Disability may also enjoy and benefit from the information in this book.

 

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Reexamining the Stuttering Iceberg. Stammering Pride and Prejudice (2019), published by J&R Press. 

Defining Disabled Comedy. Disability in American Life: an Encyclopedia of Concepts, Policies, and Controversies (2018). edited by Tamar Heller, Sarah Parker Harris, Carol Gill, and Robert Perry Gould.

 

On Surviving "Little T" Trauma. Criptiques (2014).