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If you haven't already ordered your copy of Kelsey's best-selling books, order them today!  Her new book "Kelsey Goes To The Special Olympics" has just been released.  Two of her books have been nominated for the Schneider Family Book Award which is given by the American Library Association (ALA) recognizing authors and illustrators for the excellence of portrayal of the disability experience in literature for youth.  Kelsey has received notes of encouragement from individuals from throughout the country who have been inspired by her books.  They include, but are not limited to:  First Lady Melania Trump, Former President Jimmy Carter, Former First Lady Laura Bush,  Former Georgia First Lady Sandra Deal, Georgia School Superintendent  Richard Woods and Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities Executive Director, Eric Jacobson.
 

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Kelsey Goes To The Special Olympics
 
The book shares what it is like to be a child and a teenager with autism.  It has a strong anti-bullying message and stresses kindness and acceptance of people who are different than you. It is a true story about an orphan with disabilities who overcomes poverty, starvation, health issues, discrimination and heartbreaking bullying incidents to compete in the Special Olympics.  With the support of her mother, she learns that she can accomplish anything if she is willing to work hard and never give up.  Winning is not always about coming in first. Sometimes it is proving that you can stay in the game despite having all odds stacked against you.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Cooking With Kelsey

 

I am a 16 year old high school student with autism and intellectual disabilities from Bonaire, Georgia.  My mom found me in a Russian orphanage when I was eleven months old.  She has been my biggest supporter, cheerleader and role model for the past 15 years.  We are a team in everything we do and this cookbook is our latest project.
 
In March 2020, when the COVID-19 pandemic shut down my school for the remainder of the school year, I was suddenly at home all day with my mom.  We decided that we would use this unexpected time to learn important life skills in the kitchen.  My mom has conducted daily lessons in the kitchen where I have learned how to use the stove, oven, microwave, electric mixer, blender, food processor, spiralizer and quesadilla maker,  I have used these skills to make something in the kitchen just about every day during the past six months.
 
As a result, we have decided to put together this cookbook with over 180 delicious recipes.  I have already made over half of the recipes in this cookbook.  The other recipes have been sent by friends from throughout the nation.  My goal for this fall is to make all of the recipes that my friends have shared.  I hope you enjoy making these recipes with your own family.
 

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The price is $15 plus shipping and handling costs ($2.80).

 

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You Can Move Mountains

 

This is an emotional and triumphant story of a mother and a daughter. Together, they have overcome obstacles that initially seemed insurmountable. This was accomplished through determination, persistence, love, and an unwavering belief in God's goodness and grace.

At age forty-two, Carol decided to adopt a special needs Russian orphan as a single mother. She found Kelsey in a Russian orphanage when she was eleven months old, weighing less than fourteen pounds. Alone, sick, starving, her head had been shaved due to lice. The doctors did not know if she would ever walk or talk.

Carol adopted Kelsey and brought her home to Georgia. Their subsequent life journey is a remarkable story of how they overcame every obstacle placed in their path. Despite these dramatic and sometimes brutal life events, they have remained positive and focused on the future. These events include, but are not limited to, medical and developmental issues, school bullying incidents, the bigotry of low expectations for special education students, lack of awareness and understanding of children with developmental disabilities, lack of access to extracurricular activities (including Special Olympics competitions), financial exploitation, animal cruelty, near-death experiences, and the refusal to recognize the developmentally disabled as human beings with the same rights as every other American citizen.

Kelsey is currently a nationally recognized advocate, community volunteer, beauty queen, author, and athlete. She has been diagnosed with having autism, intellectual disabilities, and Rubenstein-Taybi syndrome. Kelsey believes that individuals with disabilities can achieve great things in life and make a tremendous positive difference in the lives of others.

Kelsey and Carol continue to write books, facilitate workshops, and give motivational presentations. They are working toward establishing their own foundation in the next couple of years that will support individuals with disabilities and children who are in crisis situations.

 

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A Girl and Her Dogs

 

This is a story about a girl and her extraordinary rescue dogs. The girl is my daughter Kelsey and the dogs are named Izzie and Sadie. The four of us are a family united by love and separated through the cruelty of other humans. The only way Kelsey and I can deal with our tragic loss is to write about it. Kelsey was found in a Russian orphanage, when she was eleven months old and weighing less than fourteen pounds. The doctors did not know if she would ever walk or talk. She has been diagnosed as having autism, intellectual disabilities, and Rubinstein-Taybi Syndrome. Kelsey is currently a seventh grade special education student. She is thriving and is on the honor roll. She is not your typical seventh grade student. Currently, Kelsey is a nationally recognized advocate, community volunteer, beauty queen, author, and athlete. None of this success would have been possible if not for the love of her two rescue dogs, Izzie and Sadie. The most significant turning point in Kelsey's life was the day she met her dog Izzie. Since second grade, Izzie has been her protector, best friend, and confidant. They were joined a few years later by an abandoned puppy named Sadie. It has been the power of this bond, cemented by mutual love, that has forever changed Kelsey's life. Their story is dramatic. These dogs saved our lives on more than one occasion, including a situation that involved a missing child and law enforcement officers from two counties. They deserved to spend the rest of their lives with us. Unfortunately, that is not how their story ends. We were forced to make a heartbreaking decision to let them go in order to keep them safe. We are forever grateful to the kind volunteers at the animal shelter who helped us. Some of the proceeds from this book will be donated to that shelter.

 

 

 

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I Want to Make a Difference 

Kelsey Norris has spent her entire life overcoming obstacles. She was found in a Russian orphanage when she was 11 months old weighing less than 14 pounds. Alone, sick, starving and emaciated, her head had been shaved due to lice. She was dressed in rags and had never worn a diaper. The doctors did not know if she would ever walk or talk. When the doctors at the orphanage told her prospective mother that Kelsey was a special needs child and they could not guarantee that she would ever walk or talk. She told them that she didn't care about that because she loved Kelsey and wanted to be her mother.

Together, Kelsey and her new mother worked to overcome challenges. Along the way, they have experienced barriers and learned that not everyone is kind and not everyone believes in value of all God's children, adoption and caring for the less fortunate. Through faith and determination, they have proven that "family" isn't necessarily who you are biologically related to. Instead, "family" can be anyone who loves and cares about you.

Currently, Kelsey is a nationally recognized 13 year old advocate, community volunteer, beauty queen, author and athlete. Adopted from a Russian orphanage, she has been diagnosed as having autism. Her pageant platform is "Special Needs Means Special Abilities -- the importance of self-advocacy for individuals with developmental disabilities." She believes that individuals with disabilities can achieve great things in life and make a tremendous difference in the lives of others. When she grows up, she wants to be a role model for others and start her own charitable foundation that will support children with special needs.

During the past year, more than two million people have read the posts and articles about Kelsey's life and achievements that have been published by international autism advocacy organizations, magazines and newspapers. She is a shining example of the potential that exists for every special needs child and their ability to help others and make their communities a better place to live.

 

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