Meet Janet and Jenny – a mother-daughter duo who are showing how autism is no barrier to success and fulfillment.

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We had the pleasure of meeting Janet Walmsley and her daughter, Jenny Story at a recent posAbilities Family Support Network meeting. The whole room was inspired by our special guests. Janet shared her story of raising Jenny – a story of blessings, challenges, perseverance and thriving with autism. She wrote a book about Jenny’s journey to provide inspiration and hope to other families. Jenny is also an author and read a passage from her new book, Dysnomia: Outcasts On a Distant Moon and showed three of the short films she created while studying at Vancouver Film School.

Janet was also recently featured on the Autism 30 podcast where she talks about life before and after her daughter’s diagnosis. Janet made it her mission to support her daughter every step of the way and worked tirelessly alongside medical professionals and immersed herself in constant research in order to provide every opportunity and avenue for Jenny. She also shared her struggles, worries, and biggest frustrations along the way. Have a listen to Part 1 of the podcast here and stay tuned for Part 2!

To learn more, search for Janet and Jenny on Facebook, check out their books online (Janet’s book The Autistic Author and Animator, A Mother’s View of a Daughter’s Triumph is available here and Jenny’s book Dysnomia is available here), and be sure to visit them at their upcoming book signing and meet and greet on Friday, April 29th from 9:30am -6:00pm at Vancity (501 West 10th Avenue, corner of Cambie and West 10th). They’re excited to see familiar faces and meet new ones too.