Jaqueline and Jessica Moreno are sisters born less than two years apart who have developed a truly extraordinary relationship. At two years old, Jessica was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder as “nonverbal” and “low-functioning,” shaking their family’s world and changing the course of history for them, their younger brother, and their parents forever. Pieces offers a glimpse at Jaqueline’s own journey as Jessica’s sister, chronicling her childhood, adolescence, and adulthood through her feelings of resentment, confusion, inspiration, and love that ultimately shaped her passion and purpose in life. Filled with original poetry, diary entries, and honest and raw narrative insights into the complex but rewarding relationship facing most Siblings of brothers and sisters with disabilities, illustrates the deeply emotional connection that binds these two young women, and stands as a tribute to the inherent beauty of Sibling relationships.
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About the Author: Jaqueline Moreno was born and raised in Pasadena, CA. She graduated from the University of Southern California with a B.A. in Neuroscience and Psychology, and from Pacific Oaks College with an M.A. in Human Development. Her published thesis work centered on the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders: 5th Edition changes in diagnostic criteria for Autism Spectrum Disorder. She has been working as a Behavior Interventionist for the past two years, and is currently seeking her Board Certified Behavior Analyst certification. She serves as Chair on the Frank D. Lanterman Regional Center’s Programs & Services Committee, co-founded and assists in operating the California Sibling Leadership Network (CASLN), and is spearheading Sibling advocacy and support programs through these two organizations.