Melissa Brady Petrillo is a Caldwell resident, an Essex County special education teacher for seven years, and an author who recently published a children’s book about autism called Sometimes. As an educator, Melissa has noticed the lack of literature about characters with disabilities and wanted to publish another book that children can read to learn more about autism. She recently spoke at the New Jersey Teacher’s Convention about how characters with disabilities are portrayed in literature. The text is told from the perspective of a biracial, female child with autism. Read on to learn more about Mellissa and her new book.
Montclair Girl: Who or what is your biggest source of inspiration for the book?
MG: Why was it important to offer the perspective of a biracial female child?
MG: What are your goals for this year?
MG: What’s a typical day look like for you?
What has been the highlight in your life so far?