Health & Beauty – Orlando Mom Pens Book on Raising Special Needs Child

lataashbyrdYou never know. You never know how your life experience can help someone else.

We’re glad for La Taasha Byrd, a Orlando mom who recently wrote her first book titled, “Inclusion is for the Included: A Collection of Stories from a Special Needs Mom,” and we’re elated that people everywhere could be helped by the stories in the book.

Byrd said she needed a release, to get the stories out.

“These experiences have been difficult and cathartic to write about, yet if they help one person, then I have done well, ” said Byrd, stay-at-home mom to one daughter born with Down Syndrome.

The book is set to be released on Wednesday, August 3 but pre-orders are available now via the website: A book signing and release party is planned for this Saturday, July 30, from 12-2 p.m. at the Down Syndrome Association of Central Florida. Location: 204 N. Wymore Road, Winter Park, FL  32789.

After the release date it will be available via the website and Amazon, according to the book publisher The Grace of God, Inc.

“It takes a village to raise a child and when that child has a disability it is not unforeseeable that you may need the village, the next three towns over, twelve states and a continent other than that you live on. Travel the road less taken with these stories from a special needs mother as she shares the good, the bad, and the down-right horrible along her journey of parenting.”

A Monticello, Florida native, Byrd holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University and a Master of Science degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Central Florida. She is a proud, self-proclaimed ‘Mom-Schooler’ and chronicles the journey of homeschooling a child with exceptionality on her Facebook blog, Countdown to K.

For more information about the book, contact La Taasha Byrd via email: or Facebook:


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