The Friends of the Waldoboro Public Library are offering a free online presentation of Derek Volk, bestselling author of “Chasing the Rabbit: A Dad’s Life Raising a Son on the Spectrum” at 6.30pm on Tuesday January 12th.
Volk is the author of the internationally renowned Amazon bestseller “Chasing the Rabbit: A Dad’s Life Raising a Son on the Spectrum”. Volk is a Maine businessman, autism awareness supporter, volunteer and philanthropist who along with his family was named Spurwink Humanitarian of the Year 2015. He is currently President and Owner of Volk Packaging Corp. , a third-generation family-owned corrugated box manufacturer in Biddeford.
Volk and his son, Dylan, have been traveling the country to share their story since the book’s publication. They have presented over 100 times with people from Maine to Washington and 22 states in between. Volk’s business currently employs several people with autism.
In 2018, Dylan released a sequel titled “Bad Choices Make Good Stories: My Life With Autism.” Dylan’s book won the prestigious Mom’s Choice Awards Gold Medal and was named one of the Best Books of 2018 by the New England Book Fair.
Dylan, Volk’s oldest child and his only son, was 2 when his mother suggested something was wrong with Dylan. The family struggled for the next several years as they moved from expert to expert, each offering a unique perspective on Dylan’s difficult behaviors. Finally, at age 8, Dylan was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome and the Volk family were able to begin to understand Dylan’s differences.
In “Chasing the Rabbit: A Dad’s Life Raising a Son on the Spectrum”, Volk shares his experiences raising a son on the autism spectrum. Both Dylan and Derek Volk write about the challenges, triumphs, and coping strategies of the early days of adolescence through to “real world” life as a young adult. The book presents the unique relationship between a father and his son who has spent his entire life chasing after rabbits.
This presentation will take place via Zoom. The link to the presentation will be available on January 6. For more information call the library at 832-4484 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.