Rachel Simon, author of Riding the Bus with My Sister, will be the keynote speaker for Beat the Heat 2014. She is an award-winning author and a nationally-recognized speaker on issues related to diversity and disability. Riding the Bus with My Sister is Rachel’s memoir of the year she spent riding the bus with her sister, Cool Beth. Beth, a spirited woman with an intellectual disability, spends her days riding buses in her unnamed Pennsylvanian city. The bus drivers are her mentors and her fellow passengers her community. In this book Rachel brings light to the almost invisible world of adults with developmental disabilities, finds unlikely heroes in everyday life and show us Beth, as the joyful, feisty, independent person she is.
Check out Rachel’s PBS NewsHour interview with Judy Woodruff: http://www.rachelsimon.com/mm_video_pbs.php