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A complimentary Newsletter for children with special needs, chronic illness and learning challenges/

Special Announcement

Welcome to Professor Owl’s Book Corner!
(Formerly Professor Owl’s Publication Centre)

Over the past year we have made several changes to our newsletter trying to make it even better for our subscribers and here we grow again!

You will now be able to click on a link to get our newsletter directly to your computer.
We are pleased to announce big changes, a new website, new services and exciting new content! Stay tuned for more updates!

Professor Owl’s Book Corner is a hub of resources for children with special needs, chronic illness and learning challenges. Each month we produce a complimentary newsletter to showcase special activities, news and crafts for those who are sick or have needs out of the ordinary.
These activities include reading challenges, games, safe web surfing, prizes and a special page; where we feature monthly heroes  from the Variety Foundation, their stories are told on how they have followed and accomplished their dreams and have overcome or are living with their illnesses.
Professor Owl will also give monthly book reviews and news on the latest children’s books that have been released and also reading challenges. There will be books listed for all ages so no one will be left out.
Our June 2010 Newsletter is now available at


Professor Owl’s Hero of the month – April 2010

For young adults with developmental disabilities Variety Village offers a Lifestyle,

Independence, Nutrition, Knowledge, and Sports (L.I.N.K.S.) program. The program currently has 23 young adults (ages 21 to 45) enrolled and a substantial waiting list. Through educational and fun programs, such as exercise, sports, swimming, nutritional planning and cooking, current events, computer training and community outings, members become more self-aware and self-reliant while developing friendships, and team building and leadership skills. LINKS participant, Aidoo has really progressed since joining the program in 2005. He has made a lot of new friends and he has gained a lot of confidence in himself through learning to read.

Aidoo Variety Village Hero April.

Aidoo Variety Village Hero April.

AIDOO: “I have been in the L.I.N.K.S program since April 1, 2005 and I have learned a lot of new things. One of them is how to read and write. When I began, I barely was able to recognize the letters of the alphabet. I began to trace them on worksheets. With practice writing in a daily journal and working with the staff on our outings to the library, I began to recognize small words such as hat, cat and bat. I found a “Cat in the Hat” book at the library and was excited when I could figure out many of the words. Eventually, I was able to read more words and gain confidence in my new-found skill.”

Professor Owl’s daily quote

Don’t let what you can’t do stop you from doing what you can do.

John Wooden, the first person ever enshrined as the Basketball Hall of Fame as both a player (1961) and as a coach (1973).

Professor Owl’s daily quote

Misfortune can force you into doing things you should be doing anyway. Lessons come from adversity. Anything can happen to anyone… You can find a new lease on life – more meaning than you thought possible in simple things… Let go. Live in the moment. Go forward.
Christopher Reeve

Professor Owl’s Daily Quote

“Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement, nothing can be done without hope and confidence.” — Helen Keller

Professor Owl’s Daily quotation

“It always seems impossible until its done.”

—Nelson Mandela
(1918-); former President of South Africa

Professor Owl’s daily quotation

“Treat people as if they were what they ought to be and you help them become what they are capable of being.”
-Goethe, philosopher