Wyncote Hosts Local Author Jocelyn Hoffman, Learns about Disabilities and Prosthetics
In observance of Disability Awareness month, on Monday, April 22, Wyncote’s kindergarten through second graders hosted local author and CSD parent Jocelyn Hoffman, who has written “Emmy Goes to Kindergarten” and “Emmy’s Amazing Hand” about the unique abilities of her daughter Emmy who was born without fingers on her right hand because of a condition called symbrachydactyly. Hoffman spoke to students about celebrating uniqueness and how differences are not something to fear. The students asked questions about her daughter, prosthetics and writing and explored a variety of prosthetics.
“Emmy Goes to Kindergarten” is set at Cheltenham Elementary School and is “about a special little girl embarking on the elementary school adventure.” Hoffman wrote “Emmy’s Amazing Hand” in 2016 and “captures how a child with a physical difference develops her own ways to complete activities that children participate in on a daily basis.” Both books are illustrated by local Gary Undercuffler, the husband of retired CES teacher Dianna Undercuffler.