Marva Bicknell is a Nashville-based writer, editor, content strategist and advocate. As a mother of a child with Down Syndrome and a member of the Native American community, Marva turned her passion for special needs and cultural awareness into a successful business with the release of Jon's Bouncing Ball. Written in the style of the Native American oral tradition, Jon’s Bouncing Ball takes the reader on an artistically inspiring journey through the lens of a child with special needs and is sure to widen the world view of any young reader.

 A remarkable figure in the disability and advocacy community, Marva has volunteered and served on numerous non-profit and advocacy boards throughout her life. She has an authentic desire to connect the lives of everyone in her community through the sharing of experiences. When Marva isn’t writing or serving, she enjoys fishing at her lake home in Gallatin, Tennessee with her husband Tim, their adult children, and their dog Louie.

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Marva Dale Bicknell


Jon lives in Nashville, volunteers twice a week delivering meals to home-bound and senior citizens, is an accomplished athlete, leads a full, and extremely active life.