Q2: Adventures in the Mainstream

Q2) In the first chapter, Palmer sets up the struggle he intends to show his readers: How parents of children who have Down syndrome think about the transition from child to adult.

“Can a very verbal, very social young man with Down syndrome find safety and happiness in a world where his parents will ultimately desert him, in a most inconsiderate way, by dying?”

“A child growing up and going away is sad; a child not able to grow up, and with no place to go, is something far worse….it means that no matter what his mother and I do, some day Ned will have to depend on the kindness of strangers.” p. 4

Do you have similar fears? What if your child is not “very verbal, very social?”

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