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Q28: Loving Andrew – Epilogue

Loving Andrew: A Fifty-Two-Year Story of Down Syndrome

John and Lisa talk about what it was like for them growing up with Andy. For the most part, they seem to have “typical” sibling relationships. How did you react to the memories they shared? “Andrew was aware of his

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Q24: Life With Charley – Da Weal Santa

Some people call it learned helplessness – asking for help with things they are completely capable of doing.  Some adults who have Down syndrome have learned to manipulate the unsuspecting. One of the girls in the church, Alyx, comes over

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Q19: Life With Charley – Pwomp and Circumstance

Romantic relationships can be difficult, for parents. Unfortunately, the object of your affection doesn’t always love you back, as Charley found out. “Jamie got boyfwent,” he announced one day while watching a movie. “Dat guy cherk.” Welcome to the world

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Q32: Adventures in the Mainstream

Q 32)  “Almost exactly a year ago I got a call from a producer at Edge Media, a video production company based in Atlanta. Edge had been commissioned by the publishers Holt, Rinehart, and Winston to produce a series of

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Q25: Adventures in the Mainstream

Q 25)   “So we decided that it was time for Ned to confront the reason he needs such special instruction.  We decided to tell him he has a disability, and try to do it as simply and straightforwardly as

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Q20: Adventures in the Mainstream

Q 20)  “The room was full of people with disabilities, almost all adults, and their parents.  I’d seen it before a dozen times, but this time it was impossible for me not to compare the assembly with the people on

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Q3: Adventures in the Mainstream

Q3) “Ned didn’t need a car. Ned will never need a car, though I’m not sure he realizes that. When Ira turned sixteen and got his driver’s license, Ned talked a lot about how he could hardly wait until he

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