This is the book I'd want to read if I had had a child with Down syndrome. It's the book I'd recommend to parents who already have a child with Down syndrome, or for whom prenatal testing has indicated Down syndrome, and they are wondering what on earth the future holds. As a scientist working in the area of child health, I would also recommend it to all those people - teachers, health professionals including doctors, and policy makers - who work with people with disabilities or who make the decisions which affect them. --Professor Fiona Stanley AC Patron, Down Syndrome Association of Western Australia
A lot of books on Down syndrome cross my path, but I started reading this one and couldn't stop. Jan Gothard's fascinating, wide-ranging research opens a window onto families' lives and shows us, dramatically, just why we can have greater expectations for people with Down syndrome in the 21st century. --Michael Berube, Paterno Family Professor in Literature, Pennsylvania State University
About the Author
Dr Jan Gothard teaches 20th century Australian history, Australian/Asian relations, and Australian environmental history in the School of Social Sciences and Humanities at Murdoch University, Western Australia. Her research interests include migration, disability, and oral history. Dr Gothard has authored and co-authored a number of publications.