Count Us In: Growing Up with Down Syndrome

Count Us In: Growing Up with Down Syndrome

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by Jason Kingsley, Mitchell Levitz
     
 

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Two young men with Down syndrome talk frankly about careers, friendships, school, sex, marriage, politics, and independence. Recipient of seven national awards, including the EDI Award from the National Easter Seal Society. Foreword by Joan Ganz Cooney.

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Two young men with Down syndrome talk frankly about careers, friendships, school, sex, marriage, politics, and independence. Recipient of seven national awards, including the EDI Award from the National Easter Seal Society. Foreword by Joan Ganz Cooney.

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In 1994, Jason Kingsley and Mitchell Levitz, two resourceful young men with Down syndrome, wrote a book about their condition, their situation, and their aspirations. At the time, the mere publication of Count Us In was regarded as extraordinary; many people had never imagined that individuals with Down syndrome could be so perceptive and articulate. Since that time, public awareness has progressed. And so, too, have coauthors Kingsley and Levitz, making it only natural that they update their candid, insightful book. An inclusionary message relevant to us all.
Denise Perry Donavin
Kingsley and Levitz write about education, employment, ambitions, families, sex and marriage, and their disability--Down syndrome--in a dialogue format. At Jason's birth, the obstetrician said that he'd never learn anything and should be institutionalized. Fortunately, the Kingsleys ignored this advice, and their son has since attended school, written poetry, registered to vote, and memorized scripts for appearances on "Sesame Street" and "The Fall Guy." Mitchell is an equally successful young man whose mother was one of the founders of the Parent Assistance Committee on Down Syndrome. Hearing about Down syndrome directly from these young men has a good deal more impact than reading any guide from a professional or even a parent. Their comments are eye-opening and heartening.
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PRAISE FOR COUNT US IN

"Their parents were told to expect nothing. But Jason Kingsley and Mitchell Levitz were lucky, because their parents didn’t listen. They gave their sons that chance to show how far they could go—and they’ve astounded everyone! Count Us In tells their story."—JANE PAULEY

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780547350851
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
01/12/1994
Sold by:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
208
Sales rank:
574,349
Lexile:
830L (what's this?)
File size:
1 MB

Meet the Author

JASON KINGSLEY graduated from high school in 1994 and in 1997 from Maplebrook School, a postsecondary transitional program. He has received the Joseph P. Kennedy Jr. Foundation Families Award, among many others recognizing his contribution toward better understanding and acceptance of people with developmental disabilities. He lives in Hartsdale, New York.


MITCHELL LEVITZ graduated from high school in 1991 and is now a consumer issues specialist at the Westchester Institute for Human Development. He also serves on the board of directors of the National Down Syndrome Society. In 2004 Mitchell received the Daniel Piper Self-Advocacy Award. He lives in Cortlandt Manor, New York.

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Count Us In: Growing Up with Down Syndrome 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book for class and I enjoyed it very much. The stories of the authors will make you laugh. Great read to learn about two different perspectives about down syndrome and how they dealt with having a developmental disability.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I know a person who used to be in my class and everyone was mean to her but there was one girl who was nice to her. I guess it was because she was sweet and hugged everyone. Now ihave a friend and her little brother has downs and it breaks my heart that we were mean. Everyone who has interactes with children with downs should read this book!
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MarVee More than 1 year ago
I gave this book to my Sister-in-law, mother of my 19 year old twin nephews who have Downs, and she really hasn't said anything about it, but my nephew Jamie loved it and I would certainly recommend it for any teenager with Downs, who can read and if they have been mainstreamed their classmates would also find it helpful