Count Us In: Growing Up with Down Syndrome [NOOK Book]


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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Count Us In: Growing Up with Down Syndrome

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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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"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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780547350851
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 1/12/1994
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 749,564
  • Lexile: 830L (what's this?)
  • File size: 1,002 KB

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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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
1 About This Book: "Every Single One Counts" 10
2 Who We Are: "People Like Me for My Charm" 15
3 Our Friendship: "It Will Always Be There" 29
4 Having Down Syndrome: "There's More to It Than I Expected" 35
5 At School: "Easy Steps to Get to Hard Work" 45
6 Having Fun: "I Feel Happy and Hoppy" 57
7 Girls and Sex: "The Tummy Is Sexy and the Shoulder Is Friendly" 71
8 Marriage and Children: "A Together Bed for You and Me" 88
9 Important People in Our Lives: "The Kind of Person I'd Like to Be" 106
10 Beliefs, Traditions, Loss, and Grief: "Calmly Relaxing Angel" 119
11 Politics and World Affairs: "Citizens of All the World" 126
12 Becoming Independent: "Get Off My Back Please!" 142
13 Our Future Plans: "It's the End of a Story, but a New Chapter in Our Book" 162
Afterword 181
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 15, 2013

    Great biik Great story

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 14, 2013


    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 17, 2012

    I loved this book. This is a great account of what is like for any developmentally disabled child, teen or adult in day to day life. Can be read by the dd person themselves. I would highly reccommend this book to anyone especially the diabled.

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  • Posted February 20, 2010

    I gave this book to my Sister-in-law

    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

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