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When Anne Ford, great-granddaughter of Henry Ford, learned that her four-year-old daughter Allegra?s ?differences? were the result of severe learning disabilities, she faced a challenge that neither money nor position could ease. Desperate for answers, Anne sought out doctors, teachers, counselors, and others who could help her build a support network for herself and her daughter, while fighting the many common misconceptions and myths about learning disabilities.
Now, in this ...
When Anne Ford, great-granddaughter of Henry Ford, learned that her four-year-old daughter Allegra’s “differences” were the result of severe learning disabilities, she faced a challenge that neither money nor position could ease. Desperate for answers, Anne sought out doctors, teachers, counselors, and others who could help her build a support network for herself and her daughter, while fighting the many common misconceptions and myths about learning disabilities.
Now, in this fiercely honest and compelling memoir, Anne tells her story, writing movingly of her feelings as the mother of a learning disabled child. “I grew to accept that life is filled with uncertainty and that answers to the most simple, yet profound, questions such as ‘What is wrong with my daughter?’ can be elusive. I learned to be self-reliant in ways I never had before. I learned that every spark of optimism and hope was something to be nurtured and treasured because sometimes they were the only comfort available. And I learned that worry had entered my life.”
In time, Anne Ford saw her daughter grow into a vibrant, loving, and independent adult with a passion for ice skating and a commitment to help other disabled children. Allegra Ford, now 32, lives independently and supported this book’s publication so “it could help other kids.” Anne’s experience led her to become a tireless activist on behalf of children and families faced with LD, including her service as Chairman of the Board of the National Center for Learning Disabilities from 1989 to 2001, and the writing of this book with John-Richard Thompson, an award-winning playwright and novelist.
In addition to Anne’s personal story, Laughing Allegra includes four invaluable special sections:
"A painfully honest memoir…Anne Ford's devotion, not her money and prominence, made the difference for her learning disabled daughter." —Detroit Free-Press
"An inspiring story that any parent with a 'special child' can relate to." —Barbara Walters
"Compelling…Strongly recommended." —Library Journal
"This poignant intimate portrait opens an often-hidden world and illuminates many ways learning disabilities shape the lives of entire families." —Publishers Weekly
|Introduction: A Guide to the Heart||xiii|
|Part I||Laughing Allegra|
|1||Baby Girl Uzielli||7|
|2||Why Are You Wandering Off Again?||19|
|3||A Beautiful Squiggle||30|
|4||She Doesn't Belong Here||40|
|6||First Day of School||59|
|7||A Great Gentleman Comes into Our Lives||68|
|8||Sprinkle a Little Pixie Dust||77|
|An Epilogue: It Can Be Done||133|
|Part II||Questions Parents Ask|
|Your First Questions||139|
|Your Legal Rights: Learning How to be a "Difficult" Parent||154|
|Part III||A Mother's Perspective|
|The Power of Words: Words Should Be Weighed, Not Counted||163|
|Homework: The Battle Zone||168|
|Mothers and Fathers: Understanding Each Other||172|
|On Their Own: Challenges of Life||176|
|From Here to There: The Challenges of Getting Around||179|
|Finances: The Challenges of Money||184|
|Employment: Challenges in the Workplace||186|
|Getting Along: The Challenges of Relationships||192|
|When I Am Gone: A Parent's Final Challenge||198|
|Part IV||Resource Guide for Parents|
|About the Authors||239|
Posted October 2, 2011
Posted November 6, 2011
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