Adventures in the Mainstream: Coming of Age with Down Syndrome (2nd Edition)

Adventures in the Mainstream: Coming of Age with Down Syndrome (2nd Edition)

by Greg Palmer, Cathy Palmer

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Greg Palmer, an award-winning writer and producer of PBS documentaries and plays for families, chronicles two of the most important years in the life of his son, Ned, who has Down syndrome-the time when he's making the transition from high school to work. This intimate, often humorous, account is woven with vivid anecdotes concerning school, family, relationships, and work (both Ned's and Greg's), including a father-son cruise around the British Isles;, Ned's band conducting debut;, and an amusing visit to a Hooters restaurant. Greg makes us care about his son's strengths and foibles as he does, whether describing how Ned impresses strangers by reciting poetry and playing the piano or his struggles to learn to handle money, responsibility, and the death of a friend. An absorbing and insightful read, ADVENTURES IN THE MAINSTREAM offers reassurance to other parents and enlightens us all about what's really involved-for father and son-in a young man's important journey from adolescence toward adulthood. This edition includes an afterword about the experiences of Ned and his family in the decade since ADVENTURES was written.

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BN ID: 2940150658486
Publisher: Bennett & Hastings Publishing
Publication date: 09/29/2014
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 348
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Greg Palmer was a writer of books, plays, articles, speeches, advertising, and news, reviews, feature stories and documentaries for commercial and public television and radio for more than forty years. At the tender age of 27, he won the prestigious Peabody Award for radio humor. He was the Arts and Entertainment editor at KING TV in Seattle for 13 years, during which time his work won thirteen regional Emmy awards, the Ohio State Award for Children�s Television, and several other accolades. And he is undoubtedly the only person in the world who has been designated both the California Funeral Directors� Media Man of the Year and an Official Hero of the People�s Republic of Georgia.
His books include The GI�s Rabbi: World War II Letters of David Max Eichhorn (edited with Mark S. Zaid); Adventures in the Mainstream: Coming of Age with Down Syndrome, the story of two years in the life of his younger son Ned; Death: The Trip of a Lifetime, a compelling, funny and moving examination of the ultimate subject; and Cheese Deluxe: A Memoir. As a writer/producer and on-screen host, he created Vaudeville, Death: The Trip of a Lifetime, The Art of Magic, and Videogame Revolution for national broadcast on PBS. He also wrote Part III of The Perilous Fight: World War II in Color, a joint British-US production for PBS.

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