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Book Review and Group Discussion

Book Review with Guiding Questions (48KB) [download]

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Books can be a wonderful avenue for exploring the views and insights of others. In the case of people experiencing a disability, either personally or through a family member, it affords the opportunity to better understand the challenges that may be part of that experience and the personal growth that often results.

As part of the CO LEND Family Strand, the LEND Family Faculty select a pair of books about people living with a developmental disability for trainees to read and review in class. One book is from the parent's perspective and the other is from the perspective of a person with a developmental disability. Previous selections have included:

  • Count Us In: Growing Up with Down Syndrome, by Jason Kingsley and Mitchell Levitz
  • Following Ezra: What One Father Learned About Gumby, Otters, Autism, and Love From His Extraordinary Son, by Tom Fields-Meyer

Guiding questions are provided to the trainees and utilized by Family Faculty to facilitate discussion about the books during a class session.

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