Count Us In: Growing Up with Down Syndrome

At ages nineteen and twenty two, respectively, Jason Kingsley and Mitchell Levitz shared their innermost thoughts, feelings, hopes, and dreams, their lifelong friendship and their experiences growing up with Down syndrome Their frank discussion of what mattered most in their lives careers, friendships, school, sex, marriage, finances, politics, and independence earned CouAt ages nineteen and twenty two, respectively, Jason Kingsley and Mitchell Levitz shared their innermost thoughts, feelings, hopes, and dreams, their lifelong friendship and their experiences growing up with Down syndrome Their frank discussion of what mattered most in their lives careers, friendships, school, sex, marriage, finances, politics, and independence earned Count Us In numerous national awards, including the EDI Award from the National Easter Seal Society More important, their wit, intelligence, candor, and charm made a powerful and inspirational statement about the full potential of people with developmental disabilities, challenging prevailing stereotypes Now, thirteen years later, the authors discuss their lives since then milestones and challenges, developments expected and unexpected in a new afterword.
Count Us In Growing Up with Down Syndrome At ages nineteen and twenty two respectively Jason Kingsley and Mitchell Levitz shared their innermost thoughts feelings hopes and dreams their lifelong friendship and their experiences growing

  • Title: Count Us In: Growing Up with Down Syndrome
  • Author: Jason Kingsley Mitchell Levitz
  • ISBN: 9780156031950
  • Page: 333
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1 thought on “Count Us In: Growing Up with Down Syndrome”

    1. This was a fantastic look into the lives and minds of two men who have Down Syndrome. This book gave me a better understanding of what it may be like to have Down Syndrome, and helped to illustrate the point that not all people who have Down Syndrome are the same, and they can learn and grow just like everyone else. It was great to learn about these two remarkable men.

    2. This book is one of the most inspirational I've ever read, proving that, regardless of labels, people are capable of amazing things when given the chance and included.

    3. This book captured my attention because I have a younger sister with Down syndrome (now almost 30), so I was interested in knowing how other adults with this genetic disorder feel about their disability. First of all, let me say 'Bravo!' to the two gentlemen who wrote this (and to their parents who raised them). They are incredibly intelligent, high-functioning, and driven individuals. They had already received many accolades and accomplished so much when this was written (at 19 and 22 years of [...]

    4. This was a pretty interesting book. It was neat to see life through these two young men's eyes. Their parents have done a lot for kids with disabilities. Also because I like sesame street so much, I think it was neat that Jason was a regular actor on the show when he was a little boy :) Another reason to love sesame street :)

    5. I first checked this book out when my son was only a few months old and diagnosed with Ds. While this book was an informative eye-opener, it was too much to absorb at that time. Now that my son is 8 years old, and I can appreciate this book so much more, and revel in it.

    6. What?: This book is about two young men with Down syndrome sharing their life experiences. One of the young men, Jason Kingsley, is the son of Sesame Street writer, Emily Perl Kingsley. The book is written in conversation style with each contributing to each topic or conversation. Their insights shed light on what it means to live with a disability and their desires to become independent. So What?: Students will get a first-hand perspective from individuals who live with a disability and who tal [...]

    7. I don't want to rate this with a number of stars. I didn't read it through. I picked it up because my godson is a young adult with DS and I thought it might give me some insight into his thoughts. These are 2 remarkable young men. Both of the doctor's who brought them into the world advised their parents to put them in an institution. They both graduated high school and are tax paying contributing members of society. Like all kids they have brought their parents joy and grief. They are individua [...]

    8. Two people who, as they say in their book subtitle, grew up with Down Syndrome wrote this book. Some of the text is written, and some is transcripts of conversations. There are discussions of issues like learning, having fun, getting married, politics, and relationships with people in their lives. The discussions of independence in general and driving a car in particular are interesting. The 2007 version has an Afterward at the end with updates.

    9. I enjoyed this to a point but it went on a little too long. It has a powerful message and there are some very touching moments but a lot is repetitive as well. It is, however, awesome that one of the author's moms wrote for Sesame Street!

    10. Good read - interesting to see how far things have come in terms of outlook, opportunities - both educational and employment - since these guys were born. Was also able to see the growth and maturing of the boys over the course of writing the book. Times have certainly changed.

    11. Difficult to follow the authors' writing style. It was challenging to read & wanted to quit it a few times, but I'm glad I persisted. Really gives you insight into living with Down Syndrome.

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