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by Jane B. Schulz

eBook Grown Man Now download ISBN: 1935095056
Author: Jane B. Schulz
Publisher: in2Wit, llc; 1st edition (June 13, 2008)
Language: English
Pages: 240
ePub: 1448 kb
Fb2: 1398 kb
Rating: 4.2
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Grown Man Now: Memoir of a Special Educator

Now we can all be in her class!

Grown Man Now grants a rare and welcome perspective from a respected writer who is a professional educator, an author of groundbreaking textbooks (see About the Author), and a mother of four adults, one of whom has Down syndrome and is the book s Grown Man Now.

Many books offer insight into the life and development of infants, children and teens with Down syndrome. Grown Man Now lays its foundation here, but the difference between this book and others about people with special needs is its message that life doesn't end when school is over. In fact, for most individuals the most challenging years involve adult concerns: housing and home life, work, health, spirituality and community.

Billy's early years coincide with momentous American social movements: departure from institutionalizing children with disabilities, development of integration and civil rights movements, and federal legislation requirements for the education of children with disabilities through mainstreaming to inclusion. Grown Man Now reminds us of how far we have come in our understanding of people with special needs. It paints an intimate portrait of such an individual as well as a broader panorama of social change surrounding his development. People who are now enjoying the expression and reward of self-advocacy, independent and interdependent individuals who enjoy their lives, and communities that embrace the value and inspiration of diverse people will be moved and enlightened by this book.

Jane B. Schulz, EdD taught thousands of students during her career: college students, mainstreamed elementary students, special education classes and kindergarten. Through this deeply personal, honest memoir, she is still teaching, and now the audience includes us all.

Dr. Schulz lives and works a message of love and outreach, and in Grown Man Now she teaches us all to overcome obstacles, to understand and celebrate diversity, to avoid prejudice in all forms, to include people of all circumstance, and to advocate for those we love and for those in need. Her book is as her students describe her: warm, stimulating, engaging, penetrating, and funny; it is incorporated as required reading in college classrooms.

Grown Man Now is a personal journey as well as a historical one. Born in the 1920s, her early years convey the family life and exterior forces that molded her character into this determined peacemaker and civil rights pioneer. In 1956, at a time when people with Down syndrome were called Mongoloid and were considered hopeless and disposable, her third son, Billy, was born with the disability not diagnosed for over a year. Schulz's life and memoir chronicle the development of hope and opportunity for people with disabilities from Billy's infancy through the present, where the reader is given a rich portrayal of the life of a middle-aged man with Down syndrome, a grown man now.

See Jane and Billy Schulz in videos on several pivotal topics (Advocacy for People with Disabilities, Education Then and Now, Real Work / Real Community, Independence and Interdependence) and share some lighter moments (Frogs, Pool Shark Billy) on their website,

Also available, unabridged, as an audio MP3-CD which syncs online for chapter titles. Live the triumphs, heartbreak and laughter with the author and her son, Billy--their story, in their own voices. Inspiring on a daily walk or drive. Excellent for people with visual disabilities.

Play time approx. 11 hours.

Comments: (7)
GROWN MAN NOW first came into my hands as a gift from a person who knew that I had experience raising a son with severe challenges as a very young child. After reading it I ordered more from Amazon to give to friends who had had similar experiences. I wanted them to read a book very well written, engaging from the very first and, although heavily focused on the development of her child with Down Syndrome, is also about the author who met the challenges of raising four children, three of whom had no developmental problems. While confronting the burdens for over half a century of daily attention to the more needy child, who is GROWN MAN NOW in the book, she continued her own schooling through a PhD degree, teaching at the university level, helping to support and later care for a husband who had a stroke, releasing her other children into the world as educated, successful, contributing members of society, all of whom still love to come home and who love and cherish the company of their brother.

To me, although I certainly appreciate the contribution of GROWN MAN NOW to the development of the book, I am equally struck by the story of a woman whose life, as she tells it, is an inspiration to those of us who from time to time look back with a degree of self-pity for the hardships which have befallen us, and are cheered on by seeing that hardships can offer life great benefits if confronted with the grit to refuse to allow despair to introduce impotence into, and drive hope from, our lives. Reading the book helped me to recall the old hymns which enjoin us to "brighten the corner where we are" and to "blossom where we're planted."
In Grown Man Now, Dr. Jane Schulz tells the story of how she and her family navigate and journey down the unexpected, sometimes difficult, and yet beautiful path that her son Billy, born with Down syndrome, has taken them. She shares the struggles and successes, tears of heartbreak and triumph that all of them experience from the time Billy is welcomed home at birth through the celebration of his fiftieth birthday. With an openness that invites you into their lives, Dr. Schulz provides a candid look at the trials and triumphs, both great and small, they encounter. Her honesty is a gift to the reader in this engaging narrative that offers a special and rare insight into a world that for some of us has heretofore been unexplored or unexposed. Speaking as a mother, advocate, and educator, Dr. Schulz also brings to light the roles--and importance of--society, educational institutions, community, and family.

Remarkable as this story is, it is also very down-to-earth. There are no magic formulas or exotic secrets to how this family thrives. The tools Billy and his family employ in getting through their day-to-day lives are the simple core values of any relationship: commitment, courage, fairness, and respect. The giving of love and support to each other seems as natural as breathing, their generosity of spirit boundless.

Whether or not your life is touched by someone with a disability, or whether or not you are a parent, Grown Man Now is uplifting and inspiring. It is also a reminder that everyone has a grace and beauty that need opportunities to be seen and to be shown.

When I put down the book after finishing it in two readings (in which I laughed and cried), my first thought was that even though reading the book made me feel part of the Schulz family, I would love to have the extraordinary--yet also ordinary--experience of having dinner with them! Beyond that, I hoped that despite closing the book's cover, I would carry the lessons I had just learned in Grown Man Now with me through part of every day.
Billy Granson
January 17, 2010
The book is absolutely wonderful. I only got to page 10 over breakfast but it already captured my full attention. I cannot wait to read more (of course I already needed Kleenex to keep reading!)

January 18, 2010
I got to chapter 5 over breakfast this morning and I am thoroughly enjoying it. There is so much honesty in Jane's writing, I am amazed!
It feels like I am just getting to know the whole family. It also makes me feel better knowing that alcoholism, battles between family members, loss of loved ones and other challenges are not just part of my life, but others as well. No one is alone with this. Also there is no shame in it so we can admit to it and talk about it. Thanks so much for sharing this book with me!

January 19, 2010
Finished. I wish it wasn't over. No sugar coating, no making it sound better or easier than it is, but somehow it is still full of hope and optimism. It truly spoke to me! Thank you!
I recommend this book not only as a medical professional who works with children and adults with a variety of disabilities, but also as an individual looking in on another family's struggles and victories.
Jane takes you right to the core of life and what it is all about.