I love stories where people change their minds about what they though they knew – especially teachers who not only interact with the child who inspired the story, but all the children he/she will come in contact with throughout his/her career.  Five Courageous Mothers is one of those stories.


Author Anne Tucker Roberts spent nearly 20 years teaching adolescents with developmental delays. Anne thought she understood Down’s syndrome until she learned the extraordinary backstory of one remarkable student. After his birth, his parents were urged to institutionalize him. Instead – they took him home. It is this mom’s astonishing story of creativity and perseverance that needed to be told. In all, five remarkable women share how they navigated the world of unknowns with challenging fits and starts. These women are the courageous pioneers for the educational and vocational programs that are in place today, and where children and young adults with Down syndrome now thrive. They are the quiet heroes in neighborhoods like yours and mine. They didn’t carry on about SAT scores or dresses for the prom. They weren’t worried about their teen drinking and driving – but about them thriving. Meet Hazel, Connie, Lisa Ann and Jane. Their stories of tenacity and love inspire even the bravest of us.

Each of us have our own stories to tell.  Those of us who started this journey before “free and appropriate education,” and before “mainstreaming” turned into “inclusion,” have very different stories. While I feel strongly about learning from others who blazed this road we’re now on together, it is possibly even more important for parents who don’t know the special education world first hand to spend some time with parents who live there.
Read Five Courageous Mothers for an introduction to new friends.


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Be sure to check out the other titles featured here this month for the A to Z Blogging Challenge and view the whole collection here:   Adult Fiction and Memoir on StoryClub  and children’s books and YA here on The Road.
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