"This extraordinary book should be read by every parent of a child with Down syndrome! With exquisite detail and eloquent personal intimacy, Greg Palmer shares with us every aspect of parenting a young adult with Down syndrome. The joys, disappointments, fears, rewards, challenges, and the overwhelming love and pride--it's all here, beautifully told with humor and passionate authenticity. The book resonated with me on every page."
-- Emily Perl Kingsley, parent, writer for Sesame Street, former member of the National Down Syndrome Congress Board of Directors
Adventures in the Mainstream:
Coming of Age with Down Syndrome
Second Edition [Bennett & Hastings, 2012]
A warm, wry account by his father of two important years in the life of Ned Palmer, a young man with Down syndrome, as he makes the transition from high school student to working adult. The story is woven with vivid anecdotes from 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. The book 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.
Adventures in the Mainstream was first commissioned and published by Woodbine House (2005); the second edition includes an afterword about the experience of Ned and his family in the decade since Adventures was written.
Adventures in the Mainstream, under the title Ned & Me, has also been published in Hebrew by Yesod Press of Jerusalem.