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Sam’s Top Secret Journal Series

Sam's Top Secret Jounal

Sam’s Top Secret Journal Series

Why write a series staring a person with Down syndrome?

There are so many reasons, but first and for most would be to create hope and expectations for parents, siblings and society.  Dev and Sue once heard Karen Gaffney
(http://www.karengaffneyfoundation.com/) state: “I am not the exception, I am the possibility”.   I think that is the same reason we wanted to have a literary figure for others to have in mind.

When you are a new parent you believe everything is possible.  Your child will grow up to understand physics like *** Hawkins,  sing like Barbara ***, play in the NFL like *** Elway, create like Oprah ***,  be a doctor/lawyer/teacher…    As the child grows into their own person those hopes and dreams get modified and the parent (hopefully) starts to consider realistic dreams for that child: college, family, a job…happiness…   When you get an early diagnosis it seems all of those hopes and dreams are sucked into a vortex of doom.  The dreams turn to worries.  Our hope is to help keep those dreams alive for parents, kids and society.  If we can help society change it’s viewpoint from measuring things someone can not do, to valuing ABILITY and appreciating differences each of us brings, than we will be happy.

The stories in the “Sam” series are fictional, but every thing that Sam does in the books is something our daughter Dev has done in real life.  Does that mean every child with Down syndrome will be able to do the things that Sam does, of course not, every child is different, some will do more some less.  But if you never knew about Anne Frank, Einstein, MLK, Mare Curie the list goes on and on, how limited our dreams would be.  The stories written about these lager than life people expand our dreams and hopes for our own lives.  Our goals may be kind of lofty but that is the reason for writing the books.  We hope that you enjoy them, and share them freely.

Sean and Sue Adelman

 

 

 

 

 

 

2013 Puget Sound Buddy Walk

2013 Puget Sound Buddy Walk

All I think I need to do is play the video…  We are so proud of her.  We gave her a questionnaire to fill out to help her focus her speech.  She answered the questions, then we put it into Keynote as a prompt for the performance!  She practiced at school, even with the speech […]

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Help with #*?# Math…

Help with #*?# Math…

Wow, what a way to come home…  I was at a school meeting last night for Dev’s younger brother.  He just started 6th grade Band, so I had to go the the introduction meeting.  I left Dev and her brother home with dinner and a schedule.  Dad was still at the office, but hopefully home […]

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Proud Mama

Proud Mama

I am a mid westerner at heart.  Kind, thoughtful, reserved…  So being at a cheer leader camp is a little out of my comfort zone…  450 plus high school cheer leaders, coaches, leadership staff and the National Cheer Association staff all in one gym is a little beyond my normal tolerance for “HAPPY”… But…  It […]

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Denver! Part one the Round Table

Denver!  Part one the Round Table

“WoW” is still where I am about the convention and it has been a week. We have never been to the National Down Syndrome Congress convention before.  We have chugged along in our own world and I think we have done pretty well.  Dev knows she has DS, but we don’t really ever talk about […]

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Parenting…

Parenting…

Sean and I are blessed to have 3 wonderful kids.  Parenting is the hardest job ever.  Most of us when we think about having kids we only think of the baby.  We do not think about “tweens” frustrations or adolescence rebellion. Our oldest will be off to college this fall and our youngest moved out […]

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Unified Sports…

Unified Sports…

Sports are a fun way to stay physically fit, learn rules, make friends, create community. When you sign any child up for preschool dance/soccer/swim lessons you get great pictures, new friends, a few minuets of free space…  This is true of all parents.               We have been strong supporters […]

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Devon’s Vietnam

Devon’s Vietnam

Here are Dev’s thoughts about Vietnam in her own words.  I did add a few punctuation marks this time and lead her a bit with the ideas, but the rest is all Dev!  She had to do a power point for school too Hi I’m Devon. I would like to share my story about my […]

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iPad Winner for “Sam’s Top Secret Journal” Contest

iPad Winner for “Sam’s Top Secret Journal” Contest

“Sam’s Top Secret Journal–book 1–We Spy” is a fun, middle reader, chapter mystery that happens to have a main character with Down Syndrome. The reason for the book is multi-facited. 1.  Inspire,   trying to inspire families touched by DS by showing what can be possible 2.  Inclusion,  showing class mates, siblings, teachers what can be […]

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Vietnam

Vietnam

Wow it is hard to believe, we will be in Vietnam in less than a week. We will be having some fun, teaching some medical stuff and some conversational English.  We will also be leading by example when it comes to INCLUSION and ACCEPTANCE. The new story about the teen with DS that made the […]

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Win an Ipad!

Win an Ipad!

Raise Expectations is running a contest to win a new iPad!   The contest will start Monday March 4th and end April 17th 2013. Enter the contest by sending  in your answer to the question: “How did Sam describe her dad after trying out his new bike in their driveway on his birthday?” from the […]

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