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[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]I’ve only started this book – finishing my first chapter – but it is impacting me on many levels.

Yes, it’s because Alison is a person that I considered a friend. And it’s because I find myself wandering alone a lot in the Down syndrome community, through all the parent calls that just don’t understand the disability experience yet want a voice in it, want to lead it. I find myself wanting to tease out tendrils of thought that explore value, identity, the intersections of body, mind and spirit, and the power of choice. Alison was a person that I could count on to do that with – she was someone I respected, valued and always looked forward to hearing from.

This book is her last gift to us, brought forth by her friends, George Estreich and Rachel Addams in this gift of love.

You can get the book on Amazon, linked here: Unexpected . It might be available elsewhere; I’m sorry but I just don’t have time to dig up the links like I usually do.

George and hopefully Rachel will be joining me in a Zoom interview, so if you are able to read it before the interview, you can participate in it as well.

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