Coming soon from eFitzgerald... available in print and in eformat

Hello and welcome to our book's blog. How David Met Sarah is the story of a young man with Down Syndrome who falls in love with a young woman with autism. What makes How David Met Sarah different from any of my previous work is that I wrote the book for my youngest brother. He is 36 and has Down Syndrome.
I wrote How David Met Sarah with two goals in mind: to give my brother a story he could read and enjoy on his own, as well as one that had a hero with which he could identify. Like the main character in the story, my brother lives at home with his parents, works in a mail room and has even been in love.
I didn't intend to publish the story at first. My brother loved the initial chapters, and that was enough to encourage me to complete it. But one day I needed a sample manuscript to use at a writing workshop. The only work in progress I had to share was this one. I used the opening chapters in the workshop, and the response was so positive, I was encouraged to share the story with everyone.
How David Met Sarah is a story that is not only accessible to those with developmental disabilities, but also offers insight into what it's like to live with such a disability. My brother and I hope everyone enjoys it. Thanks for stopping by....Annie Kelleher (and David Kelly)

Saturday, October 1, 2011

October is...

National Down's (or Down*) Syndrome Awareness Month!

- People with Down's have 47 chromosomes, not 46.  No one understands exactly what causes the condition, but it is known to occur at conception. 

- There are approximately 400,000 people with Down's Syndrome living in the United States today. 

-Although likelihood increases with maternal age (and some researchers say paternal age as well) most children with Down's Syndrome are born to women under 35.

- It is the most common genetic condition and it occurs in all races, both sexes, and throughout the world. 

- People with Down's Syndrome are more like people without Down's, than unlike.       
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