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Ups and Downs: Stories of Family, Community, and Down Syndrome

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dc.contributor.advisor Goodwin, Stephen
dc.contributor.author Dolson, Erica M
dc.creator Dolson, Erica M
dc.date 2014-04-30
dc.date.accessioned 2014-10-07T14:47:04Z
dc.date.available 2019-04-30T06:38:19Z
dc.date.issued 2014-10-07
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/1920/9008
dc.description.abstract From the time my brother Nicholas was born, my family knew he was different – and we knew our lives would be different because of him. Nicholas had Down syndrome. His first days were spent in the hospital; his first years were spent at therapy sessions. In 1996, when I was in fourth grade, Nicholas died suddenly, leaving me to wonder about the ways that his life with Down syndrome and his early death both shaped and shattered the identity of my family. In 2009, at my first full-time job out of college, I met Brian Guillaume, a young school board member whose first son, Anthony, was born with Down syndrome. Through the story of my family, the story of the Guillaume family, and the story of how our two families connected, this thesis explores the ways that Down syndrome affects a family and a community.
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject Down syndrome en_US
dc.subject Carlisle (Pa.) en_US
dc.subject Families en_US
dc.subject Communities en_US
dc.title Ups and Downs: Stories of Family, Community, and Down Syndrome en_US
dc.type Thesis en
dc.description.note This thesis has been embargoed for 5 years and will not be available until April 30, 2019. en_US
thesis.degree.name Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing en_US
thesis.degree.level Master's en
thesis.degree.discipline Creative Writing en
thesis.degree.grantor George Mason University en


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