First time in paperback—with new material on denial and siblings—this candid, inspiring memoir by the great-granddaughter of Henry Ford is "a gift for all parents...An insightful guide through the challenges and rewards of parenting."—Tom BrokawWhen Anne Ford learned that her four-year-old daughter Allegra's "differences" were the result of severe learning disabilites, she faced a challenge that neither money nor position could ease. It was 1976, a time when there was limited information and resources available for parents confronted with this problem. Desperate for help and answers, Anne sought out doctors, schools, tutors, and summer camps for her daughter. In time, Anne saw her daughter grow into a vibrant, loving, and independent adult with a passion for ice skating and a commitment to help other children with disabilities. Now 30, Allegra lives on her own. In addition to her memoir, Anne Ford includes three special resource sections: answers to the most commonly asked questions about LD, where to find help, and a discussion on the challenges of homework, money, relationships, the workplace, and planning as the LD child and the parents age. A parent's advocacy book, Laughing Allegra is for any parent who has a child with any disability.
Anne gives an overview of the book:
Anne Ford served as Chairman of the Board of the National Center for Learning Disabilities from 1989 to 2001, and is currently Chairman Emeritus. As with many parents, her interest in the subject was greatly heightened when her daughter was diagnosed with a learning...