On Their Own: Creating an Independent Future for Your Adult Child With Learning Disabilities and ADHD: A Family Guide (Google eBook)

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HarperCollins, Aug 18, 2009 - Family & Relationships - 320 pages
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An indispensable guide to the special challenges faced by parents of learning-disabled children as they enter adulthood, by the author of Laughing Allegra, a leading activist and parent of an adult child with LD.

In 2003 Anne Ford (great-granddaughter of Henry Ford) published Laughing Allegra, about the struggles of raising her learning-disabled daughter, and received a flood of letters from parents of children with LD, ADD, and ADHD, many expressing concerns about what to do as their children age.

On Their Own is an invaluable road map to ease these parents' fears and answer their questions, especially the one that haunts them daily: Will or can their child be on their own, and how? In a candid, sympathetic style, laced with real-life stories, the book covers such topics as:

  • Social skills and dating
  • Staying healthy
  • Sibling relationships
  • Interaction with employers and co-workers
  • Job hunting
  • Finding the right college or trade school
  • Estate planning

Also included are a comprehensive resource guide and exclusive interviews with prominent professionals who have surmounted their learning disabilities: CEO's Sir Richard Branson, John Chambers, David Neeleman, and Charles Schwab, and former governor Gaston Caperton.

  

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Contents

THE TROUBLE WITH LEARNING
SIGNS OF LD IN ADULTS
HOW TO GET TESTED FOR LD AND WHY
QUESTIONS TO ASK IN AN EVALUATION
HOW MUCH WILL IT COST?
WHERE TO FIND A QUALIFIED PROFESSIONAL
ON THEIR OWN
THE PARENT OF THE DIAGNOSED CHILD VS THE PARENT OF THE UNDIAGNOSED CHILD
THE FIRST JOB IS FINDING A JOB
THE RESUME AND COVER LETTER
THE INTERVIEW
DISCLOSING A LEARNING DISABILITY
DISCLOSURE AND THE LAW
HOW TO DISCLOSE
THE DEFINITION OF REASONABLE
HOW TO DETERMINE THE NEEDED ACCOMMODATIONS

THE FINE ART OF BITING YOUR TONGUE
HEARTTOHEART
LESSONS LEARNEDA CHECKLIST OF REALITIES
THE PRODIGAL SON
THE FUTURE AND THE NONLD SIBLING
A MESSAGE FOR BROTHERS AND SISTERS
THE MYTH OF THE LONER
THE NUANCES OF FRIENDSHIP
A PARENTS ROLE IN FRIENDSHIP
THE CARE AND MAINTENANCE OF A FRIENDSHIP
IMMATURITY
INTERNET DATING
SUPPORT GROUPS AND SOCIAL CLUBS
THE GENETICS OF LD
WHAT IS A CHROMOSOME?
THE EGG AND SPERM CELLS
A GRANDPARENTS CONCERN
A PLAN OF ACTION
THE IEP DIPLOMA OBJECTIVE
TRANSITION SERVICES
USING THE IEP
FINDING YOUR CHILDS INTERESTS
INTEREST INVENTORY
THE SAT AND STUDENTS WITH LD AND ADHD
THINKING OUTSIDE THE BOX
ADMISSION STANDARDS AND DISCLOSURE
ABOUT COMMUNITY COLLEGES
THE FREE APPLICATION FOR FEDERAL STUDENT AID
FINANCIAL NEED
THE GED AND FORM L15
ADULT BASIC EDUCATION ABE
SELFADVOCACY
PRACTICE SELFADVOCACY
COLLEGE SUPPORT SERVICES
COLLEGE LIFE
SelfAwareness
Perseverance
Effective Support Systems
Creativity
IT ALL COMES DOWN TO PERFORMANCE
SOCIAL SKILLS ON THE JOB
OPPORTUNITIES IN CORPORATE AMERICA
THE DOWNWARD SPIRAL
LIFE COACHING
WHAT YOU PAY ATTENTION TO GROWS
HOW TO FIND A LIFE COACH
VOLUNTEER WORK
PHYSICAL HEALTH
MENTAL AND EMOTIONAL HEALTH
ALCOHOL AND DRUG ABUSE
FINANCE AND DEBT
GETTING AROUND
OUR OLD FRIEND DENIAL
THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A WILL AND A SPECIAL NEEDS TRUST
SETTING UP A SPECIAL NEEDS TRUST
LETTER OF INTENT
THE EMOTIONAL SIDE OF ESTATE PLANNING
FIND OUT WHAT YOU LOVE TO DO
FIND THE RIGHT KIND OF PEOPLE TO WORK WITH
ADVICE FOR PARENTS OF A HIGHSCHOOL STUDENT
FIGURE OUT WHAT YOU CAN DO AND WHAT YOU CANT
THE BETTER PREPARED YOU ARE THE LUCKIER YOU GET
THE BENEFITS AND CONTROVERSIES OF MEDICATION
THE LD ADULT IN THE WORKPLACE
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Anne Ford's previous books are the acclaimed memoir Laughing Allegra, about raising her severely learning-disabled daughter, and On Their Own: Creating an Independent Future for Your Adult Child with Learning Disabilities and ADHD. She served as Chairman of the Board of the National Center for Learning Disabilities from 1989 to 2001. The daughter of Henry Ford II, she lives in New York City and lectures widely on LD and ADHD issues.

John Richard-Thompson, an award-winning playwright and novelist, collaborates with Anne Ford on her books.

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