Disability scholar and father Michael Berube chronicles his son Jamie's journey to adulthood with Down syndrome, exploring his growing curiosity and engagement with the world, his social and academic experiences in school, his evolving relationships with his family, and the complexities of entering the workplace with a disability. A combination of stirring memoir and sharp intellectual inquiry, Berube tangles with bioethicists, philosophers, and anyone else who doubts the value of a life lived with disability. Life as Jamie Knows It challenges us to rethink how we approach disability as we move toward a more just, more inclusive society.
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"Michael Berube's son, Jamie, has Down syndrome. Berube wrote about Jamie earlier, and now he's catching listeners up to his son's adult life. Narrator Brian Roberts gives listeners a sense of the author's bemusement and admiration as he tells anecdotes about Jamie's Special Olympics competitiveness and his many road trips. Berube's narrative is occasionally humorous, and Roberts always lets his warmth shine through. When the story deals with issues such as abortion or education for special needs students, Roberts at times takes on a harsh tone. Berube's anecdotes build a mental picture of his son's life for listeners. At the same time, they create a picture of a loving father who works hard to help his son through life. J.A.S. © AudioFile 2017, Portland, Maine"
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