Meet the Author of "Raising Henry" @ Stratford SEPTA
Motherhood, Disability, and Discovery: Scenes from the Memoir “Raising Henry”
Rachel Adams, a Columbia University professor and mom to a toddler, was used to life going according to plan. Minutes after the birth of her second child, Henry, everything changed. Doctors told her that Henry had Down syndrome. Adams chronicles the first three years of Henry’s life and her own transformative experience of unexpectedly becoming the mother of a child with disabilities in “Raising Henry: A Memoir of Motherhood, Disability, and Discovery” (2014). The book also covers the contradictions of living in a society that’s more supportive of disabilities than ever before, yet is racing to perfect prenatal tests to prevent children like Henry, now age 11 and in 5th grade, from being born.
Adams will read from her book and then speak on how she has advocated for Henry in his earliest years and beyond—including what she has learned about inclusive education and how she has navigated the system to get him help.