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A Secretly Handicapped Man: A Memoir Paperback – July 28, 2013
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This is a well written, well edited book, and in telling his story the author gives the reader an insider’s view of the gauntlet our society has erected for those with disabilities. Post World War II America was a time of upward mobility when the working class could earn a decent living and their sons and daughters could go to college and move into the middle class.Read more ›
A MEMOIR BY NORBERT NATHANSON
It is not often that we are given the privilege and opportunity to learn about the life of a man who was born with some challenges that could have had a much more restrictive impact on his life than they did. In this book we are given the opportunity to see how this man and his family dealt with his handicaps.
Norbert tells us in a very readable way what is was like for him growing up and some of the issues that he has faced at all stages of his life. We see how his parents were able to support him and make his world as normal as possible and we also see how his own determination and persistence helped him to pursue the goals that he set for himself.
We have an opportunity to understand how the issue of secrets can affect the lives of all family members and how difficult it is for people who are different to be accepted for their abilities . A question that comes to mind while reading this book is how much did other peoples perception of his abilities and talents affect his own perceptions of himself. How much more difficult did this make it for him to accomplish all the things that he did?
This book should be a must read for all of us to help us understand what it is like for people who are “different “ and especially for the ones of us that have friends and clients who face some of the challenges that Norbert had.
Judy DeWitt, MSW,ACSW