- Paperback: 240 pages
- Publisher: in2Wit, llc; 1st edition (June 13, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1935095056
- ISBN-13: 978-1935095057
- Package Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.4 x 0.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 12 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,965,538 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Grown Man Now Paperback – June 13, 2008
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Jane Schulz took the cards she was dealt and played an exquisite hand. She inspires us all to live life with courage, joy and imagination.
Book Foreword by Ann P. Turnbull, EdDI am a long-time veteran in the disability field. Forty seems to be my magic number. My son, JT, who experiences significant disabilities is 40 years old, and I have worked in the disability field, primarily at the university level, for 40 years. I have also known Jane and Billy Schulz for that same number yes, 40 years. During this time, I have read more family stories than I can even count. So I ask myself, why should reading this book surprise me? Didn't I know all about Billy's and Jane's life already? Haven't I read what sometimes seems as if every variation on every family story that presents itself in the disability field? The answer is a resounding no! In a nutshell, Grown Man Now blew me away!
There were many "ahas," but for me the major ones centered around Billy's incredible positive contributions to his family especially around the role of caretaking. I was awed by Billy's critical role in his family in lifting the spirits of his grandmother, parents, and siblings, as well as offering real help--especially in the caretaking of his father and grandmother--probably nothing short of truly life-saving for his mother. Many books are available about the life stories of children, youth, and even young adults with intellectual disabilities. Where else can we learn about a 50-year life story? Where else can we gain insight into the family experiences of older adults with disabilities, even those approaching senior citizen years, in terms of the reversals--when the children with disabilities grow up and become the caretakers for their parents and grandparents.
More than anything this powerful book by Jane Schulz, about her amazing son, Billy, reminds me of the infinity symbol. Truly, "what goes around comes around." Through this compelling family story, we learn from Jane and Billy what we all crave in our personal and family lives--loving family bonds that truly withstand the test of time.
The Schulz family--every single one of them--provides keen insights about what it means to be family and how we all, regardless of our different circumstances, have the choice and opportunity to live life to the fullest. In the paraphrased words of William Faulkner, the Schulz family, through their family story of Billy's life, is a testament to the fact that families who confront the unexpected experience of disability can not only survive, but, indeed, prevail. --Book Foreword by Ann P. Turnbull, EdD
Co-Director, Beach Center on Disability; The University of Kansas; Lawrence, Kansas
This is a story that should be read by all parents who want their children to have stable, happy lives, whether their children have disabilities or do not.
The best life for a person with intellectual disabilities is the same as for anyone else: to be loved and supported by family and friends. The family does not have to be super-human, and the friends do not have to be perfect, they all simply need to care. This is the lesson that Jane Schulz teaches us in Grown Man Now. Billy was born with Down syndrome, but Jane and her family, with a strong sense of fairness and morality, knew that what would be best for Billy would be the same as for everyone else. Now, with a half a century of experience, the results are as we might expect. Billy's life is full and has meaning. What more could anyone want for their child?
Dr. David L. Westling assigns Grown Man Now as part of his Special Education 405 course at Western Carolina University (Spring 2009 and 2010) --David L. Westling, EdD
Adelaide Worth Daniels Distinguished Professor of Special Education; Department of Human Services; Western Carolina University; Cullowhee, NC
Grown Man Now is a poignant and exhilarating story of how a family member with special needs strengthened and promoted the human capacity for love in his parents, brothers, and sister. It is a story of Billy, who was diagnosed with Down syndrome at eighteen months of age, of how he became--over a span of more than 50 years--a sustaining inspiration to his fellow family members and to others fortunate enough to know him, thanks largely to the extraordinary and persistent efforts of his wise and determined mother.
Grown Man Now is a book for all readers because it is a story about universal human values: love, courage, persistence, resilience, hope, family, and yes, humor. It is a demonstration of how tenacious the human spirit can be when the welfare of a family member is at stake and of how powerful a compensating force nurture can be in combating the unfairness of nature.
Above all, Grown Man Now is a story of the difference a mother's unconditional love, a love guided by knowledge and wisdom, made in the life of her special needs child. If only all Down syndrome bearers were so lucky.
It is a beautiful, valuable story, well written, and extraordinarily interesting.
-- Gurney Chambers, PhD
Dean Emeritus College of Education and Allied Professions; Western Carolina University; Cullowhee, NC
You'll cry and then you will laugh and then you will cry again. You will meet Billy--a very special man who makes the life of everyone he encounters more special. You won't be able to put this book down and you will always remember Billy.
-- A. Michael Dougherty, PhD
Dean, College of Education and Allied Professions; Western Carolina University; Cullowhee, NC
Jane Schulz offers much insight, love and compassion in this detailed account of how her family welcomed and celebrated a child with a disability, not only from her experiences as a parent, but also as a professional in the field of special education. Like my sister Margaret, Billy's life is an inspiration to everyone who knows him.
-- Embry Burrus, MCD, CCC/SLP; Author, Mama and Margaret; Assistant Clinical Professor; Department of Communication Disorders; Auburn University; Auburn, AL
As a pediatrician and, more importantly as a mom to a child with Down syndrome, I am grateful to you and your family for paving the way for Madison and our family. Your journey will be a blessing to all those who read it! --Michelle Estes, MD, FAAP
Pediatrician with Holston Medical Group; Kingsport, TN
About the Author
Jane B. Schulz, EdD, is an inspirational speaker, writer, educator and mother of four adults, one of whom has Down syndrome. She devoted her life to advocacy for children and adults with disabilities, is considered a pioneer in special education and civil rights, and continues her outreach with Grown Man Now, a memoir of a special educator.
Professor Emerita of Western Carolina University, she earned her doctorate in Special Education at Auburn University in 1971. Her masters degree in Mental Retardation & Psychology, and her undergraduate degree in Elementary & Special Education, are also from Auburn.
Dr. Schulz taught elementary and special education in public schools for five years and at Western Carolina University for more than twenty years. Advocate and educator, she received a number of awards, notably the Distinguished Service Award by the Exceptional Children's Division of the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction in 2000; the Felix Barker Award by the NC Federation for Exceptional Children; the Distinguished Teacher Award and the Paul A. Reid Distinguished Service Award at Western Carolina University. State President for the Council for Exceptional Children, she was also active in The American Association on Mental Retardation (now The American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities), the Association for Retarded Children (now ARC) and other mental health and advocacy organizations.
Academic books by Jane B. Schulz include Mainstreaming Exceptional Students: A Guide for Classroom Teachers, considered a landmark text in the field. First and second editions were co-authored with Ann P. Turnbull (co-founder, co-director and distinguished professor at the Beach Center on Disability at the University of Kansas) under the title Mainstreaming Handicapped Students...; new editions were expanded in content to include all exceptional students.
Along with Dr. Schulz's expertise as a teacher of children with disabilities and of college students preparing for careers in education, her textbook Parents and Professionals in Special Education also drew from her experiences as a mother of children who are gifted and another child with Down syndrome. This same diverse experience benefits Bridging the Family-Professional Gap, edited with Billy T. Ogletree, PhD and Martin A. Fischer, PhD of Western Carolina University.
Additional works by Schulz include book chapters, featured in multiple editions of the following books: Turnbull et al: Cognitive Coping, Families & Disability and Parents Speak Out; and Banks and Banks Multicultural Education. Her numerous articles were published in professional journals, including: Teaching Exceptional Children, Education Quarterly, Speech Language and Hearing Journal, American Journal on Mental Retardation, Education and Training of the Mentally Retarded, The Education Digest.
She has delivered hundreds of presentations and workshops in half of the nation's states. Her main topics are: Inclusion of Students with Disabilities, Teaching Techniques in Special Education, Building Communication Skills, Parent-Professional Collaboration, Celebrating Diversity, and Developing Positive Attitudes.
Dr. Schulz lives in Kingsport, Tennessee with her son. Billy Schulz often presents with her to administrators, teachers and other professionals, families of children with disabilities, churches, youth and civic groups. Audiences respond warmly and enthusiastically to their message of inspiration, optimism, courage and determination. Chronicled in Grown Man Now, their lives, opinions and experiences are further expressed on their website, where readers may interact on their blog, view video interviews, and find solid information relating to adults with disabilities; see grownmannow.com.
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Remarkable as this story is, it is also very down-to-earth. There are no magic formulas or exotic secrets to how this family thrives. The tools Billy and his family employ in getting through their day-to-day lives are the simple core values of any relationship: commitment, courage, fairness, and respect. The giving of love and support to each other seems as natural as breathing, their generosity of spirit boundless.
Whether or not your life is touched by someone with a disability, or whether or not you are a parent, Grown Man Now is uplifting and inspiring. It is also a reminder that everyone has a grace and beauty that need opportunities to be seen and to be shown.
When I put down the book after finishing it in two readings (in which I laughed and cried), my first thought was that even though reading the book made me feel part of the Schulz family, I would love to have the extraordinary--yet also ordinary--experience of having dinner with them! Beyond that, I hoped that despite closing the book's cover, I would carry the lessons I had just learned in Grown Man Now with me through part of every day.
To me, although I certainly appreciate the contribution of GROWN MAN NOW to the development of the book, I am equally struck by the story of a woman whose life, as she tells it, is an inspiration to those of us who from time to time look back with a degree of self-pity for the hardships which have befallen us, and are cheered on by seeing that hardships can offer life great benefits if confronted with the grit to refuse to allow despair to introduce impotence into, and drive hope from, our lives. Reading the book helped me to recall the old hymns which enjoin us to "brighten the corner where we are" and to "blossom where we're planted."
The book is absolutely wonderful. I only got to page 10 over breakfast but it already captured my full attention. I cannot wait to read more (of course I already needed Kleenex to keep reading!)
January 18, 2010
I got to chapter 5 over breakfast this morning and I am thoroughly enjoying it. There is so much honesty in Jane's writing, I am amazed!
It feels like I am just getting to know the whole family. It also makes me feel better knowing that alcoholism, battles between family members, loss of loved ones and other challenges are not just part of my life, but others as well. No one is alone with this. Also there is no shame in it so we can admit to it and talk about it. Thanks so much for sharing this book with me!
January 19, 2010
Finished. I wish it wasn't over. No sugar coating, no making it sound better or easier than it is, but somehow it is still full of hope and optimism. It truly spoke to me! Thank you!
I recommend this book not only as a medical professional who works with children and adults with a variety of disabilities, but also as an individual looking in on another family's struggles and victories.
Jane takes you right to the core of life and what it is all about.
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