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Down Syndrome NSW
Level 6/410 Church St, North Parramatta
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T: 9841 444

Thursday, 5 July 2012

Library Thursday: online reading, new books coming out in 2012, favourites

Online reading
Accessible Arts Newsletter, issue 3 2012

How David Met Sarah is free to download as an e-book from 4th - 8th July (US; 5th - 9th in Australia) 

Review of 'When David was surprised, John Valeri, Hartford Books Examiner (added 7/7/2012)

New books from Woodbine House
When Down Syndrome and Autism Intersect 
... offers a thorough examination of the unique profile of a Down Syndrome-Autism Spectrum Disorder (DS-ASD) diagnosis and best practices for screening, treatment, and caretaking through the lifespan. This one-stop resource, the first of its kind, will greatly benefit families whose child is already diagnosed, and also those who suspect something more than Down syndrome. (Publisher's note)
Expected release date: November 2012

Try Reading Again
Do you know a struggling reader who has given up trying? Try reading again! This book can help turn older beginning readers into first-time readers or significantly improve their reading abilities. (Publisher's note)
Expected release date: August 2012

... gives boys with intellectual disabilities the facts they need to navigate puberty.Written at a third-grade reading level for boys aged 9-16 with Down syndrome, autism, cerebral palsy, mental retardation, fragile X, or other special needs, this book is the companion to The Girls' Guide to Growing Up (2011), also by Terri Cowenhoven.
Expected release date: September 2012

Online orders to Australian addresses are not accepted directly by Woodbine House, but their books are readily available to Australian buyers.  Compare prices and availability at Silvereye Educational Publications, The Book Depository,, or Fox Educational Resources (this website is currently under reconstruction, but an email address is available), and you might be able to pre-order

Favourite books
Which books have been favourites of your sons and daughters with Down syndrome? Not the ones you liked for them, but the ones they really loved. We'd like to compile a list of those loved by people of all ages.  Send us a note to and tell us what the most loved features are, and we'll share them here as they come in.

Here is a starter - both of our children loved David Legge's Bamboozled (Scholastic) for many years - there is not much of a plot, but there is so much to talk about and laugh at, so much utter silliness in every picture that it provides hours and hours of entertainment and language learning and practice (if you can stop giggling). We still keep a copy on the shelves, and they are 26 and 21.

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