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The Big Idea for Friday, November 15, 2013

How can the parents of children with severe disabilities get through life?

For many of them, as Andrew Solomon points out in today's lesson, life is not as horrible as one might imagine. It is difficult and it is often painful, but dealing with this circumstance is also a powerful lesson about unconditional love, about finding strength in broken places and about redefining one's identity. 

Solomon is the author of Far From the Tree: Parents, Children and the Search for Identity, and he explores a world where we celebrate differences and understand how much we are really capable of, in the name of love.


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  2. 2 Parenting Outside of the Comfort Zone
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  3. 3 Dennis Charney: The Resilient Brain
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  4. 4 Rethinking Disability: Ability is the Tyranny of the Majority
    Andrew Solomon In Their Own Words


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