The Essential Guide for Families with Down SyndromeCongratulations on your gold book award!


The Essential Guide presents action items and worksheets to equip you with a clear timeline and path. The resources and references sections will save you time and money in your search for information and organizations that support your family’s journey.

The Essential Guide provides step-by-step support to:

  • Inspire mindset shifts toward one of independence and possibilities
  • Foster independence building blocks from the earliest age
  • Highlight health risks and financial resources every family must know
  • Detail education and work options to promote community inclusion
  • Evaluate family- and community-based home options including search process

Friedman intersperses relatable and inspiring stories from a wide array of families. Insights from many experts in the fields of communications, education, health, and financial planning provide the confidence and guidance for you to navigate your family’s path toward independence.

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Author Bio

The Essential Guide for Families with Down Syndrome is a personal passion project which has acted as a catalyst for engaging with many other families and experts with the aim of accelerating their journey toward independence.

I retired after 30 years in corporate America leading logistics and commercial teams in the energy industry. Suddenly, I had the opportunity to find a new calling. I reconnected with my teenage love of writing. Not only has it allowed me to align with my creative side, but writing has provided a vehicle for connecting with others and helping to make a difference.

My wife, Jennifer, and I are now enjoying the empty-nester lifestyle in Austin, Texas. Our oldest daughter, Gwendolyn, resides in an independent living community nearby, and we all enjoy visiting our other children, Maddie and Noah, who are scattered around the country.

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