Laughing Allegra

Laughing Allegra: The Inspiring Story of a Mother's Struggle and Triumph Raising a Daughter With Learning Disabilities - Anne Ford, Melvin D. Levine, John-Richard Thompson

Anne Ford's account of raising her daughter Allegra in the 1980's before learning disabilities became better publicized reads more smoothly than many disability parent memoirs.  Ms. Ford respectfully discusses both Allegra's struggles and her eventual independence.  While it was difficult not to be jealous of the additional supports such as tutors for homework and specialized private boarding schools available to the great-great-grandaughter of Henry Ford, which are a definite factor in her success, I respect that both Anne and Allegra continue to invest time to advocate for people with learning disabilities and have sponsored scholarships to help young adults with learning disabilities go to college.