I have written a memoir ‘The Joy of Knowing Pete: Much was said, yet no words spoken’, which was published recently.
I look back on the teenage years of our younger son who had Down’s syndrome and profound and multiple learning disabilities. I describe how in his short life Pete had a positive influence on his family, friends and those he met. He loved music, picnics, outings and celebrations. I aim to show the joys and the challenges of our life together.
Subsequently I became a co director of the Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities and in retirement I am a trustee of People First Dorset. I intersperse the narrative with occasional observations about the way government policy has impacted more recently on the lives of people with learning disabilities.
At the heart of my book is a plea for fairness and equality and to listen to the voice of those who do not use words.
Professor John Swinton has written: ‘this is a lovely book. It’s a testimony to Peter, but it is much more than that….Hazel gently and kindly brings Peter’s voice to the fore’.
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