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Waiting for Home: The Richard Prangley Story [Paperback]

By John Schneider (Author)
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In Waiting for Home, journalist John Schneider chronicles the compelling true story of Richard Prangley. Born prematurely, Richard exhibited delayed development and hyperactivity as a small child. His parents struggled to raise him along with their other 10 children, and they turned to the medical authorities for help. Based on the diagnoses of two psychiatrists, Richard at age 6 was committed to the Coldwater State Home and Training School, an institution for physically and mentally disabled children. He was labeled retarded and his schooling and work experience were limited to manual labor. When he was finally released at age 21, Prangley struggled with socialization as he learned to live on his own.

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Richard Prangley was unjustly institutionalized for fifteen years. Yet he managed to become not only a productive citizen but also an effective advocate for the developmentally disabled. In Waiting for Home, journalist John Schneider chronicles the compelling true story of Richard Prangley. Born prematurely, Richard exhibited delayed development and hyperactivity as a small child. His parents struggled to raise him along with their other 10 children, and they turned to the medical authorities for help. Based on the diagnoses of two psychiatrists, Richard at age 6 was committed to the Coldwater State Home and Training School, an institution for physically and mentally disabled children. He was labeled retarded and his schooling and work experience were limited to manual labor. When he was finally released at age 21, Prangley struggled with socialization as he learned to live on his own. His life today, however, stands in sharp contrast to his early years. Through faith, hope, determination, and a constant yearning for independence, Prangley is self-supporting and works in the Office Services Division of the Michigan Department of Community Health. He is an effective advocate for the developmentally disabled and has been instrumental in creating a successful stand for the rights of the handicapped as a lobbyist in such places as the Michigan State Capitol and the White House. Richard Prangley, whose story has been the focus of a documentary and wide national media coverage, including CBS's Sunday Morning, is an inspirational figure whose life reflects the human spirit at its resilient, triumphant best.

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Waiting for Home: The Richard Prangley Story by John Schneider has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
  • Booklist - 05/15/1998 page 1572


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Item Specifications...


Studio: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
Pages   151
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.98" Width: 6" Height: 0.48"
Weight:   0.6 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jul 1, 2000
Publisher   Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
ISBN  0802842119  
ISBN13  9780802842114  


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Waiting for Home  Sep 19, 2003
This is a painful book to read, but interesting and important. I know Richard Prangley, and his positive outlook and love of life are amazing, given the pain he's endured throughout his entire childhood. This book helps the reader to understand that it's possible to survive unspeakable horror and yet live a life full of joy and community. This book forces us to think about how we label and separate people who don't meet our standards in some way, and how we do so with what we believe to be "good intentions."
 
A well written story about a remarkable person  Jul 22, 1998
John Schneider uses an easy-to-read style and an insight into the life of the developmentally disabled to document the tragic, but true, story of a special child who was sentenced to grow-up in a Michigan institution for the retarded. Richard Prangley's remarkable growth into a man and a mental health advocate is due to his determination for justice and belief in doing what is right. Richard's positive attitude is an inspiration to us all.
 
An eloquent account of a remarkable life.  Jun 5, 1998
Anyone who has even the slightest interest in biographies of people who have been "labeled" will find this book to be not only a treasure for the field of human services, but a masterpiece literary glimpse into a life. A very remarkable life. Given to the reader for better or for worse. But,definitly for our better!
 

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