Hayley Goleniowska, Downs Side Up, blogger, author, speaker and advocate
This book is a breath of fresh air! Written in the first person and accompanied by beautiful illustrations, this book is accessible, factual, yet warm and personal, a testament to the love and commitment of Elizabeth's family. The book is easy to digest and packed with myth-busting information. Elizabeth has created a shining light of positivity that will be cherished by many, and will spark important conversations about Down Syndrome today.
Dr Jon Goldin, Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist and Joint Training Programme Director, Mildred Creak Unit, Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Foundation Trust
Dr Elliott has written a very accessible and informative book, which will help parents, children, teachers and other professionals understand more about what it is like to have Down's syndrome. Down's syndrome is a relatively common condition and it is important for people to be well-informed in this area. In simple language, this book helps the reader understand things from the perspective of the individual concerned, and in this sense particularly, it is a very useful addition to the literature in this field.
David, who is 12, has Down Syndrome and tells the story himself, and this gives it an immediacy that is important... David begins by saying 'Don't; forget that I'm just David. Down syndrome is not the biggest part of me!'... Black and white illustrations are a good addition, and there is advice to teachers, to families and to parents. An excellent list of publications, resources and organisations lends a lot of importance to this book. It will be of importance to anyone who knows, teaches, loves or meets someone with DS.