The March 21, ’09 issue of Newsweek includes an excerpt from a new book by Quinn Bradlee, son of power couple, writer Sally Quinn and former Washington Post editor, Ben Bradlee. 

A Different Life: Growing Up Learning Disabled and Other Adventures, gives voice to Quinn’s challenging experiences growing up with serious health concerns that included heart surgery, seizure disorder, learning disabilities, and a diagnosis of a rare condition called Velocardiofacial syndrome (VCFS) a genetic disorder that affects one in 2000 children.  According to Velo-Cardio-Facial Syndrome Educational Foundation, Inc, common VCFS conditions include: cleft palate, heart disorders and learning speech challenges.

Now 26, Quinn admits to “having lived a life of privilege and limitations,” and as a result, honestly addresses concerns about his future independence. The author has also launched FriendsOfQuinn, a new website to connect young adults with learning disabilities and provide them with valuable resources.
You can read the Newsweek excerpt entitled Quinn’s Great Expectations here.

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‘Reflection’ Judy Winter 2008