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March 01-04, 2018

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2018 SPE Annual Conference: Uncertain Times: Borders, Refuge, Community, Nationhood / Hosted by The University of the Arts

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David and Rosemary

Linda Smith

Saturday, March 14 - 10:25AM to 10:45AM
Celestin A

I will be presenting a photo documentary project that I have been working on for over 10 years, about a mother, Rosemary, who has been caring for her son, David, for over 37 years. David was diagnosed at infancy with Prader-Willi syndrome, which is a genetic disorder that causes physical, mental, and behavioral conditions. When David was born, his doctors told Rosemary to give him constant stimulation throughout his life, especially during his adolescent years. Rosemary created a teaching curriculum for severely autistic children. She has used the curriculum since David was a toddler. As David gets older, his syndrome may cause heart failure as well as autistic tendency.

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