Sarah 's Race, Class, Culture And Gender Made It Possible For Sarah

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Sarah’s race, class, culture and gender made it possible for Sarah to lead a happy and successful life. Sarah is a Caucasian female that was born into a middle-class family. Sarah was also the first child of Austin and Sally. Due to the fact that Sarah’s parents were economically stable from the time they conceived her, Sarah’s needs starting from the time she was born were always taken care of. Sarah’s parents were knowledgeable and took advantage of all of the resources that were available to Sarah, resources that she needed in order to advance in life. By the time she finished high school, her parents were financially capable to provide for an amazing group home. Sarah’s race, class, culture, and gender facilitated a better life for Sarah, one which might not have been available if Sarah’s parents were from a different class or culture. E Sarah’s disability impacted everyone in her family differently. Since the book is written by Paul Austin, Sarah’s father, we mostly hear from his perspective what it was like raising a daughter with Down syndrome. Paul Austin said, “She’s a good kid. But the Down syndrome has put some stress on the family.” For Paul, the early years were the hardest because when Sarah was born he was a third-year resident. Sally stayed at home and took care of Sarah. For Sally, having a daughter with a disability was tough. When it came to having another child she knew that she couldn’t handle having another child with special needs. Sally also

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