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Resource of the Week: Welcome to Holland

By July 17, 2009

Sometimes you see something so often that you stop recognizing it's power.

This is how I feel about Emily Perl Kingsley's poem Welcome to Holland. I was first introduced to this piece while in graduate school and was struck by it's simple but powerful message. But as the years (more than I like to count) passed and I repeatedly ran across the same piece at conferences and other venues, the repeated exposure caused it to loose some of it's power (in my mind at least).

Last week, I was talking to some new parents and they mentioned how much peace they felt after reading this piece. I reread it, imaging it through their eyes, and I again realized what a powerful, timeless piece this truly is.

Ms. Perl Kinglsey's inspiration for this poem was her son Jason, an author in his own right, who has Down Syndrome. She discusses her poem and the reactions to it in this interview on the Creative Parents website.

Have you seen this piece? What what your reaction to it?

July 23, 2009 at 7:35 pm
(1) Andrew says:

I remember reading this around the time my son Lochlan was born and it really touched me.

It is a story I have retold many times when I get asked about Lochlan and Down Sydrome.

Everything is so true. Lochlan is an amazing child inspite or maybe because of his Downs and I dont want to miss one single minute of being with him. His innocence, AMAZING sense of humour, guts and determination are trully inspireing.


August 19, 2009 at 4:21 am
(2) Mary Ford says:

I am looking to contact Emily Perl Kingley to gain permission to use “Welcome to Holland” in a book I have written on disabilities in children.

Can anyone help me with this??

August 23, 2009 at 8:41 pm
(3) downsyndrome says:

At one time, shehad a website, but I couldn’t find it when I looked. She is an author of a couple of children’s books so you may want to contact her publisher and see if they could forward a message to her.

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