GRAND Magazine - September/October 2013 - (Page 46-47)

extraordinary grands A Special Grandmother Anne ford: Advocate for children with learning disabilities by cHrIstINe crosby Allegra & Anne A nne Ford, great-granddaughter of Henry Ford, has always been “very private.” Then, she realized “something wasn’t quite right” with her daughter and started pushing for answers that led to Allegra being diagnosed at age 3, in 1976, with severe learning disabilities. So began Anne’s forty-year crusade to help not only her own child but also other children with learning disabilities. That crusade continues today, even now that Allegra is a happily married 40-year-old woman and Anne is the happy 70-year-old grandmother of Eleanor, 11, and Olivia, 9, children of son Alessandro and daughter-in-law Kimm. From 1989–2001, Anne served as Chairman of the National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD). Under Anne’s direction, NCLD expanded from a grantgiving foundation into a national center devoted to improving the lives of children with learning disabilities—“with more emphasis on empowering parents, connecting parents to resources, and helping them become effective advocates.” 46 GRAND september october 2013 Anne with granddaughters olivia and eleanor september october 2013 GRAND 47

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of GRAND Magazine - September/October 2013

GRAND Magazine - September/October 2013
Congratulations 2013 GRANDparent of the Year Honorees!
Hooray for Grandparents, Ingenuity, and ICE!
GRAND Magazine Best of the Web Awards
Rockin’ the World
Leaving a Legacy
Don Miguel Ruiz: Our Sacred Agreement to Grandchildren
Keepsakes from the Heart
Do Kids Under 5 Get Too Much Screen Time?
Let the Learning Games Begin!
Falling into the Grandma Zone
A Special Grandmother
Ducky Butt, Not Tucky Butt!
GRAND Sponsor: ClearSounds Communications
Terrific Tech Gadgets for the Whole Family
The ABCs of Grandparenting: Who’s Teaching Whom?
Can Bribery Warm a Cold Shoulder?
Keep Your Marriage from Becoming a Casualty of Caregiving
Hidden Treasures

GRAND Magazine - September/October 2013