Waiting for Home: The Richard Prangley Story

(Paperback - Apr 1998)
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Richard Prangley was unjustly institutionalized for fifteen years. Yet he managed to become not only a productive citizen but also an effective advocate for the developmentally disabled. In Waiting for Home, journalist John Schneider chronicles the compelling true story of Richard Prangley. Born prematurely, Richard exhibited delayed development and hyperactivity as a small child. His parents struggled to raise him along with their other 10 children, and they turned to the medical authorities for help. Based on the diagnoses of two psychiatrists, Richard at age 6 was committed to the Coldwater State Home and Training School, an institution for physically and mentally disabled children. He was labeled retarded and his schooling and work experience were limited to manual labor. When he was finally released at age 21, Prangley struggled with socialization as he learned to live on his own. His life today, however, stands in sharp contrast to his early years. Through faith, hope, determination, and a constant yearning for independence, Prangley is self-supporting and works in the Office Services Division of the Michigan Department of Community Health. He is an effective advocate for the developmentally disabled and has been instrumental in creating a successful stand for the rights of the handicapped as a lobbyist in such places as the Michigan State Capitol and the White House. Richard Prangley, whose story has been the focus of a documentary and wide national media coverage, including CBS's Sunday Morning, is an inspirational figure whose life reflects the human spirit at its resilient, triumphant best.


  • SKU: 9780802842114
  • SKU10: 0802842119
  • Title: Waiting for Home: The Richard Prangley Story
  • Qty Remaining Online: 141
  • Publisher: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
  • Date Published: Apr 1998
  • Pages: 160
  • Illustrated: Yes
  • Weight lbs: 0.60
  • Dimensions: 8.98" L x 6.00" W x 0.48" H
  • Features: Illustrated
  • Themes: Theometrics | Secular; Chronological Period | 1940's; Chronological Period | 20th Century; Sex & Gender | Masculine; Topical | Mentally Challenged;
  • Subject: General


"Prangley has accomplished much. This is his story—quite a story." — Booklist

"Richard Prangley is a shining testimony to how one can overcome life’s many obstacles through hope, determination, and hard work. Those who meet him through this book will be forever grateful and inspired." — John Engler, Governor of Michigan


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