Not so long ago, a diagnosis of Down syndrome meant an automatic placement in a fully self-contained special education classroom, if not a special school or residential treatment facility. More and more, however, educators and parents are recognizing that many children with Down syndrome can lead full lives and can enjoy and benefit from some interaction with peers in regular education programs
Advances in medical treatments, assistive technology, rehabilitative therapies, and comprehensive individual education programs are making it possible for more children with Down syndrome to hold jobs, date, marry, and have fuller lives. Some, like Zach Wincent, was elected prom king and is attending college. The National Down Syndrome Society has been instrumental in advocacy and development of innovative programs to further this cause. Clemson University has implemented such a program, Learning is for Everyone (LIFE), specifically designed for young adults with intellectual disabilities.
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