While it is important that schools set educational goals for students with disabilities that are of equal value to other students' goals, many other factors contribute to successful learning and, ultimately, a successful transition to a life after school.
Expanding transition and postsecondary opportunities for people with Down syndrome and other intellectual disabilities has been of great interest to many for the past decade. Studies have shown students with intellectual disabilities (including Down syndrome) that participate in postsecondary education are more likely to excel in academics, employment and life. Many children with Down syndrome and other intellectual disabilities are now being included K-12 and want to pursue postsecondary education like their peers and siblings.
A Request for Proposal (RFP) was developed and distributed in February 2005 to all two and four-year, public and private colleges in New Jersey. With the RFP, the schools applied for funds for a planning year, to develop the program based on the criteria established by the Steering Committee. Upon successful completion of the planning year, the college would be eligible for additional funding for the first and second operational years of the program, with the understanding that following the second year the program must be self-sustaining.
For centuries, people with Down syndrome have been alluded to in art, literature, and science. It wasn't until the late 19th century, however, that John Langdon Down, an English physician, published an accurate description of a person with Down syndrome. It was this scholarly work, published in 1866, which earned Down the recognition as the "father" of the syndrome. Although others had previously recognized the characteristics of the syndrome, it was Down who described the condition as a distinct and separate entity.
Throughout the 20th century, advances in medicine and science enabled researchers to investigate the characteristics of people with Down syndrome. In 1959, the French physician, Jerome Lejeune, identified Down syndrome as a chromosomal anomaly when he observed 47 chromosomes present in each cell of individuals with Down syndrome instead of the usual 46. It was later determined that an extra partial or complete 21st chromosome results in the characteristics associated with Down syndrome.
Down syndrome occurs in one out of every 733 live births, and more than 350,000 people in the U.S. have this genetic condition. One of the most frequently occurring chromosomal abnormalities, Down syndrome affects people of all ages, races and economic levels. Today, individuals with Down syndrome are active participants in the educational, vocational, social and recreational aspects of our communities. In fact, there are more opportunities than ever before for individuals with Down syndrome to develop their abilities, discover their talents and realize their dreams. For example, more teens and adults with Down syndrome each year are graduating from high school, going to college, finding employment and living independently.
The opportunities currently available to individuals with Down syndrome have never been greater. However, it is only through the collective efforts of parents, professionals, and concerned citizens that acceptance is becoming even more widespread. It is the mission of the National Down Syndrome Society to ensure that all people with Down syndrome are provided the opportunity to achieve their full potential in all aspects of their lives.
As for workshops (places people with disabilities learn job & life skills) are helpful. If you can teach, a person with Down Syndrome can learn.
For more information on Down Syndrome - see the link below for the National Down Sydnrome Society
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yes it is.. a lot of children with down syndrome are highly functional and can do chores that regular kids can. It is just in their nature that they can be lazy most of the time. but in truth, they are teachable and can even be left at home on their own and work on what they know independently. Seminars and workshops help in their learning.
Im from Indiana, and all around the state they have factories for people with disabilities. They are called ARC, Association for Retarded Citizens... but its people with many disibilities. You should see if they have any in your area, Im not sure if its just here or if its in all states.
Sheltered workshops have been specifically built for people
with special needs.
In Spain,I have seen People with Down's syndrome happily
working in such workshops.
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