The More You Know
Teaching has given me so many new opportunities and interests that I didn't know I had. After working with special needs students, I realized this was something I wanted to pursue in my career somehow. I am a big advocate for those with special needs, and want to educate others on proper information and the truth. So many of us have preconceived notions on the subject, and most of our thoughts and assumptions are wrong. This blog post is dedicated to giving information on Down Syndrome.
What is Down Syndrome? Please stop using the word 'disease' in the same sentence as down syndrome - it's not. It's far from it. Simply put, it's an error in cell division that causes someone to have 1 extra chromosome. It can lead to cognitive and physical impairments that range from mild to moderate. However, this does not take away from the individuals' strengths and abilities.
Are individuals with Down Syndrome in special education classrooms? No, not necessarily. Students with down syndrome are usually in integrated classrooms.
"Increasingly, individuals with Down syndrome graduate from high school with diplomas, and participate in postsecondary academic and college programs." (ndss.org)
Do adults with Down Syndrome work? Yes, they absolutely do. Many people have this idea that individuals with down syndrome can't work, and that's far from the truth.
Here's a video that I urge everyone to watch: "Things People with Down Syndrome are Tired of Hearing"
"Down Syndrome is NOT Scary": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aV6Av4WdCOc
"People with Down Syndrome Speak Out": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ILgLmChlxNg
I recently came across Special Sparkle; a jewellery company started by a woman with down syndrome. The jewellery in which she makes herself is stylish and fashionable! You can support her by purchasing the jewelry through her website here: http://www.specialsparkle.com
You can help end the stigma by staying educated on the subject, and informing others.
http://www.ndss.org > National Down Syndrome Society