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I’ve been walking a tightrope the past 13 years.

Raising a child with Down Syndrome in a world with low expectations for that child is frustratingly difficult. The cruelest act is committed by systems; health, education, and social, which convinces parents of “inevitable” limitations and often useless problem-based approaches. …

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Why do we care about inclusion?

Skin color, race, religion, gender, and orientation do not determine potential or worth. It is bigoted and prejudiced to assume one group is more intelligent than the other or that one group has less potential than the other. …

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Special Education is a costly, burdensome, contrived, and outdated dinosaur of a system.

It systematically takes the most vulnerable students, pigeon holes them with abysmal and inappropriate stadardized test scores, places them in situations and environments that have not resulted in decent graduation rates since the original Education for All…

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A person’s working memory capability is one of the best predictors of general intelligence, as measured by standard psychological tests.

-Queensland Brain Institute

Over the past 26 years I have sat around the conference table participating in meetings determining placements, services, and plans for people with Developmental Disabilities; first as…

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1. a feeling of deep admiration for someone or something elicited by their abilities, qualities, or achievements. 2. due regard for the feelings, wishes, rights, or traditions of others.

Could you imagine submitting a resume to a potential employer in which you meticulously outlined all the things you…

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It takes a great deal of bravery to see our children’s diagnoses as incidental to who they are when advocating for real opportunities for wellness, development, and education. Yet that is exactly the view we must take.

Buying into the notion a child is somehow less worthy of high expectations…

Geralyn Spiesz

MS, OT., Admin of The Down Syndrome Action Plan, and Mother — Following through on a promise to change the world for People with Down Syndrome.

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