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Homecoming and Down Syndrome
High school homecoming stories about students with Down syndrome being elected king or queen are still rare enough to be newsworthy but it is much more common than ever before that students with DS are involved in Homecoming activities as they grow up included and supported in neighborhood schools.
Paraprofessionals, Aides and Classroom Volunteers
Paraprofessionals, aides, classroom volunteers and other adults often work with our children in mainstream and special education classrooms, resource rooms, school libraries, cafeterias and playgrounds.
Single Parenting - Childhood Disabilities
Some of the most energetic and motivated advocates for children with disabilities are single parents who find support and encouragement from other parents in their children's inclusive classrooms and disability groups that provide the small accommodations needed for full participation.
Raising Awareness About Down Syndrome
Raising awareness about Down syndrome can be as simple as pointing out the diversity with the population of babies, children and adults with Down syndrome; we already know that the potential of any individual can be enhanced by appreciation, affirmation, and opportunities.
Housing Discrimination and Childhood Disabilities
Landlords and neighbors sometimes discriminate against families who have children with developmental disabilities, chronic health conditions, physical disabilities or other special needs. Whether parents take a stand against prejudice or walk away from it, haters can be motivators for advocacy.
Supported Housing Options and Caregiver Choices
Families of teens with disabilities transitioning to adulthood have many questions about housing options and caregiver support for their sons and daughters throughout adulthood. Some questions could best be answered by adults with disabilities who have had experience hiring and managing caregivers.
Chronic Sorrow and Childhood Disabilities
The symptoms of depression in mothers of children with disabilities are not acknowledged or understood in the same way as a physical injury requiring treatment and accommodations. Mothers of children with disabilities have been said to experience chronic sorrow that intrudes into their happy lives.
Loneliness and Friendship in High School
Students with Down syndrome or other developmental disabilities may experience less loneliness and more friendships in high school than their mainstream peers, unless a club like Circle of Friends offers all students the support and encouragement found in inclusive extracurricular activities.
Babies with Hydrocephalus
Pediatric hydrocephalus can be prenatally diagnosed via ultrasound and involves a buildup of the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) that cushions the brain. Early diagnosis and treatment by placement of a shunt system to divert the extra cerebrospinal fluid to an area where it can be reabsorbed is helpful.
Children of Divorce - Childhood Disabilities
Issues in families where parents are divorced or separated can be slightly more complicated when one of the 'children of divorce' has a disability or developmental delay. Helping build resilience in our children benefits everyone in the family during and after divorce.
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