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TV Actors Who Have Down Syndrome
Television actors with Down syndrome have played many TV roles, including Jason Kingsley - The Fall Guy in 1984 and Chris Burke - Life Goes On 1989 - 1993; now, Luke Zimmerman - The Secret Life of the American Teenager; also Andrea Friedman, Brad Silverman, Louise Brown, Blair Williamson and others.
Twins and Childhood Disabilities
Twins bring many unique and wonderful experiences to their families as well as greater responsibilities for care as newborns and in early childhood. Some face greater challenges due to genetic anomalies like Down syndrome, or prematurity, traumatic birth, or other issues related to multiple births.
Universal Design - General Education Curriculum
The philosophy, strategies and techniques behind the Universal Design for Learning have created new opportunties in engagement, learning and expression for students with special needs
Using Behavior as Communication
Behavior is a form of communication for children with certain physical conditions or developmental disabilities who may be using behavior as their only way to communicate what they are not able to explain
Using Business Cards for Communication
Individuals with communication challenges or Down syndrome may find using business cards helpful while networking and building relationships in the community, establishing themselves as advocates as they develop the habit of exchanging cards with medical and educational professionals at meetings.
Vacation Travel, Weekend Getaways and Children
Weekend getaways and family vacations with children call for flexibility and planning support or accommodations for their special needs
Vestibular Disorders - Childhood Disabilities
Older children and teens with vestibular disorders may experience dizziness and problems with balance that negatively affect their development and everyday lives. Younger children with sensory processing or sensory integration disorders may experience balance problems with or without vertigo.
Vision and Eye Related Problems
When a child is diagnosed with other special needs at birth, during infancy or early childhood, some symptoms of vision impairment may be attributed to the primary diagnosis, or not followed up because of more urgent concerns.
Voice4u iPod Touch iPhone Communication App
The Voice4u iPod Touch / iPhone App is a low priced software application providing graphics, speech support and alternative communication for children and teens whose speech or behavior may be difficult to understand. You may add icons, pictures and sounds and it is available in Japanese, too.
We Can End the R-Word in Movies and TV
The R-word is hate language offensive to individuals with developmental delays or intellectual disability. Individuals and advocates can help ban the R-word by raising awareness, urging everyone to pledge not to use the word, and expressing expectations that scripts include people with disabilities.
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