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Federal Appeals Court Rules In Favor Of Mainstreaming

A court with jurisdiction over multiple states found school officials violated the rights of a student with Down syndrome by assigning him to spend half his days in a segregated classroom.

August 29, 2018

Second-Grader Uses Letters To Educate Peers On Down Syndrome

As schools increasingly look to integrate students of all abilities, one family is taking extra steps to help their son's classmates understand his Down syndrome and other special needs.

August 28, 2018
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Group Home Death Illustrates Challenges When Suspect Has Special Needs

Two weeks after a fight over candy turned physical, a group home resident with Down syndrome was dead, but the suspect's intellectual disabilities mean that meting out justice is complicated.

August 22, 2018

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Who Should Pick Up The Tab For Postsecondary Programs?

Disability advocates want federal education officials to clear up what they say is misleading information keeping students with intellectual disabilities from attending postsecondary programs.

August 20, 2018

Strip Searches Of Those With Disabilities Lead To $1 Million Payout

The settlement comes after residents of a state-run center for those with intellectual disabilities were strip-searched to determine if they were abused.

August 17, 2018
Special Olympics at 50

Smithsonian Puts Spotlight On Special Olympics

With a new exhibit, the Smithsonian Institution is highlighting how athletics have helped to dramatically change the lives of people with intellectual disabilities over the last 50 years.

July 27, 2018

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Reunited: Woman With Intellectual Disability Finds Son Taken At Birth

When Jean Searle gave birth while living in an institution, she was forced to give up her child. Now, more than three decades later, she finally got to meet him.

July 17, 2018
"Born This Way"

Down Syndrome Reality Show Up For Emmys

A reality television show focusing on the lives of those with Down syndrome is in the running for multiple Emmy Awards.

July 17, 2018

Actor With Down Syndrome Starring In Movie With Shia LaBeouf

A 33-year-old with Down syndrome is making a name for himself working alongside Hollywood notables Shia LaBeouf, Dakota Johnson and David Arquette.

July 13, 2018

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More Colleges Enrolling Students With Intellectual Disabilities

In 2004, just 25 colleges across the country welcomed students with intellectual disabilities on their campuses. By this fall, that number will grow to 270.

June 27, 2018
Kayla McKeon

New York Woman Is Nation’s First Lobbyist With Down Syndrome

There are lots of people trying to sway federal lawmakers, but no one else is quite like Kayla McKeon, Capitol Hill's first-ever registered lobbyist with Down syndrome.

June 26, 2018
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Down Syndrome Reality Show Returns With Wedding On Tap

A wedding is on the horizon when a reality television show following the lives of adults with Down syndrome comes back later this summer.

June 19, 2018

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