One of the biggest goals of NDSS (National Down Syndrome Society) is to create and build opportunities for inclusion for all individuals and students with Down Syndrome — in the classroom, workplace, and life!
October is Down Syndrome Awareness Month and at BTES, we agree wholeheartedly with NDSS Goodwill Ambassador, Chris Burke, who said, “It’s not about celebrating disabilities, it’s about celebrating abilities.”
Here are some resources to help support students with Down Syndrome in all educational settings (and in everyday!):
1. National Down Syndrome Society (NDSS)
An excellent resource and advocate for individuals with Down Syndrome, the NDSS page offers videos and resources that celebrate diversity, articles that explain communication needs and differences, and information on setting goals for transition.
There is also a space for “My Great Story” where individuals can share their personal experiences as well.
2. One Place for Special Needs
Founded by special needs parents, One Place is a form for teachers, parents, families, and advocates to share stories and resources. The Down Syndrome section of the website offers apps, books, videos, and discussion areas.
3. Down Syndrome Education Online
This website is a great resource to support educational environments and opportunities for individuals with Down Syndrome. Based on research-based practices, you can find strategies and tips for inclusion.
4. eReadingToGo for Students with Down Syndrome
eReadingToGo External link is an app that supports individuals with Down Syndrome by pairing words with pictures to support learning. It also offers a more visual, whole-student approach to learning that many students will benefit from!
Do you have any resources you would recommend? Share with us by leaving a comment below! To learn more about resources and options through Banyan Tree Educational Services, please contact us!