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1. Perils of Segregated Special Education Schools
Segregated special education school buildings are sometimes incorrectly described as safe or useful places for students with developmental disabilities that benefit families and communities, when in fact they were places of limited opportunity, prejudice, and danger.
2. Self-Contained Classrooms, Institutional Buildings
The history of self-contained classrooms, and institutional buildings in school district education programs for students aged 3 to 21, can help us understand how inclusion benefits children with disabilities through their daily environment as well as enhancing educational and social opportunities.
3. Caring for a Baby or Child with a Stoma
A stoma may be required to provide a baby or child an alternate route to eliminate waste. Premature babies with Necrotizing Enterocolitis, and preemies or newborns with Down syndrome may have Hirschsprung’s disease. Congenital anomalies, disease, obstructions or atresia may make stomas necessary.
4. Crawling, Walking, and Down Syndrome
Young children with Down syndrome may experience delays in learning to crawl and walk, and may have unique ways to manage motor planning and movements.
5. Abusive Relationships, Education and Schools
6. Helicopter Parenting and Childhood Disability
7. Linear Learning for Children with Down Syndrome
For half a century or more, it has been obvious that children with Down syndrome have greater success and opportunities in mainstream classrooms and community programs. This is due in part to the benefits of non-linear learning and a wider array of opportunities to progress in skills and subjects.
8. COVID-19 Vaccination and Down Syndrome
The COVID-19 pandemic has disproportionately affected individuals with disabilities and their families. The Delta Variant has introduced more risk and greater mortality, especially among unvaccinated individuals where mask-wearing, adequate ventilation, and other measures have not been mandated.
9. Maternal Differences and Down Syndrome Advocacy
Despite having in common the care and raising a son or daughter with Down syndrome, it's likely that we will get along with about 1in 10 other moms we meet in advocacy or support groups. As parents of a son or daughter with DS, our only credentials in the advocacy community are second-hand.
10. Empathy and Inclusion - Childhood Disabilities
It can be disheartening to moms of students with Down syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Spina Bifida, Autism, Type 1 Diabetes, and other disabililities, developmental delays, or chronic health conditions, when neighbors show more compassion about pets and animals than for their children's classmates.
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