The National Advocate for People with Down Syndrome Since 1979

National Down Syndrome Society
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New York New York 10017

Improving Education Opportunities for People with Down Syndrome

Featured ImageThe first years of life are an important time in a child’s development. All young children go through the most rapid and developmentally significant changes from birth to age five. Children with Down syndrome typically face delays in certain areas of development, so quality early intervention (beginning any time after birth) and pre-school experiences are critical to the development of children with Down syndrome.

  1. Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) of 2015

    On December 10, 2015, President Obama signed the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) into law, the latest version of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) that now replaces the widely criticized No Child Left Behind (NCLB) law. NDSS is optimistic that this new bipartisan education law will increase accountability to students with disabilities and maintain high standards for all students.

  2. Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)

    The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is a critical piece of civil rights legislation that details the rights of a child with a disability to a “free, appropriate, public education” (FAPE) in the “least restrictive environment” (LRE) and provides a mechanism for due process if a violation of these rights has taken place.

  3. Universal Design for Learning (UDL)

    NDSS promotes the incorporation of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) into federal and state policy and legislation in order to raise expectations and improve educational outcomes for students with Down syndrome.

  4. Postsecondary Education

    A major goal of the NDSS is to support the development of postsecondary options in a state with the coordinated support of state agencies, colleges and universities and individuals with disabilities and their families.

  5. Restraint and Seclusion in Schools

    The harmful use of restraint and seclusion is a pervasive problem in our nation’s schools. NDSS is a member of the Alliance to Prevent Restraint, Aversive Interventions and Seclusion (APRAIS), a national coalition advocating for federal legislation to protect children from these dangerous techniques, a cultural shift toward preventive, positive intervention strategies and training for teachers on positive interventions.

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