Never Underestimate My Brother

down syndrome iep goals independent living special education May 19, 2020

Proud sister moment! My brother is 42 and has Down syndrome. He didn't grow up with iPhones and social media (just like most of us), but he figures it out! My mom snapped this pic of him video chatting through FB Messenger with his friend from Special Olympic Figure Skating. She also has Down syndrome.
 
Things to know...
 
1. My brother's education and IEPs were far from perfect, but paperwork from 25 years ago doesn't stop him from learning more everyday.
 
2. Inclusion in general education or "normal" community activities is great, but NEVER EVER underestimate the power of the special needs community. Our friends we made through Special Olympics are our lifeline on the good days and through the tough times.
 
3. The professionals in the medical and education community told my mom that my brother wouldn't read, write, or talk. They were wrong. Parents & Teachers... Keep dreaming. Keeping striving. Keep going forward. You have no idea what is possible!
 

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