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This page is dedicated to provide information, tips, and materials that educators can use to be empowered to teach students with Down syndrome.

As you plan your approach, remember to focus on their ABILITIES versus disabilities.

If you believe people with Down syndrome can learn, they WILL!

Down Syndrome Education International has been a leader in educational research and best practices specifically for individuals with Down syndrome. Their website and that of their US branch, Down Syndrome Education USA, connects you to some very good hands on tools and approaches.

ACCESS – The Adapting Curriculum and Classroom Environments for Student Success (ACCESS) project at the University of Delaware’s Center for Disabilities Studies is designed to provide educators, families, and community members the necessary tools to improve educational outcomes for students with significant intellectual disabilities.

Tips for Administrators (PDF)

Tips for General Educators (PDF)

Tips for Special Education Teachers (PDF)

Tips for Para Educators (PDF)

Tips for Therapists (PDF)

Helpful hints for teaching a child with Down syndrome

Down Syndrome Association of Central Texas has been a leader of local organizations in providing resources for educators. Their website has a plethora of information worth exploring.

The Learning Program complements formal instruction in literacy and math. It also has occupational and speech therapy components. Down Syndrome Foundation of Orange County has partnered with educators, researchers, therapists and administrators to develop a program that uses effective teaching strategies and customized materials to support parents, teachers and children in the educational process.

Woodbine House  is a publisher specializing in books about children with special needs. Our titles within the Special-Needs Collection cover AD/HD, autism, celiac disease, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, spina bifida, early intervention, inclusion, special education, communication skills, and more. Since 1985 we’ve prided ourselves on publishing books of the highest quality and best value for parents, children, therapists, health care providers, and teachers.

Hand Writing Without Tears is an easy to teach and easy to learn handwriting mastery program in which many children with Down syndrome find success.

Parents, educators, advocates, and attorneys come to Wrightslaw for accurate, reliable information about special education law, education law, and advocacy for children with disabilities.

2013 Access Symposium –   Michael Remus and Bree Jimenez presented at the fall 2013 ACCESS  Project Conference for parents and educators. The power point presentations can be viewed below. If there are any questions, comments or concerns, please feel free to contact Judi MacBride from the ACCESS Project with the Center for Disabilities Studies at 302-831-1052 (phone), or judim@udel.edu

Michael Remus - Inclusive Practices-Positive Advocacy from Perceptions to Practice: A Plan for Educating All Kids

Bree Jimenez, PhD - Evidence Based Practices to Support Standards based Instruction: A Focus on Everyday Practices