The National Advocate for People with Down Syndrome Since 1979

National Down Syndrome Society
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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. Elementary & Secondary Education Act (ESEA)

    Former President George W. Bush signed the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB) into law in January of 2002. NCLB was not a new concept, it actually amended or “revised” Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), which requires school accountability (especially for disadvantaged 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 strives to maximize the use of the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) framework in order to raise expectations and improve educational outcomes for students with Down syndrome from early childhood through postsecondary education. According to the National Center on Universal Design for Learning, UDL is a set of principles for curriculum development that give all individuals equal opportunities to learn.

  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. Restraints 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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