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For Educators

 

The Utah Down Syndrome Foundation strives to educate teachers and school districts about the importance and benefits of inclusion for the entire classroom, as well as tolerance for individuals with learning disabilities.  PBS.org has published many helpful tips for promoting inclusion in the classroom, including the Benefits of Inclusive Education and Common Misconceptions About Inclusive Education.  We encourage educators of all types to explore the vast information PBS.org has to offer teachers about Learning Disabilities.

The UDSF has created a Classroom Peer Presentation (coming soon) for educators to use in their classroom when a child with Down syndrome is present.  Teachers may ask parents to give the presentation, or work with parents to gather the necessary information to give the presentation themselves.  The curriculum contained in it is an adaptation of a presentation published by the Down Syndrome Guild of Kansas City.

Teachers are encouraged to learn about the Myths vs Truths of Down Syndrome, and practice People First Language when referring to a child with Down syndrome or any learning disability.