When treated the same way people without any disability would be by their societies, families, medical care providers, education systems, and governments, people with Down syndrome have the potential to graduate from high school, graduate from college, find careers, become entrepreneurs, get married, have children, help their communities, and more. Some people without Down syndrome choose not to do some of those things, and some people with Down syndrome choose not to either. Some people without Down syndrome have other disabilities, mental disorders, or traumas that make it harder for them to do some of those things, and some people with Down syndrome have other disabilities, mental disorders, or traumas that make it harder for them to do some of those things. Regardless, Down syndrome alone does not stop someone from living what is considered a fulfilled life. What tends to stop people with Down syndrome from living what is considered a fulfilled life is the genocide, discrimination, and mistreatment that people with Down syndrome face. Our plan is to target the 5 main areas of human interaction: societies, families, medical care providers, education systems, and governments to eliminate the genocide, discrimination, and/or mistreatment people with Down syndrome face from each area. By targeting these 5 areas, we can eliminate the vast majority of the genocide, discrimination, and mistreatment that people with Down syndrome face. Save Down Syndrome is still a fairly new organization, so our plan is currently in the works, and not all parts are active yet.
There are people with Down syndrome all over the world, and in each part of the world there is a unique culture that has a unique view of Down syndrome. For example, in Nigeria self proclaimed doctors sell “medications” that will get rid of Down syndrome. Meanwhile, all the way up in Iceland, people are encouraged to abort any baby prenatally diagnosed with Down syndrome because the government does not want people with Down syndrome living in Iceland. We want to educate the entire world about the reality of Down syndrome, but in order to do so, we need to focus on the specific cultural views of Down syndrome and their educational needs.
Our goal is to create educational materials such as informational packets, brochures, flyers, and educational social media advertisements that address the educational needs of each nation, and to spread these materials throughout those nations. These materials will not only be physically sent to these nations, but will be posted online for anyone to use. Through our international branches, this goal will be accomplished more quickly in the areas our branches are located in.
The vast majority of the world has access to social media, and no matter where you log on to you social media accounts, you will encounter advertisements. Instead of containing information about us, our advertisements will contain facts about Down syndrome.
Our goal is to create a large amount of these educational social media advertisements targeted for each nation and their cultural educational needs. Below are some examples of our United States advertisements.
Podcast & Books
A large part of educating the world about the reality of Down syndrome is challenging the stereotypes surrounding Down syndrome. A great way to do that is to use real life examples. Through our podcast and books, both featuring real people with Down syndrome, the world has a chance to see just how intelligent and capable people with Down syndrome can be.
Our goal is to produce a podcast and publish books that showcase the accomplishments of real people who have Down syndrome. While we are still working on our books, our podcast is currently live. Click below to learn more.
Most of society only knows stereotypes about Down syndrome, and this comes to light when they encounter people with Down syndrome. Without trying to seem demeaning, a server at a restaurant might bring an adult their drink in a children’s cup simply because they have Down syndrome, or a retail worker at a store might speak to someone with Down syndrome, not by speaking to them, but by speaking through whoever is with them. These acts are not done out of malice, but out of a lack of education.
Our goal is to provide educational informational packets to all places of business, starting first with the United States, that educate people about Down syndrome, how to interact with customers who have Down syndrome, and how to employ someone with Down syndrome.
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UNDER CONSTRUCTION | COME BACK SOON
Many schools place all children with disabilities into one special education classroom where they are not given an adequate academic education. These students are often forced to perform a chore (such as cleaning team jerseys or taking out trash around the school) as “life skills training,” taken on field trips that no other students are taken on (such as to the grocery store to purchase an item) as “life skills training,” taken on field trips that no other students are taken on for fun (such as seeing a movie at the movie theater), and are not provided with age appropriate academic lessons, but are given crafts to do and games to play. We know that people with Down syndrome are capable of receiving a typical academic education, albeit having other disabilities, mental disorders, or traumas that can hinder their abilities, just like people without Down syndrome. We want to revolutionize education for people with all disabilities across the world, but to start with we are focusing on the education of people with Down syndrome in the United States.
Our goal is to come up with a plan that would eliminate the current “special education model,” and replace it with a program that focuses on academics, full inclusion in the regular classroom, and the incorporation of the Feuerstein method of teaching. This plan will not only be presented to state governments and boards of education, but will be included in educational materials sent to schools and special education teachers. These materials will also be posted online for anyone to use.
Progress will be posted here when the project begins.