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Inclusion in housing means that people with disabilities have a right to live in the community, in a house or apartment of their choice, in the neighborhood of their choice, and with whom they choose.

Inclusion in work means that people with disabilities have a right to a meaningful job of their choice, making competitive wages, and living up to their potential.

Inclusion in education means that people with disabilities have a right to attend their home school (or school of choice) in a general education environment, with same-age peers, with the support and services necessary for their success.

Inclusion in healthcare means that people with disabilities are served by the medical personnel of their choice, and are listened to and respected as experts on their own health.

Inclusion in relationships means that people with disabilities have friends, both with and without disabilities, and engage in reciprocal, fulfilling relationships, including marriage if they so choose.

Inclusion in recreation means that people with disabilities have access to community recreation activities of their interest and choosing, with supports available so they can actively participate.

Source: http://goldcoastdownsyndrome.org/informational-resources/for-educators/inclusion/


MYTH: Down syndrome is a rare disorder.

TRUTH: Down syndrome is the most commonly occurring chromosomal condition. One in every 691 babies in the United States is born with Down syndrome, or around 6,000 births per year. Today, there approximately 400,000 people with Down syndrome living in the United States.

MYTH: Down syndrome is hereditary and runs in families.

TRUTH: Translocation, a type of Down syndrome that accounts for 3 to 4% of all cases, is the only type of Down syndrome known to have a hereditary component. Of those, one third (or 1% of all cases of Down syndrome) are hereditary.

See more at: http://www.ndss.org/Down-Syndrome/Myths-Truths/

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