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Germantown school partners with local business on inclusive hiring

h/t Memphis Business Journal Great work, Germantown, Tennessee! With the national unemployment rate for people with disabilities nearly double the unemployment rate for those without, a partnership between a Germantown school and local businesses is demonstrating the benefits of inclusive hiring. Click... Continue Reading 

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Down Syndrome: The Paradox

There has been tremendous progress in overall life expectancy, IQ levels, and many other quality of life measures for persons with Down Syndrome over the last 30 years. The Executive Director of the Global Down Syndrome Foundation, Michelle Whitten, writes about “The Story of Two Syndromes” on their website. The “Old Syndrome”, referencing before the 1980’s in the U.S., was characterized by institutionalization, limited access to education, marginalized healthcare, and short life spans. The average life expectancy for a person with Down Syndrome in the 1980’s was only 28 years old. Fortunately, public policy and litigation in the 1970’s and going forward started a significant shift away from institutional services and toward community living, improved health care, and educational access. The “New Syndrome” ultimately resulted in a dramatic improvement in life span such that today’s average... Continue Reading 

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Autism

Sensory-Friendly Santa 2016

On Sunday, December 4, for two hours prior to the mall opening, more than 180 malls across the country offered a sensory-friendly Santa experience! What an awesome idea for our friends with #autism Read more: https://www.autismspeaks.org/santa-2016

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