Today is World Down Syndrome Day

The Adaptive Learning Center is joining together with Down Syndrome International, as well as other organizations worldwide, to raise awareness for Down Syndrome and the importance of inclusive environments.

ALC believes inclusion for all children with special needs not only benefits the child, but the entire community. When children with Down syndrome and other disabilities are given opportunities to participate, all children benefit from this shared environment of friendship, acceptance and respect for everyone and high expectations are created.

We hope you will join to raise awareness for the importance of an inclusive environment and Down Syndrome. Share this information with others and email us your story at marketing@alckids.org!

Background of World Down Syndrome Day:
WDSD is a global awareness day recognized since 2012 by the UN, which takes place on 21 March every year (21 March, or 21:3, signifies the triplication of chromosome 21, unique to persons with Down syndrome). On 19 December 2011, the United Nations General Assembly declared 21 March as World Down Syndrome Day (A/RES/66/149). Global activities and events around WDSD each year, organized by persons with Down syndrome, their families, friends and advocates, work to raise awareness of what Down syndrome is, what it means to have Down syndrome, and how people with Down syndrome play a vital role in our lives and communities.

What is ALC?
We are the only organization in Georgia that fully integrates children with special needs into typical preschools – with individualized support from special education support teachers. Our partnerships with some of Atlanta’s finest preschools enable children to learn and play alongside their peers in a warm and caring environment. In classes with 90 percent or more typical children, children with disabilities learn not just basic academic skills; they discover important life lessons through interactions with other children and adults.

What is an Inclusion Preschool?
Inclusion is the full and active participation of children with disabilities or other special needs, along with typically developing children, in community activities, services and programs, including preschool.

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