Unleashing the UPside of Down Syndrome
When David entered school, his parents Rose Marie and Steve faced a common problem. "Kids weren't understanding him, so David would act out in the classroom," says Rose Marie.
Like most children with Down syndrome, David struggled with reading. However, when David was in grade 4, he began to exhibit a strong desire to learn to read. He would often pull out chapter books and sit on the couch, pretending to read them. So when Rose Marie heard that the Down Syndrome Research Foundation was starting a new one-to-one reading program, she jumped on it.
DSRF's reading program has helped turn David's world DownSide Up.
The progress that David has made since starting the program is remarkable. He's learned to read many words, and Steve notes, "His vocabulary has expanded enormously. The chatter that goes on around the house now is just great."
Rose Marie credits DSRF with helping David progress in both his confidence and his skills. "I appreciate everything about DSRF's programs," she says. "They've been a lifesaver for our family. We've noticed David grow so much since he started there; he's very confident in himself now." Adds Steve: "It's a really caring environment. It's like another home for him."
Like all parents, Rose Marie and Steve want nothing more than for David to live a happy and fulfilling life, as independently as possible. At DSRF, they have found the support they need to make this dream a reality. "We're just so grateful that we have somewhere like DSRF that we can turn to," says Rose Marie. "We plan to continue taking David there for many years to come."
Every day, stories like David's are written at DSRF. Individuals with Down syndrome have tremendous upside, and through our innovative marriage of research and customized educational programming, that potential is unleashed.
Throughout November and December, we are asking you to help us turn the world DownSide Up in two key ways:
Share Your Stories and Photos: How has the individual with Down syndrome in your life achieved their UPside? Inspire others to see the true potential of those with Down syndrome by sending us your story - or add your own DownSide Up photo to our collection.
Donate: Please give generously, to ensure that we will have many more happy stories of lives turned DownSide Up in 2014. Give by Dec. 31 to receive a 2013 tax receipt. All donations will be used to fund educational program development for children, teens and young adults with Down syndrome. Thank you for standing together, hand in hand, with those walking the lifetime journey of Down syndrome.