Two Pioneers in Down Syndrome Education Mark a Fortieth Anniversary
It began with an undergraduate internship and evolved into a Head Teaching position.
As our students continued to make academic and social gains and became part of the school community, changes occurred.
The program was so successful, dance became a part of the kindergarten curriculum.
The Fathers Program is the first and longest-running
program in the U.S. for dads of kids with special needs.
Someday you will have an important role to play as his father.
A Tale of Two Sisters
Dale Evans read the newspaper story about our program and picked up the phone and called me.
PRIDE empowered us to advocate for our children and taught us to teach everyone around us that our children were worth being included.
Our son is now a student at Utah Valley University where he is a sophomore and has a grade point average of 3.86!
Three years after we started our program, a leading pediatrician said that the striking visible outcomes, and that alone, had completely changed his thinking.
Over the years every student has enjoyed a quality education embracing the academic principles, methodologies, behavioral support and team commitments that characterize the program born at UW four decades ago.
Today we have more than 2000 case histories run by 18 medical specialists.
I have never forgotten the thrills of hearing students read and say their first words.
Miss Shari, I'm here for reading!
This book was the answer to my prayers. It gave me a template and ideas. It gave me hope!
Reading About Me
At the next board meeting I decided that I would offer to teach the class — a brand new direction for me
Our son subscribes to the Everett Herald and scans then reads the articles that interest him each day.
She learned to do what the doctor said would never happen.
Who would have imagined that one day she would be an accomplished painter and own her own business.
In 1993, I began work at Microsoft. I have held a variety of jobs there and now work as an administrative clerk.
His facility with the written words extends to an impressive skill at Scrabble, and the related game UpWords, which he loves to play.
She wrote her own speech for a black-tie fundraising event for the Sixth Day Club.
Of all the skills she learned, reading was far and away the most important.
She composes and reads email and checks the paper regularly for movies and musical events the she enjoys.
Melinda is quite a traveler.
Let me tell you about Glenn.
She was a wee one, but a great joy.
It all started with one baby.