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Restaurateur with Down syndrome serves up tasty grub — and hugs

Like many kids, Tim Harris worked his share of restaurant jobs in high school and college — IHOP, Golden Corral, CiCi’s Pizza, Red Robin. As a host, Harris learned how to greet customers and made them feel so welcome, he soon developed a loyal following — quite a feat for any high schooler, let …

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Down Syndrome in the 21st Century

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Shutting Down the Extra Chromosome in Down’s Syndrome Cells

Many genetic disorders are caused by faulty versions of a single gene. In the last decade, scientists have made tremendous strides in correcting these faults through “gene therapy”—using viruses to sneak in working versions of the affected genes.<p>But some disorders pose greater challenges. Down’s …

A Generational Shift in Understanding Life With Down Syndrome

The change has been dramatic.<p>aarongilson/Flickr<p>When I was six, my friend Tom died. My Mum took me aside when I got home from school and explained that he had gone into the hospital for routine surgery but something had gone wrong. She said it was just as well that he had died. You see, Tom had Down …

Special Needs Families Learn to Navigate Government Programs

The Bellmore-Merrick Central High School District Special Education Parent Teacher Association (SEPTA) and the Community Parent Center will host a …

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Discipline Your Toddler Using Time Out

Time out is often something that parents discover accidentally when their toddlers are just beginning to test the boundaries of what is acceptable …

Education research in brief: phonics screening test, learning with objects for SEN and more

<b>Phonics screening check valid but unnecessary</b><p>A study to look at the validity of the new phonics screening test, undertaken by year 1 pupils in …

Supporting students with special needs when they leave school

At the moment I am ticking off the days to when our year 11 pupils leave. Their departure sees not only the end of five years of teaching but most …

A day in the life of a special educational needs coordinator

When I ask myself the question, "what's it like being a special educational needs coordinator (SENCo)?", I immediately imagine a cartoon waiter …