Congratulations to our own Emily Mondschein for being selected to join the National Down Syndrome Society’s First-Ever National Inclusive Education Task Force for Students with Down Syndrome. The task force includes robust, diverse membership of self-advocates, parents, educators, administrators and academics and strives to ensure all children with Down syndrome get the same educational opportunities as their typically developing peers.
This new NDSS Inclusive Education Task Force will have four overarching components:
- Launch of a new Public Awareness Campaign – #InclusiveEDworks for Students with Down Syndrome
- Establishment of an NDSS repository of leading inclusive IEP best practices for all students with Down syndrome
- In-house inclusive IEP coaching and technical assistance from NDSS staff in-person and by phone
- Advise NDSS’ National Advocacy & Public Policy Center on federal and state educational legislative priorities and support the goals of NDSS’ #DSWORKS Campaign – the first-ever employment campaign for the Down syndrome community showing the world people with Down syndrome are ready, willing and ABLE to work
NDSS President Sara Hart Weir remarked that “The NDSS National Inclusive Education Task Force will support NDSS in its overarching efforts to create more inclusive educational environments for all students with Down syndrome all while ensuring our students are graduating with employment opportunities in a more inclusive workforce and world.”