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Benefits of inclusive environments for today’s children, tomorrow’s adults

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Published: March 21, 2016

FORT RUCKER, Ala. (March 21, 2016) -- The 11th anniversary of World Down Syndrome Day is March 21. Each year, the voice of people with Down syndrome, and those who live and work with them, grow louder.

People with Down syndrome, on an equal basis with other people, must be able to enjoy full and equal rights, both as children and adults.  This includes the opportunity to participate fully in their communities.

The reality for many is that prevailing negative attitudes result in low expectations, discrimination and exclusion, creating communities where children and adults with Down syndrome cannot integrate successfully with their peers.

But where children with Down syndrome and other disabilities are given opportunities to participate, all children benefit from this and environments of friendship acceptance, respect for everyone and high expectations are created.

Not only this, but these environments prepare all today’s children for life as tomorrow’s adults, enabling adults with Down syndrome to live, work and participate, with confidence and individual autonomy, fully included in society alongside their friends and peers.

On World Down Syndrome Day, join us to encourage children and adults with Down syndrome to say “My Friends, My Community” and get the world talking about the benefits for everyone of inclusive environments.

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