Down syndrome is a condition that has no cure, but education and quality care have been shown to improve quality of life. Research on specific education aids for a down syndrome person helps in the upbringing of a young one, educating caregivers and easing up work for both the teacher, caregiver, siblings.
Signing language improves learning and communication, also the vocabulary.
Therapists and parents may use this form of communication to support children’s early language development. Signs help them learn new words, give them ability to communicate and reduces frustration. Sample video: ”a thousand years video”.
Children and adults with Ds can learn and we have some who are registered in various schools in Kenya. We do have specials schools in the country and we also have parents who have taken the initiative to put their children in regular schools. It is possible for most schools to reject, but it is your right to have your child enrolled in the school of your choice. You are backed by the constitution, children’s act and the UN convention for persons with disabilities.
International Guidelines for the Education of Learners with Down Syndrome, published by Down Syndrome International on Friday 24 July 2020.
The guidelines have been developed:
• to improve the availability and quality of education for people with Down syndrome around the world.
• to contribute to the realisation of the right of people with Down syndrome to an inclusive education and lifelong learning (as outlined in Article 24 of the UNCRPD*).
• to enable people with Down syndrome in countries around the world to receive the education they require to achieve their full potential.