Teacher is retaliated against after advocating for special education students

By Rachel Stockman A Polk County special education teacher filed a federal lawsuit claiming he was harassed and retaliated against after he tried to advocate for children with disabilities in his class. In 2013, Robert Furr won Teacher of the Year from the Georgia Career Technical and Agricultural Education. Not even a year later, Furr […]

College senior works to raise Down syndrome awareness

Alexandra Dempsey, senior education major.

by Katie Canales – As graduation approaches, many college seniors have on their minds questions about student loans and how to make it in the real world. For senior Alexandra Dempsey, the end of the semester brings something else entirely — a push to raise $2,200 through Peace, Love & Down Syndrome, a self-started project. […]

Actor with Down syndrome featured in new film about hope and redemption

by Lauren Smart – When Chris Dowling began writing his film Produce, he didn’t know he was writing a film about down syndrome. “I wanted to write a story about faith,” he says. “And then as I was working on the film’s narrative, I realized there had to be a character with this childlike faith […]

Author publishes mystery story inspired by dyslexic grandson


When dyslexia put David Turp’s grandson off reading David set about publishing an adventure story that was right up his street. Two years ago then thirteen-year-old Luke told his grandfather David, from Pinchbeck, he dreamed of leaving school and becoming a detective. “It was then that I decided to write an exciting detective story using […]

Susan Boyle relieved by Asperger’s diagnosis

by Pam Wright – Back in December when Susan Boyle revealed that she had been diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome, she never realized how her life would change. Throughout most of her life, the 52-year-old Scottish singer — who rose to fame on Britain’s Got Talent in 2009 — was considered “brain damaged” by doctors, was called “Susie Simple” as a […]

Couple with Down syndrome plans wedding


by Jocelyn Tatum – Austin Wayne Underwood was born in 1978 with Down syndrome. His mother has since spent her life fighting to make sure he would have a normal life. She fought the Fort Worth school system that tried to keep him segregated so he could go to Ridglea Hills. She even found a […]

Searching for a communication channel to my autistic child

by Hanna Rosin – Many children on the autism spectrum develop affinities, or what we might call obsessions. They focus on things like train schedules, maps, baseball scores, video games, or, in the case of Owen Suskind, the subject of his father, Ron Suskind’s, new book, Life, Animated, classic Disney movies. We could also call […]

Dyslexia is not a character flaw

by Brian Arola – At least one in 10 people are affected by dyslexia, according to the International Dyslexia Association. Even though it affects so many people, information on the learning disability is lacking, said Thomas Strewler, board member of the Upper Midwest Branch of the organization. “I think that number would surprise people,” he […]

Fan With Down Syndrome joins World Cup winner team for a day

Fans of soccer call the sport the most beautiful game in the world. Brazilian giants Corinthians made it especially beautiful for 26-year-old Caio Tadeu Batista who was signed by the team to mark World Down Syndrome Day on Friday, March 21. Batista is a member of Brazil’s national futsal team for athletes with Down syndrome. […]

Walmart ad profiles a man who overcame intellectual disabilities

by  Eleanor Goldberg – Walmart may not have a stellar track record with how it treats its employees with special needs. But the company’s new ad may very well inspire you to think differently about what it means to live with a physical or intellectual disability. In its latest spot, produced by Saatchi and Saatchi, […]

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