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World Down Syndrome Day 2019

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In 2011, the United Nations (UN) declared March 21st as World Down Syndrome Day, an annual opportunity to raise awareness about Down syndrome. Each year, organizations and individuals around the world gather on March 21st to recognize and celebrate the important role that people with Down syndrome play in our communities. In its resolution, the UN “[recognizes] the inherent dignity, worth and valuable contributions of persons with intellectual disabilities as promoters of the well-being and diversity of their communities, and the importance of their individual autonomy and independence, including the freedom to make their own choices.”

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Now is your chance to "Ask the Expert"!

Mary FalveyMary Falvey, Professor Emeritus with the Division of Special Education and Counseling at California State University, Los Angeles, is standing by to answer your questions about Down syndrome. Dr. Falvey's expertise is in moderate-to-severe disabilities and inclusive education. Her research interests also include the provision of effective communication skills, strategies, and supports for students with significant communication disabilities. She teaches courses on collaboration between special and general education, methods for effectively teaching, assessment and instruction for students with and without disabilities in inclusive settings, and research methods.  Dr. Falvey is also the aunt of a 27-year-old young man with Down syndrome who lives with her. Submit your questions here and look for her answers in March in time for World Down Syndrome Day.

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