For Educators

Debunking Myths about Inclusive Education for Students with the Most Significant Cognitive Disabilities

There are many myths about including students with the most significant cognitive disabilities in general education classrooms. This Brief debunks six of them.

Down syndrome Awareness Curriculum - Elementary

It’s important to have conversations with elementary students about disAbilities like Down syndrome, whether you have a student with disAbilities in your class or not. These resources and activities were created to help you teach your students about what it means to have Down syndrome and to be a good friend to everyone

10 Reasons to Support Inclusive School Communities for ALL Students

Inclusive school communities are educational settings in which students with disabilities have opportunities to participate and receive support in all aspects of school life alongside peers who do not have disabilities. In an inclusive system, special educators, specialized instructional support personnel, general educators, and other education personnel work together to address the needs of students with disabilities. By collaborating, these educators better support the learning and participation of all students. Furthermore, research demonstrates that a learning community is better, richer, and more effective when students with disabilities are full participants.

10 Research-Based Tips for Enhancing Literacy Instruction for Students With Intellectual Disability

A set of 10 research-based tips for special education teachers, general education teachers, and other members of IEP teams to consider when planning literacy instruction for students with ID in order to maximize student outcomes.

All About Me Booklet for Students

This booklet was designed by the Down Syndrome Guild of Greater Kansas City to help you welcome your new student. 

Barton Lab Dignity and Disability

In the Barton Lab Dignity and Disability section you will find resources related to treating children with disabilities with the respect and dignity they deserve. The series provides recommendations for practitioners who work with young children with disabilities to support these children in a way that will set them up to thrive.

Coloring Book - Extraordinary Friends

 A book to help children understand Down syndrome and have fun at the same time.

Karyotype Coloring Pages

Coloring pages showing both male and female karyotypes (picture of chromosomes) with trisomy 21 or Down syndrome.

Down Syndrome Learning Styles

Once you understand the common learning types of individuals with Down syndrome, you can more easily help meet the needs of your child with DS and help them achieve their potential. We will discuss the more common strengths & weaknesses of those with DS, their learning styles or profiles and strategies for success. Presented by Alecia Talbott, Executive Director of DSAMT, parent of a child with DS

Down Syndrome Education International

DSE transforms the lives of young people with Down syndrome by improving understanding of their learning needs and by helping families and professionals to provide effective support, early intervention and education. Our goal is to improve outcomes for all children with Down syndrome, helping them to lead more independent, productive and fulfilling lives.