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Educator Programs

Educator ProgramsWisconsin Upside Down Foundation offers resources for parents and educational professionals to better serve children with Down syndrome. For more information please email

Early Intervention: birth to 3 years old

The first years of life are a critical time in a child’s development. All young children go through the most rapid and developmentally significant changes during this time. During these early years, they achieve the basic physical, cognitive, language, social and self-help skills that lay the foundation for future progress, and these abilities are attained according to predictable developmental patterns. Children with Down syndrome typically face delays in certain areas of development, so early intervention is highly recommended. It can begin anytime after birth, but the sooner it starts, the better. Visit the National Down Syndrome website to find details on the various kinds of early intervention available, and how to access services.

Elementary and High School Education

Federal laws protect the rights of every child, including children with Down syndrome, to receive a free, appropriate public education.

Unfortunately, this has not always been the case. Until the late 1970s, students with disabilities were routinely placed in often inappropriate segregated educational settings, such as separate specialized schools or institutions. This still occurs but with less frequency. In 1970, schools in the United States served only one in five students with special needs.

The Education for All Handicapped Children Act was instituted in 1975 and later renamed the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). IDEA mandated that a “free and appropriate public education” be available to all school-age children with special needs, regardless of disability. An amendment added children three to five years of age.

Educator ProgramsPlease visit the National Down Syndrome Society for tips on teaching students with Down syndrome, the practice of inclusive edutation,overcoming barriers, resources and organizations.

Post Secondary Opportunities

Post secondary opportunities for students with Down syndrome exist at many colleges and universities across the nation. Check out the resources below for more information!

Think College is designed to share what is currently going on, provide resources and strategies, let you know about training events, and give you ways to talk to others. The information is for transition aged students as well as adults attending or planning for college. It provides resources and tools for students, families, and professionals.

Going to College contains information about living college life with a disability. It’s designed for high school students and provides video clips, activities and additional resources that can help you get a head start in planning for college.

EXCEL is dedicated to integrating individuals with intellectual disabilities into the community through higher education and a commitment to an inclusive society.

Need a presentation on Down syndrome?

The National Down Syndrome Congress and other Down syndrome parent groups across the country to create several presentations to help you explain Down syndrome to others. Visit the Presentation Center to upload Power Point presentations on Down syndrome and the Educational Challenge and How to Support People with Down syndrome. More presentations are forthcoming.

Educator ProgramsLooking for speech and language resource information on Down syndrome?

Download Speech and Language Resource Guides for individuals with Down syndrome to give you a better understanding of your students unique communication needs.

Visit Project Participate to see how they provide families, educators, administrators and therapists with simple strategies to increase the active participation of students with disabilities in school programs. Project Participate facilitates team collaboration and promotes the appropriate uses of technology in the classroom.

For more information on the following please visit the National Down Syndrome Society website:

“ See my daughter first, not her disability.”

~ Parent

“I have learned more from my son than I could have ever possibly imagined.
I hope I can give him as much as he has given me as he continues to grow up.”
~Deb Balderas

 Every time the Green Bay Packers make a first down,
UnitedHealthcare will donate to Wisconsin Upside Down!
~First Downs For Down Syndrome

“Our family learns, smiles, laughs, cries and thanks God for not only opening our hearts, but opening our eyes to what the picture [life] should be.”
~Marybeth Mielke

 “Down syndrome is a gift that can’t wait to be opened.”
~Diane Moede

 “One of my greatest joys is when my 3rd grade daughter,
who has Down syndrome, reads me a bedtime story.”
~Robbin Lyons

 “Having a child with Down syndrome has introduced me to so many wonderful people and given me a new respect for the differences in all of us.”
~Amy Elfner

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