A Journey from Inclusive Schools to Working on Capitol Hill


This week, in honor of Inclusive Schools Week, the National Down Syndrome Society is sharing real stories about how inclusive schools have made a difference in the lives of families of a child with Down syndrome.

In elementary school, I had a first grade teacher who helped me become fully included. She likes to take credit for where I am today, and I have to give credit where credit is due. Middle school was tough because I had some teachers who were great and helpful, but I had others who were not helpful. I had one teacher who would even put all our assignments right into the recycle bin. It took me a little while to make friends. It was even more difficult when I felt isolated, but I made amazing friends who helped make me who I am today.

I would encourage all children with Down syndrome to be included in school. Being included means you can get a lot more done and a lot more accomplished. It helps everyone in the long run! It has made me who I am today…the first registered lobbyist who happens to have Down syndrome.

Kayla McKeon, New York
30 years old

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