Rarely in basic or clinical research do we have the thrill of seeing results translated into therapies that transform lives. Such an opportunity now exists within the Stanford Institute of Neuro-innovation and Translational Neurosciences where critical discoveries in the laboratory are being translated into viable treatment strategies for patients and their families.  Within this institute, the Stanford Center for Down Syndrome Research is entering a new era.

Dr. Craig Garner and new Co-Directors Dr. Craig Heller and Dr. Heidi Feldman are leading a new and expanded collaborative effort between researchers and clinicians who study Down syndrome and related disorders. Their top priority is to evaluate the clinical discoveries made with animal models of Down syndrome in order to improve the health and well-being of individuals with Down syndrome.

Mission: ” To Build a Brighter Future for Children and Adults with Down Syndrome”

DSAH is a non-profit organization that is here to serve the Houston and surrounding areas by providing all the support and information needed to the families of those with Down syndrome. We welcome you to our world and hope that you can take advantage of the wonderful services we provide.

Above is the link to a letter from the US Department of Education about their position on LRE (Least Restrictive Environment) as it pertains to children in preschool. It can be a useful piece of information to show your school district if they do not currently have an Inclusive Preschool setting.

Remember, even though this is posted on the Illinois Department of Education’s website – this letter is from the US Department of Education – FEDERAL laws govern how children with disabilities are to be educated – so the LAW does not vary from state to state (which is a common misconception by many parents).

The letter is dated February 29, 2012.  The Sanchez family, from Illinois,  was successful in their efforts to get their local school district to create a Blended Inclusive Preschool program for their son Tristen when he entered school at age 3 in 2010 (as opposed to a self-contained program consisting of only children with special needs or IEPs). He has been very successful in this setting and they have absolutely no regrets.