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The Massachusetts Down Syndrome Congress (MDSC) believes that informed, involved parents are the best educational advocates for their children with Down syndrome. To that end, the MDSC offers parents and educators who work with students with Down syndrome accurate resources and information necessary for understanding and obtaining the supports and services needed to succeed in school and in life.
“There is no more powerful advocate than a parent armed with information and options." Rod Paige, Secretary of Education
According to education experts, successful inclusion requires schools to value parent input and appreciate that parents understand best their child's strengths and challenges. The Down Syndrome Education International Trust, an international organization dedicated to raising levels of educational achievement among children with Down syndrome, points to the wealth of skills and knowledge that parents have to offer schools:
In order for your child to receive the high quality education and supports he or she needs and deserves it is important to build and maintain a strong, positive relationship with everyone who plays a key role in educating your child. We believe children benefit most from their education when parents and educators work together as partners. Ensuring a team effort and keeping the focus on collaboration will foster the best results.
“Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is a process.