My Name is Sarah

MY NAME IS SARAH. I am a quilt designer and the sewcial director of Sarah's Sewcial Lounge. I also have a business called Down Right Charming. I sell my quilts mostly on etsy and I make pillowcases to donate to patients in the hospital in memory of my friend Kristen Kirton. I am a young adult living with Down syndrome. I hope you enjoy reading about my life journey.

Friday, February 27, 2009

HELP...Do you know a college offering a program for persons with Down syndrome?

Next Thursday, March 5th, I am going to be sitting down with the President of The Ohio State University. Yes, that's right. Just Dr. Gordon Gee, me and my mom. I would like to tell him about programs at universities or community colleges that are already in motion. If you know about one will you let me know, soon. I need to do my research. It is not everyday you get to sit down with the President. I'm off now to find a new outfit. I have to look my best.

29 comments:

JRS said...

I don't know of a program, but I wanted to say good luck Sarah. How exciting!
---Jen

Lacey said...

How great for you, spreading the word and getting the job done.

Junior said...

so exciting, hope you have great success at the meeting.

Megan said...

I only know about here in VA. George Mason University (GMU) offers a program for students with special needs (I don't think it's Ds specific). I can't seem to find the link, but I know I read an article about how GMU was on the cutting edge of satisfying this need. Come to VA, Sarah!!

Megan said...

http://www.susanohanian.org/show_special_news.html?id=190

veronica said...

i don't know of a program, but i wanted to say good luck.

way cool darlin!

~veronica

SunflowerMom said...

I have an article: Coastal Carolina University Launches Inclusive Postsecondary Opportunities for Students with Intellectual Disabilities that I can email you. Came from my DS support group.

The VW's said...

How exciting!!! I can't help you with any info, but I'm proud of you!!!

Jenn said...

That's terrific, Sarah!! I can't wait to read all about it!

Maureen said...

Good Luck Sarah, I don't know of any programs, but I hope that your meeting goes well! How can he turn down such an important Buckeye fan!!

Annie said...

If you go to google and search "down syndrome and college" you'll get lots of articles about different colleges that have programs for students with down syndrome. Also, it may be helpful to visit with a counselor at the disability services office of a local college or university. Even if the school does not have an existing program, a good school will work with you individually to help you meet your educational goals.

Jen said...

Good for you, Sarah.

There are several programs just beginning in South Carolina...here's a link to the CTC, which has information about the programs.

http://www.collegetransitionconnection.org/news/

Best of luck to you!

Carol N. said...

Hi, actually I know of a couple in Canada - Concordia has a humanities program that a young man I know through my Flickr group
"Down syndrome in the Family" is enrolled in. His dad, Jim, is a huge advocate.

If you go to the flickr site: http://flickr.com/groups/downsyndromeinthefamily/discuss/72157607514716754/ - scroll down a bit to see what Jim says about it. If I were you, I would flickr mail him because he's great at responding - or post any questions in our discussion because the rest of us would likely be interested too!

Good luck. Oh, also University of Manitoba or the University of Winnipeg has a similar program.

Beverly said...

here is an article about Katie A. we had the pleasure of hearing her and her parents talk in PA a few years ago.http://www.usnews.com/articles/education/2009/02/13/college-is-possible-for-students-with-intellectual-disabilities.html?PageNr=1

and here for more college info
http://thinkcollege.net/

Good luck!!!

Mommy to those Special Ks said...

I do, I do! Vanderbilt University in Nashville just launched a program like this. I'm sure if you google it you can find info!

Ellen said...

I do not know of any, but I am so excited for both of you!

Jeanette said...

Hey, your timing is EXCELLENT!! I am at the Affiliates in Action conference in Washington DC right now and I am with representatives of 85 different Down Syndrome Associations. Tomorrow is our last day, but I will hunt around and see if I can get the names of colleges/universities with programs.

Kim Rees said...

I just want to say Best of Luck to you! You have a great challenge ahead of you but if anyone can finish the job it would be you!

Michelle said...

I know Eastern New Mexico University in Roswell has something like that: http://www.roswell.enmu.edu/special_services/occupational_training_program.php

I met the parents of a recent graduate from ENMU at the Buddy Walk in Roswell 2 yrs ago.

I know I've heard of other programs in other universities/colleges too, but I can't think of them right now- wish I would have bookmarked the info! I think there is one in Maine...I'll see what I can find out.

Good luck!

Cathal's Mammy said...

Trinity College in Dublin do run courses for people with intellectual disabilities, not just for people with down syndrome. As far as I know, the down syndrome Ireland independance officer's brother attends one of these courses.
http://www.tcd.ie/niid/
It might be worth e-mail DSI head office to ask too!!!
info@downsyndrome.ie

Hector and Jennifer Varanini Sanchez said...

That is so awesome Sarah!!! Way to go!!! I know that there is even a program at a leading university in Mexico City for students with developmental disabilities to enroll in college classes! I can't wait to hear what you find out! Please report back to us!

Lisa said...

Go Sarah (and Go Bucks)! How exciting to get to talk with Dr. Gee. You'll do great~!

AZ Chapman said...

this is huge . I was woundering if u were going to go to a speziled program for adults with disablities .( we both know we have more ablilite right ) I will send u some info via email veary soon.

Amy said...

Here in the Seattle area, Bellevue Community College has a program. They're at http://bellevuecollege.edu/venture/

Mary said...

Good luck!

Beth said...

Megan beat me to it (I've been out of town). George Mason University does have a program for students with special needs.

I wish you well with your advocacy!

Becca said...

Yep, Megan beat me to it--I was going to mention George Mason. Good luck on Thursday! Sounds exciting, and I'm sure the meeting will be very productive! We'd love you to come to Virginia, too!

Bonnie said...

Sarah, I know of a few:
George MAson University LIFE program in Fairfax VA
a new one just started:
Coastal Carolina University LIFE is supported by a partnership between CTC, NDSS, and the Center for Disability Resources at the University of South Carolina.
For more information visit: http://www.coastal.edu/cec/LIFEprogram.html
If you need more information, or help I know someone at NDSS who is doing this work to start programs all over the country, her daughter just finished the one in Fairfax.
Good Luck!!
Ann Robertson (Bonnie's mom)
ann45don@yahoo.com

Shannon @ Gabi's World said...

Oh shoot! I missed this before. How did it go?