International Guidelines for the Education of Learners with Down syndrome

Down Syndrome International has just released guidelines designed to help develop and improve the availability and quality of education for people with Down syndrome around the world and to contribute to the realisation of their right to an inclusive education and lifelong learning as outlined in Article 24 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).
As the first international best-practice guidance in this area, they have been written by educational professionals and experts in the field, with input from our global network of members and stakeholders, to ensure their global relevance and value.
The guidelines will focus on providing:
• best-practice guidance for learners, teachers and managers in pre-school, school and post-school education settings to promote life-long learning.
• promote life opportunities and quality of life of people with Down syndrome.
• promote inclusion in society, interests and friendships.
• can facilitate greater independence and future employment.
• will provide a global reference point and a lobbying tool for education learners, families and supporters, education professionals, commissioners of services, national and regional Down syndrome and disability organisations, managers and charities, to encourage adoption of best practice in their countries.

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