15th Annual Connecticut Down Syndrome Congress Convention
Down Syndrome Beyond The Myths
Saturday, October 14, 2000
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
"Opening the doors of tomorrow today--shattering the myth that inclusion doesn't work." Karen Gaffney, a young woman with Down syndrome, will discuss what she has been able to accomplish because her family, teachers and friends challenged the myth that children with Down syndrome can't learn. Karen is graduating college this fall with an associates degree in education. An avid swimmer, she is training to swim the English Channel as a member of a relay team. She is also the founder of the Karen Gaffney Foundation, a non-profit organization that is dedicated to championing the journey to full inclusion in families, schools, communities, and the workplace for persons with Down syndrome. Through her personal appearances, Karen seeks to instill new hope for a full, productive and inclusive life in the hearts and minds of new parents of a child born with Down syndrome as well as to heighten awareness and raise expectations of students, counselors, and those in the medical profession of the capabilities of our children.
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