Most of us want to be active in our communities, practice our faith and live independently.
People with Down syndrome are like that, too, but often struggle with some basics.
Consider arranging dinner and a movie with friends. You must set the date, invite friends, negotiate choices and coordinate the time to dine and go to the film. You have to get to the restaurant on time and so on throughout the evening.
It’s an options-laced, abstract and complex process in which most steps must be in sequence.
Change dinner and a movie to any of a thousand activities and you can see how daunting community engagement can be for people with a cognitive disability.
But these challenges can be overcome, and this process starts with the individual.