The Times West Virginian

March 22, 2013

World Down Syndrome Day marked at Disability Action Center

By Debra Minor Wilson
Times West Virginian

FAIRMONT — In a lot of ways, Steven Garlow is a typical young adult.

He has a good job.

He has a place to hang out with friends. He loves sports and video games.

He even has a girlfriend. (He’s the quiet one; she’s the talker.)

But the 20-year-old has something really special about him.

He’s one of about 350,000 people in the United States, and 6 million worldwide, living with Down syndrome.

He and his friends at the Disability Action Center in Fairmont marked World Down Syndrome Day Thursday with videos, refreshments and a balloon release.

His mom, Lisa, has been bringing him here since he was about 3.

It offers him a whole world of classes, experiences, friends and so much more, she said.

“There are still misconceptions about people with Down,” she said. “People don’t realize they have the ability to learn and understand as much as they do. They can learn and go to school, just like any other child.

“But people are realizing there are more opportunities for them.”

At the DAC, Steven and his friends have dances and classes.

“They learn daily life skills, like balancing a checkbook, how to speak in public. They learn to be more socially interactive with people.


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