Do you remember watching the YouTube video of Rion Holcombe that went viral when he received his acceptance letter to Clemson University? Holcombe is a South Carolina resident with Down Syndrome. That video has nearly two million views!
It is now time for Holcombe’s dream to become a reality! He moved in to his dorm recently and CBS News was there to capture the excitement. Holcombe is enrolled in Clemson LIFE, a two-year program for students with intellectual disabilities. Programs like this one are becoming more popular on college campuses around the country.
One of the greatest benefits is the opportunity for inclusion. Both students with and without disabilities can interact with each other, which promotes diversity. This model of education has become very successful and I hope it continues to improve the lives of people like it has for Holcombe.