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(Huffington Post)   Headline: young man with Down Syndrome, gets his college acceptance letter. Reality: to an institute designed for students with disabilities, called Clemson University   (huffingtonpost.com) divider line 88
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2013-12-20 12:28:35 PM
After looking up Clemson U, I think it is a typical university that offers a program called "Life" for those with intellectual disabilites.
 
2013-12-20 12:34:32 PM
Home of the Counting Potatoes!
 
2013-12-20 12:34:49 PM
So?

Good for him!

Give it your all!
 
2013-12-20 12:34:53 PM
That's nice and all, but this program costs $12,000 and accepts Federal Student Aid, and as he's over 18, he'll be allowed $5500-$7500 of Direct (stafford) loan a year, in his own name.

Is this REALLY helping him???
 
2013-12-20 12:35:18 PM
I wanna post a smart-ass image of a potato or Corky from Life Goes On.  But not now, not right, not funny, won't do it.
/And in the spirit of Season, neither should you.
 
2013-12-20 12:38:27 PM

what_now: That's nice and all, but this program costs $12,000 and accepts Federal Student Aid, and as he's over 18, he'll be allowed $5500-$7500 of Direct (stafford) loan a year, in his own name.

Is this REALLY helping him???



I hadn't heard that he is taking out loans.  That seems like a bad idea.  Do you have a source for that?

The Clemson Life program is designed to help people become self-sufficient (insofar as that is possible), so if it helps him get employment, it might be a net benefit even with the loans.
 
2013-12-20 12:39:06 PM
F*CK CLEMSON
 
2013-12-20 12:39:12 PM

what_now: That's nice and all, but this program costs $12,000 and accepts Federal Student Aid, and as he's over 18, he'll be allowed $5500-$7500 of Direct (stafford) loan a year, in his own name.

Is this REALLY helping him???



Huh.

I stand corrected. FSA does NOT issue loans to students w/ Intellectual Disabilities, just grants and work study. You would think I would know that, but I've never worked at a school that had a program like this, and I will not make the obvious joke about some of my students.
 
2013-12-20 12:40:31 PM

FloydA: what_now: That's nice and all, but this program costs $12,000 and accepts Federal Student Aid, and as he's over 18, he'll be allowed $5500-$7500 of Direct (stafford) loan a year, in his own name.

Is this REALLY helping him???


I hadn't heard that he is taking out loans.  That seems like a bad idea.  Do you have a source for that?

The Clemson Life program is designed to help people become self-sufficient (insofar as that is possible), so if it helps him get employment, it might be a net benefit even with the loans.


Indeed!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y6He0FWoFj0 <--- Tims Place
People with downs can do a great deal. This guy makes me think of a young Tim.
 
2013-12-20 12:59:52 PM
"BUT I APPLIED TO YALE DAMMIT!!!!"
 
2013-12-20 01:06:47 PM
He's overqualified to attend Gonzaga.
 
2013-12-20 01:07:49 PM
This seems to be a special program at Clemson. You had me thinking Clemson moved to the SEC, subby.
 
2013-12-20 01:10:04 PM

what_now: That's nice and all, but this program costs $12,000 and accepts Federal Student Aid, and as he's over 18, he'll be allowed $5500-$7500 of Direct (stafford) loan a year, in his own name.

Is this REALLY helping him???


Seems like a strange attitude to take. Maybe his family is just paying for it. Who are you to judge whether someone deserves an education if they want it?
 
2013-12-20 01:17:08 PM
"Nice cereal you have there. Mind if I take a sh*t in it?"

It's a nice story and a nice video. You're all a bunch of goddamn grinch's.
 
2013-12-20 01:33:05 PM
'Tards are a great addition to any campus. He can't read... wow. He'll be great to throw food at in the dining hall.
 
2013-12-20 01:33:08 PM
Why should I be any more happy for him than any other college student?
 
2013-12-20 01:33:14 PM
oblig


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2013-12-20 01:34:20 PM

plushpuppy: After looking up Clemson U, I think it is a typical university that offers a program called "Life" for those with intellectual disabilites.


I believe that was the joke.
 
2013-12-20 01:35:03 PM
Nice work wearing the non-specific college athletic sweatshirt for the occasion.

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2013-12-20 01:35:08 PM

Anayalator: oblig


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Probably sadder than the trisomy getting in.
 
2013-12-20 01:36:10 PM
Even though it's cool of Clemson to do this, I still need to post this:

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2013-12-20 01:36:26 PM
Great, another liberals arts major. Is he taking Psychology or Gender Studies?
 
2013-12-20 01:36:56 PM
So...he can't read...the program costs $12,000...and he is going to get a "degree". Well people have wasted that kind of money on more idiotic things I suppose.
 
2013-12-20 01:38:55 PM
And here I thought Duke was the school. Silly me he is over qualified for Duke.
 
2013-12-20 01:40:46 PM

Feel_the_velvet: Nice work wearing the non-specific college athletic sweatshirt for the occasion.

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Approves

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2013-12-20 01:40:47 PM

hailin: So...he can't read...the program costs $12,000...and he is going to get a "degree".


I think in some scenarios this sort of thing is characterized as "exploitation"
 
2013-12-20 01:43:06 PM

Feel_the_velvet: Nice work wearing the non-specific college athletic sweatshirt for the occasion.

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wow...they really are home of the fighting potatoes. lol
 
2013-12-20 01:43:41 PM
It's a pretty good school.  Look at the things that they're doing with football.
 
2013-12-20 01:46:29 PM

Nabb1: F*CK CLEMSON


Well, today I agreed with Nabb1 on something.
 
2013-12-20 01:47:06 PM
So...it wasn't Duke?
 
2013-12-20 01:49:14 PM
This would be incredibly depressing if he was rejected from he was the program.
/but a lot funnier
 
2013-12-20 01:49:49 PM
Overrated.  The kid probably has the same reaction spying on his hot sister, Kellie Martin.

Also, someone should check the house's foundation.  The entire room swayed at least twice in that video.  Very weird shutter effect?
 
2013-12-20 01:50:23 PM
This would be incredibly depressing if he was rejected from the program.
/but a lot funnier
//I really should consume coffee before I post in the morning.
 
2013-12-20 01:50:42 PM
www.cavemancircus.com
 
2013-12-20 01:51:02 PM

The_Sponge: He's overqualified to attend Gonzaga.


How do you get a Gonzaga grad off of your porch?

/pay him for the pizza.
 
2013-12-20 01:51:31 PM
Here's your trophy, fella.
 
2013-12-20 01:51:49 PM

DamnYankees: what_now: That's nice and all, but this program costs $12,000 and accepts Federal Student Aid, and as he's over 18, he'll be allowed $5500-$7500 of Direct (stafford) loan a year, in his own name.

Is this REALLY helping him???

Seems like a strange attitude to take. Maybe his family is just paying for it. Who are you to judge whether someone deserves an education if they want it?


Because some people have to be dicks 100% of the time.

Good going kid, and great job parents!
 
2013-12-20 01:54:33 PM
Man, that's big of CU to provide such a valuable service to ID kids.  Just pure, unadulterated selflessness on the part of the university.

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2013-12-20 01:55:50 PM
Starting at left tackle . . .
 
2013-12-20 01:56:22 PM

Feel_the_velvet: Nice work wearing the non-specific college athletic sweatshirt for the occasion.

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Yeah.  What is he, retarded?
 
2013-12-20 01:57:38 PM
I think the college was writing to inform him that they indeed have seen his baseball.
 
2013-12-20 01:58:03 PM

DamnYankees: what_now: That's nice and all, but this program costs $12,000 and accepts Federal Student Aid, and as he's over 18, he'll be allowed $5500-$7500 of Direct (stafford) loan a year, in his own name.

Is this REALLY helping him???

Seems like a strange attitude to take. Maybe his family is just paying for it. Who are you to judge whether someone deserves an education if they want it?


I've recanted.  However, I would be totally opposed to loan funding going to this program.
 
2013-12-20 01:58:05 PM

plushpuppy: After looking up Clemson U, I think it is a typical university that offers a program called "Life" for those with intellectual disabilites.


Whooshed in one.
 
2013-12-20 02:04:03 PM
Could be worse.

He could be going to SMU.  Where he'd be qualified for the Deanship.
 
2013-12-20 02:07:39 PM

what_now: DamnYankees: what_now: That's nice and all, but this program costs $12,000 and accepts Federal Student Aid, and as he's over 18, he'll be allowed $5500-$7500 of Direct (stafford) loan a year, in his own name.

Is this REALLY helping him???

Seems like a strange attitude to take. Maybe his family is just paying for it. Who are you to judge whether someone deserves an education if they want it?

I've recanted.  However, I would be totally opposed to loan funding going to this program.


Why? Shouldn't he be able to continue his education in the hopes of having a better life and better employment prospects than he would as a high school graduate?  You know the same as every other kid?
 
2013-12-20 02:12:53 PM

DamnYankees: what_now: That's nice and all, but this program costs $12,000 and accepts Federal Student Aid, and as he's over 18, he'll be allowed $5500-$7500 of Direct (stafford) loan a year, in his own name.

Is this REALLY helping him???

Seems like a strange attitude to take. Maybe his family is just paying for it. Who are you to judge whether someone deserves an education if they want it?


Well, if you watch the video, the kid gets a congratulatory letter accepting him into the program.  He stares at it for probably 10-15 seconds or so before his dad takes it from him and reads it to him.  It's not until his dad reads it to him that he realizes it is an acceptance letter.  He can't read.  You'll pardon me if I say that probably means he shouldn't go to college for special needs kids.

Egoy3k: Why? Shouldn't he be able to continue his education in the hopes of having a better life and better employment prospects than he would as a high school graduate? You know the same as every other kid?


Because he'll end with $25K in loans.  Will this program make him $25K more marketable than before?  See the paragraph above for relevant context.
 
2013-12-20 02:14:54 PM
That university deserves some type of humanitarian award for allowing everyone to go into $40,000 of debt for a useless "experience".

This particular situation presents a problem though:

What do you call someone who drops $40,00 just to learn how to mop the floor, balance a checkbook, hem socks, and cook a roast?
 
2013-12-20 02:15:03 PM

lennavan: Well, if you watch the video, the kid gets a congratulatory letter accepting him into the program.  He stares at it for probably 10-15 seconds or so before his dad takes it from him and reads it to him.  It's not until his dad reads it to him that he realizes it is an acceptance letter.  He can't read.  You'll pardon me if I say that probably means he shouldn't go to college for special needs kids.


Why not? Do you have any idea what the program even is? I have absolutely no idea what this program is for, so I don't have any basis on which to judge it.
 
2013-12-20 02:15:38 PM

ThatDarkFellow: That university deserves some type of humanitarian award for allowing everyone to go into $40,000 of debt for a useless "experience".

This particular situation presents a problem though:

What do you call someone who drops $40,000 just to learn how to mop the floor, balance a checkbook, hem socks, and cook a roast?


/oops
 
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2013-12-20 02:17:46 PM

ThatDarkFellow: What do you call someone who drops $40,00 just to learn how to mop the floor, balance a checkbook, hem socks, and cook a roast?


....retarded...?
 
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