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(Gawker)   Teen with Down Syndrome got accepted to college. Someone filmed it. There must have been something in that envelope, because it got dusty in here   (gawker.com) divider line 140
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2014-04-17 05:15:26 AM  
I remember when Fark was better than Reddit and 4chan.
 
2014-04-17 05:18:57 AM  
today was a very good day and this video made it so much better...then i read the comments.  what a shame.

50 years ago that same young man likely would have been institutionalized and never seen in public.
now he has an opportunity to further his education and contribute in society.
bravo lad!
 
2014-04-17 06:20:38 AM  

duckpoopy: That's retarded. And no, it did not make me emotional, or whatever the lame 'dusty in here' meme is implying.


/IM with you, i am sad to admit, i laughed. perhaps I'm too jaded, but that was some funny shiat.
 
2014-04-17 06:43:29 AM  
So is he studying philosophy, media & art, or politics?

I think the tutors in those fields would be glad of a student who is not just using the course as a way to get an easy degree or as a way to find topics to argue in the pub about...

In other news I bet you couldn`t find someone happier or more life affirming than someone with downs...
 
2014-04-17 06:57:40 AM  

LemSkroob: afterwards he celebrated by shiatting his pants and accidentally killing a household pet.


i.imgur.com
 
2014-04-17 07:05:11 AM  

dpzum1: Assholes, all of you...


But don't dare call them racists. Just bigots.
 
2014-04-17 07:07:04 AM  
So a special program to give the college experience to someone who did not earn it the normal way..... Thought everyone wanted to be treated equally? At first I thought the article would be about him earning admission to a college like everyone else. he is not contributing and never will any more than a 6th grade dropout would. He is being hand held. Sucks, but call it what it is.
 
2014-04-17 07:20:06 AM  

Gyrfalcon: marius2: dpzum1: marius2: dpzum1: Assholes, all of you...

Seriously.

Thanks. I know this is Fark, and I know what Fark is. But sometimes...

I had the same reaction. It wasn't as if this kid was accepted into law school, he was accepted into college, he was given a chance to make a career for himself when he was doubted all his life. This wasn't a prestigious college, but people still want to give him shiat rather than saying "it's good that we're finally realizing that people may be more intelligent than they appear and that people with disabilities should be given equal chances." No one is handing him a diploma, but they're offering him a chance. I know plenty of intelligent people who had that chance and chose to get drunk instead. I don't understand how people can be so angry about him getting a shot.

Because THIS.....IS....FARK!!!! And also the last place a person can hate on retards and still feel good about themselves for doing so.

you maybe right. but you WILL bring Holy Hell down upon you if you have an opinion, or try to joke about race, sexual preference, etc. because the you are a closed minded bigot, and/or racist. because here at Fark you have to tow the line. everyone is grand. we all shine under the same sun. and if you are not politically correct. you are a Neanderthal,

 
Skr
2014-04-17 07:23:30 AM  
Regardless of my thoughts on College, this College Experience thing sounds like an interesting way to
enrich and preoccupy the teen. Being able to be a part of the greater social world will hopefully help the
teen enjoy life more. If nothing else, such an enrichment program would be great for other students to
adopt a bit more tolerance and provide good life experiences to those going into care giving professions.
Really anything of a social aspect would be good for the kid, so kudos to the college. I had found out
during grade school that socializing with the differently abled can really change their life for the better.

/that school was a good experience.
//while the 'different' kids didn't really participate like normal kids, they truly seemed happy to just be doing
something.
 
2014-04-17 07:26:01 AM  

DrBenway: Given how dusty Fark seems to be getting every day, maybe Drew should invest in a vacuum cleaner. Or buy a swiffer at least. Or a new metaphor.


...
 
2014-04-17 07:28:54 AM  

RockofAges: Awesome story. In meatspace I have a special place in my heart for the "little guy". Ernie is probably a better person than most people in this thread. Myself included.


"meatspace"??

you need to get out more.
 
2014-04-17 07:35:51 AM  
To those that DNRTFA

When high school senior Noah VanVooren was born with Down Syndrome 18 years ago, doctors told his parents he would never be able to "walk, talk, or do anything," his dad says. Well, Noah just found out he'll be going to college in the fall.
VanVooren, of Little Chute, Wisc., was thrilled to find out he'll be attending Edgewood College as part of its 
Cutting Edge program, a 4-year college experience for students with developmental disabilities.

-I think that's cool. I will always support the achievements of people who were told they couldn't.
 
2014-04-17 07:44:20 AM  

Thunderpipes: So a special program to give the college experience to someone who did not earn it the normal way..... Thought everyone wanted to be treated equally? At first I thought the article would be about him earning admission to a college like everyone else. he is not contributing and never will any more than a 6th grade dropout would. He is being hand held. Sucks, but call it what it is.


You could say the same thing about anyone who has any type of disability or is a minority. Why? Because the system is built against them. But that doesn't mean that they would get anything out of college and go on to be useful members of society. Many people who 'deserve it' by meeting the requirements waste their time and money by not taking it seriously. But give that opportunity to someone who never thought they'd go to college, and you'd be amazed by how much they make of it and their lives afterwards.

Of course, you could just continue being a bigot and writing your judgmental opinions on the internet.
 
2014-04-17 07:45:22 AM  

bborchar: Thunderpipes: So a special program to give the college experience to someone who did not earn it the normal way..... Thought everyone wanted to be treated equally? At first I thought the article would be about him earning admission to a college like everyone else. he is not contributing and never will any more than a 6th grade dropout would. He is being hand held. Sucks, but call it what it is.

You could say the same thing about anyone who has any type of disability or is a minority. Why? Because the system is built against them. But that doesn't mean that they would get anything out of college and go on to be useful members of society. Many people who 'deserve it' by meeting the requirements waste their time and money by not taking it seriously. But give that opportunity to someone who never thought they'd go to college, and you'd be amazed by how much they make of it and their lives afterwards.

Of course, you could just continue being a bigot and writing your judgmental opinions on the internet.


*wouldn't get anything

FTFM
 
2014-04-17 07:54:36 AM  

bborchar: Thunderpipes: So a special program to give the college experience to someone who did not earn it the normal way..... Thought everyone wanted to be treated equally? At first I thought the article would be about him earning admission to a college like everyone else. he is not contributing and never will any more than a 6th grade dropout would. He is being hand held. Sucks, but call it what it is.

You could say the same thing about anyone who has any type of disability or is a minority. Why? Because the system is built against them. But that doesn't mean that they would get anything out of college and go on to be useful members of society. Many people who 'deserve it' by meeting the requirements waste their time and money by not taking it seriously. But give that opportunity to someone who never thought they'd go to college, and you'd be amazed by how much they make of it and their lives afterwards.

Of course, you could just continue being a bigot and writing your judgmental opinions on the internet.


Actually no, the system is built to give a leg up to minorities and handicaps. But you knew that, right? But only certain minorities. For instance, Asians get no special treatment. Wonder why that is?
 
2014-04-17 07:57:16 AM  

DrBenway: dpzum1: NobleHam: I'm getting pretty sick of these "look how great it is that someone clearly not normal had something normal happen for them" articles and videos. It's not news or feel-good entertainment when a person with Down's Syndrome goes to prom, or scores a touchdown, or gets accepted to a special ed program at a college. The fact that it's treated like a miracle is pretty damn patronizing.

It's a miracle when those who are considered "different" with regard to apparent mental capacity (and this reaches FAR beyond this context) are treated with the same respect and dignity as those who are considered "normal'.

As far as things typically go on Fark, you've just made a strong argument for carrying on with the jokes and mocking then.


Aye.  Nobody here, or that we talk about, gets treated with respect or dignity.  Asking for exception for any given type of person is tatamount to racism/classism/or whatever relative title of prejudice and/or bigotry.

In other words, the way we joke about this kid, IS treating the topic normally.  Not normal for the real world, but about par for fark.

I think some people may find themselves happier if they were to find a website where mocking is not the status quo.
 
2014-04-17 07:58:31 AM  

FarkingStan: LemScroob:

So it will major in 'Do you want an apple pie with that?' and minor in 'Communications'

What is the graduate program, 'Memorizing all the Bus Stops'?


Your jokes are not funny. They are not appreciated. Your comments are sad. Not for him, or for us, but for you.


but they are not jokes. and thats the problem
 
2014-04-17 08:00:10 AM  
Weird, Palin had a downie, and I seem to remember laughter and jokes everywhere. Selective outrage, the liberal way.
 
2014-04-17 08:33:15 AM  

RockofAges: Thunderpipes: bborchar: Thunderpipes: So a special program to give the college experience to someone who did not earn it the normal way..... Thought everyone wanted to be treated equally? At first I thought the article would be about him earning admission to a college like everyone else. he is not contributing and never will any more than a 6th grade dropout would. He is being hand held. Sucks, but call it what it is.

You could say the same thing about anyone who has any type of disability or is a minority. Why? Because the system is built against them. But that doesn't mean that they would get anything out of college and go on to be useful members of society. Many people who 'deserve it' by meeting the requirements waste their time and money by not taking it seriously. But give that opportunity to someone who never thought they'd go to college, and you'd be amazed by how much they make of it and their lives afterwards.

Of course, you could just continue being a bigot and writing your judgmental opinions on the internet.

Actually no, the system is built to give a leg up to minorities and handicaps. But you knew that, right? But only certain minorities. For instance, Asians get no special treatment. Wonder why that is?

I agree. However, people with handicaps NEED a leg / hand up. You're a colossal asshole if you disagree. Racial / sexual minorities, to my mind, are NOT DISABLED, and thus do not require disability funding.


Well, no, I never advocated for giving minorities disability funding, nor would I ever do so.  Do I think minorities who grew up in a disadvantaged environment deserve some help?  Yes, because the only way to get them out of poverty is by making sure they get a college education.  Same for people with disabilities.  College degrees aren't just for the 'elite', nor should they be.  If this kid wants to make something out of himself, then good on him.
 
2014-04-17 08:42:14 AM  

Thunderpipes: Weird, Palin had a downie, and I seem to remember laughter and jokes everywhere. Selective outrage, the liberal way.


I remember people making fun of Sarah Palin for having a kid with Down syndrome that was more intelligent than her the moment he was born.
 
2014-04-17 08:48:27 AM  

marius2: dpzum1: marius2: dpzum1: Assholes, all of you...

Seriously.

Thanks. I know this is Fark, and I know what Fark is. But sometimes...

I had the same reaction. It wasn't as if this kid was accepted into law school, he was accepted into college, he was given a chance to make a career for himself when he was doubted all his life. This wasn't a prestigious college, but people still want to give him shiat rather than saying "it's good that we're finally realizing that people may be more intelligent than they appear and that people with disabilities should be given equal chances." No one is handing him a diploma, but they're offering him a chance. I know plenty of intelligent people who had that chance and chose to get drunk instead. I don't understand how people can be so angry about him getting a shot.


I like you
 
2014-04-17 09:00:05 AM  

Bomb Head Mohammed: topcon: Just FYI: UF is called a "public ivy." Not an easy school to get into and has some very well regarded programs.


this morning i woke up feeling all depressed about life and then i went on fark and saw some guy rationalizing UF and suddenly my life doesn't seem so empty by comparison.


"Rationalizing" it?

You mean how it's consistently ranked one of the best universities in the country?

http://www.forbes.com/top-colleges/list/

#71 on a WORLD ranking of universities.

http://www.shanghairanking.com/ARWU2013.html

But yep, I'm "rationalizing" it.
 
2014-04-17 09:03:09 AM  

Circusdog320: My son has Down Syndrome
He is 25 and lives at home with us.

He doesn't care about the color of your skin, where you're from or who you choose to love. If you're kind to him he is kind to you in return. He is a shining example of what is good in this world and how we should all treat one another. I  strive to be more like him in this regard and I often fail  to live up to these standards for which it seems comes naturally for him. People with Down Syndrome and other disabilities ARE people, they feel, they laugh and they are hurt by cruel insensitive comments and rude remarks.

All of you have a good night.


Hugs.
/ I just felt like hugging you because I have the highest admiration for parents like you. You are a way better person than I will ever be.
 
2014-04-17 09:09:57 AM  

RockofAges: bborchar: RockofAges: Thunderpipes: bborchar: Thunderpipes: So a special program to give the college experience to someone who did not earn it the normal way..... Thought everyone wanted to be treated equally? At first I thought the article would be about him earning admission to a college like everyone else. he is not contributing and never will any more than a 6th grade dropout would. He is being hand held. Sucks, but call it what it is.

You could say the same thing about anyone who has any type of disability or is a minority. Why? Because the system is built against them. But that doesn't mean that they would get anything out of college and go on to be useful members of society. Many people who 'deserve it' by meeting the requirements waste their time and money by not taking it seriously. But give that opportunity to someone who never thought they'd go to college, and you'd be amazed by how much they make of it and their lives afterwards.

Of course, you could just continue being a bigot and writing your judgmental opinions on the internet.

Actually no, the system is built to give a leg up to minorities and handicaps. But you knew that, right? But only certain minorities. For instance, Asians get no special treatment. Wonder why that is?

I agree. However, people with handicaps NEED a leg / hand up. You're a colossal asshole if you disagree. Racial / sexual minorities, to my mind, are NOT DISABLED, and thus do not require disability funding.

Well, no, I never advocated for giving minorities disability funding, nor would I ever do so.  Do I think minorities who grew up in a disadvantaged environment deserve some help?  Yes, because the only way to get them out of poverty is by making sure they get a college education.  Same for people with disabilities.  College degrees aren't just for the 'elite', nor should they be.  If this kid wants to make something out of himself, then good on him.

Do you mean "poor"? Because I think we need to take "skin colour" out of ...


Well, given the fact that minorities and people with disabilities are more likely to be poor and need government assistance, you'd think more people would be supportive of giving these people a chance to better their situation in life.  But I guess not.
 
2014-04-17 09:17:58 AM  

MrHappyRotter: Clown college or the University of Florida? I don't have time to watch vids, so I'm hoping somebody clarifies.


Is there a difference?
 
2014-04-17 09:23:47 AM  
Wanted to make an agricultural college/potato joke, but people are being all serious.

Although - and I can't believe I'm saying this - some of what I'm reading here makes me a little less cynical.
 
2014-04-17 09:36:15 AM  

AverageAmericanGuy: Just goes to show what a joke college has become.


Or the people posting comments.
 
2014-04-17 09:49:14 AM  

AverageAmericanGuy: Just goes to show what a joke college has become.


The 47th percentile of the bell curve.
 
2014-04-17 10:01:59 AM  

LemSkroob: So it will major in 'Do you want an apple pie with that?' and minor in 'Communications'


I resemble that remark.

/not ashamed
//Ph.D., actually
///People pay me to resolve disputes for special education.
 
2014-04-17 10:12:55 AM  
another proud member of bovine university
 
2014-04-17 10:45:06 AM  

RockofAges: bborchar:

Being both poor AND having disability in the family, you chose your mark poorly.

Since I'm a poor white guy however, I paid my entire tuition on my dishwashing wages and full student loans.

My point, which you cleverly ignore, was that all funding for the disadvantaged should be, well, based on actual disadvantage (economic hardship / poverty or disability of some sort). Race should have nothing to do with it from the standpoint of the gov't. As you can clearly see, poor whites aren't exactly a fan of racially divided benefits for the poor.

Poor whites and poor blacks have a lot more in common than rich whites and poor whites.


Are you arguing that minorities and the disabled AREN'T more likely than white or able-bodied people to be on some sort of government assistance?  Because they are.  I grew up a poor white girl, and worked and paid my way through college, as well.  I COULD have become bitter about it, but I'm not, since I'm a realist and understand that our society isn't colorblind and as this thread itself proves, not understanding of those with disabilities, either.
 
2014-04-17 10:47:08 AM  

dpzum1: NobleHam: I'm getting pretty sick of these "look how great it is that someone clearly not normal had something normal happen for them" articles and videos. It's not news or feel-good entertainment when a person with Down's Syndrome goes to prom, or scores a touchdown, or gets accepted to a special ed program at a college. The fact that it's treated like a miracle is pretty damn patronizing.

It's a miracle when those who are considered "different" with regard to apparent mental capacity (and this reaches FAR beyond this context) are treated with the same respect and dignity as those who are considered "normal'.


Filming them and making a spectacle of an ordinary occurrence as if it's somehow incredible isn't treating them with respect or dignity.
 
2014-04-17 10:53:42 AM  

RockofAges: Geoff Peterson: RockofAges: Awesome story. In meatspace I have a special place in my heart for the "little guy". Ernie is probably a better person than most people in this thread. Myself included.

"meatspace"??

you need to get out more.

I think I've made fun of you before for being a pansy (farkied pink), so I'm not too worried about your estimation of my night life (very plentiful / fun by the way).

Tell me you didn't have the internet before 2000. Do you know what IRC / telnet / FTP even are? Have you ever read a single book by William Gibson or Neal Stephenson?

You are on what used to be a geek site, b-t-dubya.


LOL I like how instead of defending your point, you go on the attack instead. True FARK material! Just so you know, kid, I cut my teeth typing in pages and pages of Basic and assembly language on a TRS 80 and then an Atari 800. I eventually saved my money to get the big dog Commodore 64, so I would have virtually unlimited RAM to use! I been fixing DUN since...well since systems had DUN. I been ghosting systems professionally since people were questioning whether Win 2000 could actually top the flawless functionality of Win NT.

None of that changes the fact that you use that term you use because you think it makes you sound cool. You sound like a pathetically desperate douchebag who is deeply concerned about how his Internet friends perceive him.


/Fark has always been pretty much the same format as it is now, just looks different.
 
2014-04-17 10:57:29 AM  
Let the kid learn....just don't mess with my child's academic scholarship in FL...

\22 years old and 6 yrs college
\\grad school in pensacola next fall
\\\minimum school loans

IT kid, helps me with everthing pc-phone related..
 
2014-04-17 11:53:06 AM  
www.theforce.net

The derp is strong in this thread
 
2014-04-17 02:05:44 PM  

RockofAges: QQ moar, wannabe. Fact is that you tossed out an insult first and I taught you a lesson. Now go back to your basement and dig out your old Apple II for some core gaming plz. And please, scrape the cheetos dust from the third chin.


LOL you couldn't teach a three yr old shiat in the potty you pathetic loser, and just because you say it, doesn't make it so. I like how you bow your chest out like you did something when all you did was show how pathetic you are (and ignorant about FARK as well). farking little worm.

For what its worth, I wasnt trying to insult you. I was pointing out that using the term makes you seem pathetic. When you grow up, you will learn to be able to take constructive criticism and use it to better yourself. Dropping the term "meatspace" from your vocabulary (both written and spoken) you will improve your presentation to those you interact with. That's a guarantee.
 
2014-04-17 02:55:22 PM  

Geoff Peterson: I was pointing out that using the term makes you seem pathetic.


Seems that way....to you.(anecdotal argument and all that) Those of us that are sane get the reference and go about our day.

I wonder, is there something people can do, like kegels, but to relax their sphincters? If there is, I suggest you do it post-haste, frequently.
 
2014-04-17 02:56:35 PM  

RockofAges: Awesome story. In meatspace I have a special place in my heart for the "little guy". Ernie is probably a better person than most people in this thread. Myself included.


My mom taught me & my brothers that the "special people" were put here by god to test the rest of us. We grew up being friends with kids that other kids, for the most part, shunned. The only handicapped kid in my neighborhood who was well-liked lived behind us, a boy named Kevin who had lost his left arm and had a metal prosthesis with three fingers. That kid could swing from the monkey bars at school like no one else. We called him the Robot Kid, which wasn't an insult at all, because every kid at that time watched Gigantor (the robot) cartoons. Actually, we were in awe of him.

I no longer believe in any god, but I have always treated "special people" with respect and will continue to do so, because I have observed that when you treat them like shiat, karma will eventually bite you in the ass.
 
2014-04-17 08:15:08 PM  

omeganuepsilon: Geoff Peterson: I was pointing out that using the term makes you seem pathetic.

Seems that way....to you.(anecdotal argument and all that) Those of us that are sane get the reference and go about our day.

I wonder, is there something people can do, like kegels, but to relax their sphincters? If there is, I suggest you do it post-haste, frequently.


Hey I was just trying to help him out. If he (and you) like using buzzwords that mark you as dorks, go for it.
 
2014-04-17 10:11:10 PM  
Says someone who doesn't understand what "buzzword" means.
 
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