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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
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2014-04-16 09:27:12 PM  
13 votes:
Just goes to show what a joke college has become.
2014-04-17 12:02:55 AM  
7 votes:
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.
2014-04-16 10:40:18 PM  
6 votes:
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.
2014-04-16 11:24:18 PM  
5 votes:
I know it's low hanging fruit to make the joke that colleges will accept just about anybody these days, but did none of you actually RTFA? He got accepted into a special program for people with learning disabilities.
2014-04-16 11:56:12 PM  
4 votes:
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.
2014-04-16 07:44:42 PM  
4 votes:
Still no cure for vertical video syndrome.
2014-04-16 11:16:15 PM  
3 votes:

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.
2014-04-16 11:02:15 PM  
3 votes:

dpzum1: Assholes, all of you...


Seriously.
2014-04-16 10:57:46 PM  
3 votes:
afterwards he celebrated by shiatting his pants and accidentally killing a household pet.
2014-04-16 10:41:18 PM  
3 votes:
That's retarded. And no, it did not make me emotional, or whatever the lame 'dusty in here' meme is implying.
2014-04-16 10:37:05 PM  
3 votes:
As long as there's money for tuition, colleges will accept just about anyone these days. Listening to him read that letter shows he is not qualified for higher education.
/college is a joke
//college degrees are worthless
2014-04-17 08:00:10 AM  
2 votes:
Weird, Palin had a downie, and I seem to remember laughter and jokes everywhere. Selective outrage, the liberal way.
2014-04-17 12:15:27 AM  
2 votes:
dpzum1:

No shiat.

Also Downs syndrome is incredibly variable.  Everything from minor physical manifestations to profound. And from normal intelligence to profoundly retarded. You can have kids that 'sound and look retarded' because of physical and peripheral nervous system detects yet are normal intelligence.
2014-04-16 11:33:27 PM  
2 votes:
dpzum1:


You're a good person, tfarks for you.
2014-04-16 11:13:20 PM  
2 votes:

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

Seriously.


Thanks. I know this is Fark, and I know what Fark is. But sometimes...
2014-04-16 11:09:06 PM  
2 votes:
Now he'll learn the mathematical equation for Potato.
2014-04-16 11:05:35 PM  
2 votes:
Yes, I want him to represent me in court, do my taxes, or possibly operate on my eyes.
You go kid, and I wish you well but currently a BA is the equivalent of a high school diploma of 30 years ago.

High schools are graduating the functionally illiterate these days, and employers want to see a degree just to give you a job as a lousy desk clerk for the simple reason they want make sure that you can read, and understand basic math.

Yeah, it got dusty all right, but only when I realized how much my degree is actually worth these days.

I'm glad I'm getting old.
2014-04-16 11:01:06 PM  
2 votes:
Assholes, all of you...
2014-04-16 10:42:10 PM  
2 votes:
My guess is he got a full ride to play football.  Big kid.  No fear.  Retard strength.  Won't be much less qualified than any of the other numbskulls accepted to play football.

/shu shu retarded flu!  shoo shoo retarded flu!
Skr
2014-04-17 07:23:30 AM  
1 vote:
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 04:36:16 AM  
1 vote:
I was skeptical at first, but after reading into it, the college has three tracks: "college experience," certifications, and degrees. So it appears accredited.

And then the more I thought about it, the better I thought it is. Let the Wal-Mart greeters be retirees, and people like this teen be able to get out into life, socialized and educated, and be as productive as possible.

That's what we as a society want, right?

And maybe, just maybe, this will light a fire under the asses of the "normal" teenage wastes the system is churning out now as they see they're getting smoked by determined people such as Noah.
2014-04-17 04:01:28 AM  
1 vote:

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.


Why did you have to post here and shiat on everyone's parade??

Seriously...you are an awesome dad.

I grew up with a "special ed" kid named Ernie who suffered seizures when he was a baby that left him permanently brain-damaged. He went through a lot of shiat while growing up because of his very obvious handicap (to this day, he still talks with a lisp and drools).

I had a friend who used to make fun of Ernie...we sometimes got into arguments over it. Years later, she gave birth to a daughter with a severe case of cerebral palsy. Said daughter spent her entire life in a wheelchair, drooling and unable to talk. She died nearly 5 years ago. Former Friend once told me that she thought her daughter was god's punishment for making fun of Ernie.

There were a couple of gang members who lived down the block from Ernie and kinda sorta adopted him as their kid brother...no one picked on him when he got to high school, but there were still a few kids who tried to take advantage of his friendly and trusting nature.

Ernie and I graduated from high school together. He didn't go to college, but he's worked as a part-time janitor for various companies over the years. He currently lives with one of his sisters and her family.

I last saw Ernie at a funeral a little over 3 years ago. He's still the same sweet, friendly person he always was. He's now 52, but looks like he's in his 30s. I'm jealous. :)
2014-04-17 02:00:08 AM  
1 vote:

FarkingStan: Tommyymmot:

I believe education is its own reward. Learning is a struggle, just as exercise or discipline. Many people do not have the courage to face their own limitations. Fewer still engage their limitations daily like a number of students I have had ranging from those with Asperger's syndrome to those with extreme low cognitive function. I don't know a parent that doesn't celebrate with their child when that child gets into college. While I do know many students whose parents didn't think the college their child got into was prestigious enough, none of them disparaged their child's desire to learn.

The problem today with education is manifold upon society.

Still, this man deserves a congratulations without bite or cynicism.

I'm sorry you were filled with something other than delight or hope for the future.


 No, as I approach retirement age, I look back and know my degree served me quite well,  opening doors for me left, and right.
I'm living pretty damned nice these days.
However, I got my degree over 30 years ago, and right now I just feel like that accreditation  has been cheapened.
2014-04-17 01:33:54 AM  
1 vote:
Tommyymmot:

I believe education is its own reward. Learning is a struggle, just as exercise or discipline. Many people do not have the courage to face their own limitations. Fewer still engage their limitations daily like a number of students I have had ranging from those with Asperger's syndrome to those with extreme low cognitive function. I don't know a parent that doesn't celebrate with their child when that child gets into college. While I do know many students whose parents didn't think the college their child got into was prestigious enough, none of them disparaged their child's desire to learn.

The problem today with education is manifold upon society.

Still, this man deserves a congratulations without bite or cynicism.

I'm sorry you were filled with something other than delight or hope for the future.
2014-04-17 01:31:21 AM  
1 vote:

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.


A friend in me too, and God (or whatever you hold dear) love you for giving him a chance to show that to the world.
2014-04-17 01:19:11 AM  
1 vote:
I remember being in a communications class in college. We had one student that was what some here would call retarded, others would call mentally handicapped, and yet others would call "exceptional."

That man worked harder than anyone else in the class. His options were limited, but he reveled in his education unlike so many of the beer swilling guys or junk seeking girls I knew. His motivations for education, I found after spending quite a bit of time getting to know him, were truly inspiring.

Later, I spent quite a lot of time working with special education students in high school. Many had limited prospects, but nearly all of them were delighted to have the opportunity to learn, and took it seriously. Other students, for the most part, were put to shame regarding attendance and passion for learning.

There were emotionally disturbed students that had their own things to wrestle with, but for the rest of the students I worked with, they dealt with adversity and challenge with a passion other students didn't have in their pinky..

Many of these comments are shameful in this forum. Whether you feel there's dust in the envelope or not, give a man his due.

While education isn't the ivory tower of years past, it's an opportunity for those that want to learn. Learning, in its own right, is a noble goal. In going to school, and passionately pursuing education, that guy will earn something no one can take away from him... knowledge.
2014-04-17 01:19:03 AM  
1 vote:

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.


I'm currently 7 months pregnant with a daughter who will have Ds. I'm glad I read your comment. I was getting really upset at some of the other posts, but yours and the way you handled the rudeness and insensitivity was commendable. Thank you for sharing about your son.
2014-04-17 01:00:39 AM  
1 vote:

Forbidden Doughnut: TV's Vinnie: Now he'll learn the mathematical equation for Potato.

I highly doubt if he'll major in any of the STEM disciplines....


True. Those programs only accept the socially retarded...
2014-04-17 12:28:15 AM  
1 vote:
 People with Down Syndrome can actually be high functioning even though they talk funny.
2014-04-17 12:12:52 AM  
1 vote:

dpzum1: 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.

You will always have a friend in me.


Thanks!
2014-04-16 11:43:57 PM  
1 vote:
Wow, a video of Rob Ford's Mayoral acceptance speech. Thanks Fark!
2014-04-16 11:37:53 PM  
1 vote:

Enuratique: I know it's low hanging fruit to make the joke that colleges will accept just about anybody these days, but did none of you actually RTFA? He got accepted into a special program for people with learning disabilities.


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'?
2014-04-16 11:35:05 PM  
1 vote:

Enuratique: I know it's low hanging fruit to make the joke that colleges will accept just about anybody these days, but did none of you actually RTFA? He got accepted into a special program for people with learning disabilities.


To be fair, most colleges have poli-sci programs
2014-04-16 11:29:52 PM  
1 vote:
He got into a college with a program made made to help people with learning disabilities and special needs attend college?
Ooooookaaaaay. System works?
2014-04-16 11:28:04 PM  
1 vote:

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.


Good point. I know of many who have had incredible opportunities only to piss them away. The real problem I have with this thread in general is the fact that so many chose to condemn someone, and make fun of someone, who didn't choose, or wasn't the cause of their so-called disability. I know more people who are considered "normal" whom I would rather not associate with.
2014-04-16 11:28:04 PM  
1 vote:

Enuratique: I know it's low hanging fruit to make the joke that colleges will accept just about anybody these days, but did none of you actually RTFA? He got accepted into a special program for people with learning disabilities.


What is this "article" thing you speak of?
2014-04-16 11:22:04 PM  
1 vote:

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.
2014-04-16 11:19:26 PM  
1 vote:
I don't get all the hate, even on fark. Good luck to the kid.
2014-04-16 11:16:48 PM  
1 vote:

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

Seriously.


Seriously x2

As a parent watching zobear jr., in the last few weeks get: accepted to her backup (she didn't want to go there, really), rejected from her 3rd choice (accepted to the university but not the program), rejected from her 2nd choice, no response from her 4th, and finally accepted to her 1st choice (program and university), I got a little verklempt.

Good on him!
2014-04-16 11:11:35 PM  
1 vote:
Which just goes to prove colleges will accept anyone with enough cash and your degree in communications is worthless
2014-04-16 10:57:54 PM  
1 vote:
Watched it on my phone. My cat got scared when he started grunting and doing whatever chant it is that gives retards their super saiyen strength.
2014-04-16 10:56:57 PM  
1 vote:
Another Liberal Arts major - who can tell the difference? At least she overcame something rather than just coat-tailing on Daddy's money.
2014-04-16 10:55:37 PM  
1 vote:
Here's hoping my niece gets to open a letter like that in 16 years.
2014-04-16 10:50:19 PM  
1 vote:

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


Just FYI:  UF is called a "public ivy."  Not an easy school to get into and has some very well regarded programs.
2014-04-16 10:48:25 PM  
1 vote:
He'll major in politics, right?
2014-04-16 10:47:38 PM  
1 vote:
This being the internet, I'm not going to argue with you, subby.
2014-04-16 10:43:34 PM  
1 vote:
If they restricted college acceptances to people who were that proud and happy to be accepted to college, enrollments would drop to virtually zero.

Good for you, kid. Make the most of your life.
2014-04-16 07:47:22 PM  
1 vote:
No doubt he'll be the smartest kid at Gonzaga.
 
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