And in addition to those friendships, I have formed lifelong friendships with a very special group of moms whose children also attended ACDS at the same time as my daughter and my older son (who also attended preschool at ACDS).
Meghan grew and thrived during her time in Early Intervention and preschool at ACDS. She is now 10 years old, and doing very well. She is in an integrated program in our home district, and I know that one of the reasons she is doing so well is because she had the help and expertise of those at ACDS to guide her during her early years.
ACDS is an amazing place, and we are very lucky as Long Islanders to have this incredible organization at our disposal. I have many friends across the United States who have children with disabilities. In speaking with them, I have never heard of another place like ACDS -- where they truly are experts in how to best help children with Down syndrome learn and grow, a true lifetime agency; assisting families from birth or before birth, through our children’s adult years.
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