20 y.o. with Down Syndrome get his college acceptance letter (video)

Rion Holcombe, age 20, has Down Syndrome. His dream is to be a college student.

A few days ago he got “the letter.”

His parents filmed his reaction.

rion-holcombe-down-syndrom-acceptance-college
Rion will be attending Clemson next year as a freshman, where they have a special acceptance program for kids with special needs.

More on Rion’s story from GoUpstate:

Clemson Life is a two-year program that teaches independent living skills to young adults with a wide range of disabilities. The students live in a four-bedroom apartment on campus with a resident assistant in each unit. They learn about cleaning and cooking, along with taking classes in personal finances, social skills, functional literacy and safety. They also receive job training and placement and individual and group counseling.

“We really focus on a functional curriculum,” said director Elizabeth Gorman. “For a lot of our students, this is their first time away from home.”

Congrats, Rion!  And good work, Clemson.

PS I’m sicker than a dog with whatever cold/flu ish thing is going around, so posting will be lighter for a while. I’m writing this, then editing a post for the morning, then going upstairs to die.


(I’m told that in order to better see my Facebook posts in your feed, you need to “follow” me.)


Follow me on Twitter: @aravosis | @americablog | @americabloggay | Facebook | Google+ | LinkedIn. John Aravosis is the editor of AMERICAblog, which he founded in 2004. He has a joint law degree (JD) and masters in Foreign Service from Georgetown (1989); and worked in the US Senate, World Bank, Children's Defense Fund, and as a stringer for the Economist. Frequent TV pundit: O'Reilly Factor, Hardball, World News Tonight, Nightline & Reliable Sources. Bio, .

Share This Post

  • Kellie Fry

    Maybe he was just excited and thrilled and couldn’t believe what he was reading. I’m sure his parents would not have given him a letter and then set up to film his reaction if they knew he couldn’t read. I personally know a man with down’s syndrome who was educated and went to regular public school as well as college, and now lives on his own in his own apartment. Your last sentence represents exactly why people with disabilities are denied such opportunities.

  • Spasmolytic

    If he comes late to class, is it politically incorrect for the professor to call him tardy?

  • http://AMERICAblog.com/ John Aravosis

    Fortunately it’s staying away from my chest – I mean, I have a slight cough, but it’s not getting any worse, so I’m taking my antibiotics, but am avoiding the steroids so far.

  • http://AMERICAblog.com/ John Aravosis

    “Clemson Life is a two-year program that teaches independent living skills to young adults with a wide range of disabilities. The students live in a four-bedroom apartment on campus with a resident assistant in each unit. They learn about cleaning and cooking, along with taking classes in personal finances, social skills, functional literacy and safety. They also receive job training and placement and individual and group counseling.

    “’We really focus on a functional curriculum,’ said director Elizabeth Gorman. ‘For a lot of our students, this is their first time away from home.’ “

  • bertinanth764

    my Aunty Alyssa got a
    nearly new Cadillac Escalade Hybrid by working from a computer. a knockout post
    B­i­g­2­9­.­ℂ­o­m

  • PhilSimms

    I’m happy for him and his parents and wish him the best of luck but I was a bit alarmed by the fact his father had to read and explain his acceptance letter to him. Perhaps he’s not really college material.

  • SFExPat

    John, put a bunch of lemon and sugar in it and heat it up in the microwave. It doesn’t even taste like whiskey at that point. (At least, not to me, and I’m not a distilled spirits fan either.)

  • SFExPat

    Not anabolic steroids, people, anti-inflammatory steroids. Different chemistry, different structure, different purpose.

  • Indigo

    Well, yeah, but then you wrap a bandana or a cloth around it to prevent making a mess.

  • http://AMERICAblog.com/ John Aravosis

    You know, I tried Vix, or something similar, a few years back, and my what a mess it made!

  • JONES

    No joke emjayjay. John is right. Asthma or any lung impairment is not to be taken lightly. There was an article here a few days ago about a teen that died in school because administrators kept taking his inhaler away.
    Don’t mess around if this goes to your chest. I was proactive and it held on for almost three weeks.

  • http://AMERICAblog.com/ John Aravosis

    Hmmm… I wonder if it’s one of those resistant superbugs or something.

  • Cletus

    A friend’s wife has been in the hospital for three weeks in an induced coma in the ICU with viral pneumonia. I asked him if this is something that’s going around and he said the woman in the room next to his wife is in there for the same thing. Makes me wonder what they’re not telling us.

  • Indigo

    Excellent!

    Now about that chest cold . . . milk toast, smear Vix all over your chest and neck, gargle and rinse your mouth out with a mild salt solution every two hours, get plenty of rest.

  • http://AMERICAblog.com/ John Aravosis

    that’s funny, and sadly I’m not a bourbon or whisky guy

  • http://AMERICAblog.com/ John Aravosis

    When you have asthma, the doctors are rather pro-active about having antibiotics and steroid pills on hand in case you catch a cold/fly that goes to your chest. It can be particularly dangerous for asthmatics. So I’ve already started the antibiotics, and am holding off on the steroids as the one seems to be not quite yes establishing a solid foothold in my lungs.

  • http://AMERICAblog.com/ John Aravosis

    It’s really bad, it’s almost a flu. Because I have asthma, my asthma doc always has me be extra careful when I catch something that’s attempting to turn into a chest cold, which this one is attempting to do.

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    Wonderful, uplifting post. Get well John!!!!

  • Miss Dashwood

    Congratulations Rion – the smile on your face and the happiness radiating from it touched my heart!

  • S1AMER

    I’m so happy for Rion — and part of my happiness is in seeing that he apparently has wonderful parents!

  • Butch1

    Congratulations, Rion! I enjoyed every second of your excitement as well; good luck, buddy.

  • emjayay

    “Antibiotics and steroids”? Joke?

  • emjayay

    Actually, alcohol slows down the cilia and phlanges cells that clear up your bronchial tubes. Since colds usually just end in a few days or a week, there are a lot of folk remedies that people think work.

  • http://www.expressly-yours.net/ David Clar

    Wow ! Its really feels him great.he has a very supportive parents that allow to enter to a big world.

  • Cletus

    Bravo Clemson!

    Feel better John. Be careful. This one’s putting people in the ICU down here in Richmond.

  • JONES

    John
    I feel for you as I’m just getting over a horrible flu. Started the day after Thanksgiving and went immediately to my lungs. Hope that’s not the one you have. Antibiotics & steroids. Hot chicken soup. Honey & lemon lozenges. A little somptin-sumptin to sleep.

  • cole3244

    nice way to end the day and i will sleep a little sounder after seeing that video.

  • PeteWa

    that’s so awesome, thanks for sharing this John.
    http://www.r-word.org/

  • Thom Allen

    That is SO cool.

    Maybe we can talk Clemson into starting a similar, but less rigorous program that Congressional Republicons can attend.

  • pappyvet

    Go get em Rion ! John , take the Mark Twain cure. He arrived in Virginia City with a very bad cold. A man on the stage coach advised him to drink a quart of whiskey every 24 hours. The Lady at the hotel advised the exact same thing. That made a half a gallon. ;]

© 2014 AMERICAblog News. All rights reserved. · Entries RSS