This Amazing Teenager Just Did Something Few People With Down Syndrome Ever Do

State   |   Julie Ertelt   |   May 29, 2015   |   4:20PM   |   Washington, DC

It’s the start of summer — which means it is graduation season around the county. Thousands of seniors are looking towards summer fun, college in the fall and starting to think about their futures.

Instead of focusing on all those who won’t be graduating because their lives were lost to abortion, I want to introduce you to Allison.

Allison is a senior at Clyde High School in Abilene Texas and she just did something few people with Down syndrome every do — she graduated from high school. Tragically, most babies who are diagnosed with Down syndrome before birth never make to school — let alone graduate.

But Allison began reading in Kindergarten and she participated in the Miss Sweetheart Special Needs pageant in 2012. She has learned how to play the piano, loves art and creating, crafting, and she participated in Special Olympics in Colorado. She is a friend to all who meet her.

Allison began school at age of three and, graduating at 18, loves school and learning and she says reading is her favorite subject.  She can work a computer, iPad, and iPhone as well as any so-called “normal” kid her age.

Allison plans to attend Disability Resources Inc., in Abilene, Texas next year. The staff there teaches crafts and physical fitness.  They have work programs where each student has a job and learns the skills needed to perform their jobs, they learn how to make chocolates for holidays and bread and butter jalapeños to sell in stores around the country.



Allison’s official graduation ceremony is on Friday, June 5th and her parents and family are very proud of her. Her celebration of life is a testimony to all.