Going to college: The experiences of a young woman with down syndrome
In this qualitative study the college experience of an individual with Down syndrome was examined. The student audited two academic courses and participated in various nonacademic campus activities. The investigation yielded multiple themes within the following areas of importance: (a) the meaning of going to college, (b) the development and meaning of college friendships, (c) negotiation of the academic program, and (d) enrichment of the lives of those involved. The findings showed benefits to both the student's personal and professional development. The struggles and successes within each area of importance are described and implications for each are discussed.
Hammill, L. (2003) Going to college: The experiences of a young woman with down syndrome. Mental Retardation, 41 (5), pp. 340-353.