Down Syndrome Student Learns He's Going to College

Video shows Rion Holcombe finding out he's been accepted to special program

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff

Posted Dec 19, 2013 4:29 PM CST
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(Newser) – A video making the rounds of sites such as BuzzFeed and Gawker shows 20-year-old Rion Holcombe of South Carolina opening his college acceptance letter. Why is it making the rounds? Because Rion has Down Syndrome, and he's overjoyed to learn he's been accepted into a special program at Clemson. Reddit also picked up on it, and a commenter who works with special-needs adults points out that while it might appear Rion is having trouble understanding the letter, that's almost surely not the case. Instead, he's likely having trouble with his vision, not his understanding. (The BuzzFeed link also has the video that helped Rion get accepted in the first place.)

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