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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Peeker Boo
Dec 21, 2013 5:40 PM CST
This young man has a desire to learn & improve himself. That's better than most children of celebrities & the idiotic reality stars whose only goal in life is to party & be mentioned on TMZ. Good luck in college, Rion.
Vasiliki-kefala
Dec 20, 2013 1:30 PM CST
and when he goes to college what is he going to do?? We all want to help the mentally handicapped but college?? I taught for a couple of years in Houston ISD and we had to intergrade or rather be inclusive with the mentally handicapped. I spent most of my time making sure they did not hurt themselves or others a very stressful situation. They were unable to learn no matter how simple you made it. I left teaching.
Antagonist
Dec 20, 2013 7:53 AM CST
Awesome! You go Rion!