Lots of you have asked how you can help....Here are a few ways:
LIKE US on facebook to show your support, then spread the word to all your friends and get them to do the same!
Write Eliza a letter and let her know what you learned from her presentation and how it has impacted how you feel about people who are different. The easiest is to just hand them in to your teachers...they have Eliza's address and can send them to her in one batch. Some of the questions we are curious to hear from you about are:
Do you think Eliza should be treated different than other people?
What was your reaction to "Hold My Hand"? ...to how Eliza was treated by SOU?
Who is included or excluded in your school?
How do you feel about people who are different?
Do you know, or have your own personal story to share about somebody with Down syndrome?
Who do you think education should be for?
Do you think your school would be a good community for someone like Eliza to grow up in? Why or why not?
Did Eliza's presentation make you think differently about how you might react or support a person with an intellectual disability?
What are some things you learned from Eliza's Story that you didn't know before?
On Eliza's BLOG (right here!) you will find detailed information about Eliza's experience at Southern Oregon University from start to finish.
Erika's Letter to SOU - Erika Hultz is one of Eliza's very best friends since Kindergarten. You can click on the link and read the letter Erika wrote last fall explaining how important Eliza has been in her education and life.
We encourage each of you to visit the following websites for more information:
www.holdmyhandmovie.com - find out more about the film, film makers, where Eliza will be speaking and how you can help make a difference.
www.dsaso.org , www.ndsccenter.org or www.ndss.org if you want more information on Down syndrome
www.thinkcollege.net - for info on what's happening on the college scene for students with intellectual disabilities.
http://www.audiblox2000.com/dyslexia_dyslexic/dyslexia014.htm - This website has a very interesting description about the origins of intelligence testing (IQ) that you might find interesting: IQ Test: Where Does It Come From and What Does It Measure?
Google "Eliza Schaaf, you tube" and you can find many of her speeches, art, etc there.
Once again THANKS FOR YOUR FEEDBACK and Your Interest! You can follow Eliza's journey to find a college by continuing to visit the BLOG.