GiGi's Playhouse, a 2-year-old program in Machesney Park, Ill., teaches children and adults with Down syndrome how to communicate through mobile devices and sign language, social and self-care skills, and how to read at no cost to the 175 families who participate in the program. Ben Lenell, 18, who has several developmental disabilities, learned how to communicate using an iPad application at the center. "Learning sign language, and the socialization that GiGi's offers, has been a real blessing," said his mother, Lynn Lenell.
Ill. program teaches literacy skills to individuals with Down syndrome
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