Informing Families: Dylan’s Dream

We are thrilled about Dylan’s Dream, a video just released at, a project of the Washington Developmental Disabilities Council, one of the CoP state team members in Washington.

After 10 years of preparation, and with the help of his friends, family and community, Dylan pursued his lifelong dream of becoming a student at Evergreen State College. Informing Families documented Dylan’s journey over several months as he dealt with the challenges put before him as the first person with Down syndrome to seek admission to a four-year college in Washington State.

This is an awesome video that highlights a number of things:

  • the family’s role in achieving outcomes,
  • the person’s self-determination and drive to achieve a dream,
  • the importance of having a vision,
  • the significance of relationships and social capital, and
  • the need for colleges to be prepared for students with disabilities.

You can watch Dyan’s Dream on the Informing Families YouTube channel as well as their website at

Please watch and share!

Rachel is the Media & Design Specialist on the Family to Family team at the UMKC-Institute for Human Development, UCEDD. She completed her Master's in Public Administration with an emphasis in nonprofit management at UMKC. She is proud to say she is a second generation AmeriCorps member! Her passion is where social justice and technology meet. Her specialty is making projects, programs, and organizations look good.

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