The only limitations are ones we allow culture to tell us exist. This is the very reason why Danny and Sue Holcombe refused to tell their son, Rion, there might be things he wouldn’t be able to do in life–even though he had down syndrome.
Because of this, when Rion went to graduate high school and his friends were all going to college he figured he’d just go too. He even picked Clemson as his college of choice.
“He just started telling people he was going to go to Clemson,” says Sue. Both Mr. and Mrs. Holcombe tried explaining to Rion that life might not be the same as all his friends going to college in the fall, but there was no changing his mind. Clemson does have a special program for people with disabilities but less than ten people are accepted each year even though hundreds apply.
Against the odds (and even to the surprise of his parents) Rion’s dream came true as he was accepted into Clemson. They captured him opening the acceptance letter on video and it’s even more beautiful than you’d think!
“We’re just waiting to see, how he does react when it hits him?” Danny said. “And he says, ‘I got accepted!’ And I think those words mean an awful lot. It was just total, absolute joy.”