In Spartanburg, SC, over the past 20 years, Danny Holcombe and his wife, Sue, kept a secret from their son. They never told Rion, who has Down syndrome, that there are some things in life he would never be able to do. When Rion said he wanted to attend Clemson, they let him fill out the admissions application, even though they did not think he had a chance at all.
Although the Holcombes didn't know it at the time, Rion's dream wasn't entirely out of the question. Clemson University does have a program for people with intellectual disabilities, but it's highly competitive. Every year more than one hundred people apply for fewer than 10 openings.
Apparently, there are now more than 200 such special programs around the country. People who wish to investigate these possibilities should click here to access a website with more details. http://www.thinkcollege.net/
To read coverage on Rion's story, see here. Steve Hartmen CBS News, College hopeful receives letter of his dreams, August 22, 2014