When John Poston watched his son Blake and daughter Margot go off to college and leave Margot’s twin, Michael, behind because of Down syndrome, John knew he had to do something. “It’s not right. My other children were going off to have fun, socialize, learn, and Michael was at home watching television,” said John. With years of experience in real estate behind him, John got busy developing Daymark Living for adults with IDD (Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities).
But the story begins really after Michael was born, when there was no pre-school that would take him.
“We heard about a pre-school in Tuscaloosa, Alabama – Rise – where Gene Stallings (famed Alabama football coach) and hiswife Ruth Annwereheavily involved,” saidJohn.Hewent to Tuscaloosa with his former father-in-law, John Duncan, and they witnessed a four-year-old with Down syndrome reading and writing. They looked at each other and said, “We’re in.” The non-profit Rise school in […]