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For people with Down syndrome, family members, caregivers and professionals.

Rules for Phone Use

February 2024 | Katie Frank, PhD, OTR/L - Occupational Therapist, Adult Down Syndrome Center

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Rules for phone safety updated

  • Remember that phones are a public space.

  • If you do not know the number, let the call go to voicemail.

  • Make sure to call and text at a reasonable hour.

  • Wait for a response before calling or texting again.

  • When visiting with friends or family, keep your phone in your pocket or purse.

  • Turn off your phone at places like a church, temple, theater, school, work, or the doctor.


More visuals are available in our Resources on Phone, Social Media, and Internet Safety and Etiquette article.

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