Leaving home for the first time can be an overwhelming experience for many young people. But if flying from the nest not only involves leaving family and home comforts behind, but also entails a whole new life approach, the task ahead is extra challenging. This is the case for many pupils arriving at Karise Efterskole – a boarding school in the south of Zealand in Denmark specialising in programmes for pupils with Down’s syndrome, ADHD, autism and similar conditions. “We believe that you can only learn once you have two good friends and feel secure,” says the school’s principal, Nikolaj Rysager.

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