Canadian Down Syndrome Week

Written by Canadian Down Syndrome Society
Monday, 19 September 2016

CDSWCanadian Down Syndrome Week is our week to show the world that Canada is a country where ALL people are valued, fully participating citizens. It is our week to celebrate people with Down syndrome and teach others to "See the Ability."

Celebrated in place of National Down Syndrome Awareness Week, CDSW will occur every November 1 to 7.

The name change to 'Canadian Down Syndrome Week' is aimed at celebrating the great efforts of Canadians in our incredible community. CDSW provides a unity to our message and furthers our mission, "To empower Canadians with Down syndrome and their families." It also allows us to differentiate ourselves from other awareness initiatives, and celebrate the uniquely Canadian experience of people with Down syndrome.

Get CDSW Apparel

Get a sneak peak at our new online store by getting exclusive CDSW merchandise! Available in a number of styles - in French and English - these are the perfect shirts to wear at your Canadian Down Syndrome Week event!

These great new designs are printed on-demand and shipped through Printful. This allows CDSS to provide more options to our members. Shipping starts at $8 and is based on weight.

The shirts will take 2-7 business days to print and an additional 5-10 business days to ship; we recommend you order your shirts before October 5th to ensure they arrive before CDSW.

Wear your shirt on November 1st and share it with us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. We'll share it with our membership!

CDSW Shirts

Meet our #WeSeeTheAbility Instagrammers!

We are excited to announce the six families and people who will take over our Instagram to celebrate Canadian Down Syndrome Week! Starting September 20, a new family will share their lives with Canadians through pictures and videos. They are:

  • September 20 to 26 - Shawn Grieve
  • September 27 to October 3 - Ruth Joseph
  • October 4 to October 10 - the Crowson family
  • October 11 to October 17 - Megan Allard
  • October 18 to October 24 - Cameron Gordon
  • October 25 to October 31 - the MacKeigan family

From November 1 to 7, we will be sharing pictures that were posted using the tag #WeSeeTheAbility! So if your account wasn't chosen, you can still share your photos with us and people around the world.

Tony Fraser joins the Go21 Family

Written by Canadian Down Syndrome Society
Friday, 19 August 2016

Hey Canada! This is pretty cool news - Tony Fraser will be racing at the OHSWEKEN SPEEDWAY with our #Go21 logo on his hood! We're excited to be part of his racing legacy. Find out more:

Return of the #52 Thunderstock


By Tony Fraser - Guelph, Ontario - The #52 Ford Mustang for Tony Fraser Racing is finally ready to make its return to competition tomorrow night. It has been a significantly extended off season this year during which time I welcomed Seamus Fraser, me and Katrina's first child. We have also met many new friends thanks to our stays at the MacMaster NICU and Sickkids Pediatric Cardiac Surgery ward.

As our way of saying "Thank You" for all of the support we have received from the Canadian Down Syndrome Society we will be carrying their Down Syndrome awareness brand, Go21 on the hood of the car and participating in Go21 events around Southern Ontario. We would like to invite anyone interested to come join the movement at any Go21 event they can make it to.

About Tony Fraser Racing:

Founded in 2012 when Tony Fraser decided to be different and start building a Ford Mustang Thunderstock we have now completed 2 years of competition at Ohsweken Speedway including Tony's debut driving a race car in 2014.

About Go21:

Go21 is all about positive momentum for people with Down syndrome and their families in Canada. 21 refers to the extra chromosomal material from the 21st chromosome that determines if a person has Down syndrome. The Down syndrome community identifies with 21 as a unique number that stands out.

Go21 is a celebration of Down syndrome. Like how spectators in a sport yell “Go! Team! Go!”, we are celebrating our community with this name: “Go 21!”

Go21 can also be a Golf Tournament For Down Syndrome Awareness or a Bowl-a-thon For Down Syndrome Awareness. But wherever you go in your community or across the country, when you see the Go21 banner flying, then you will know that you are supporting a person with Down syndrome in your community.

There is strength in “Go”. There is advancement in “Go”. There is strength and advancement in the Down syndrome community.

#WeSeeTheAbility Instagrammers - Deadline Extended!

Written by Canadian Down Syndrome Society
Thursday, 04 August 2016

Deadline extended to August 26!

If your Facebook, Instagram or Twitter accounts are private, we will be unable to see your submission. Email us at for more information.


Hey Canada! Do you love taking photos? Do you want to share your story with Canadians and people around the world? Do you #SeeTheAbility?

If you said yes, we want YOU to be part of the Canadian Down Syndrome Society’s #WeSeeTheAbility Instagrammers. We want to show the world that Canadians #SeeTheAbility - and we want YOU to help us.

We’re inviting five CDSS members to share their lives with Canadians and people around the world info the weeks approaching #CDNDownSyndromeWeek (November 1 to 7) on our Instagram account. Five Instagram curators - families and people with Down syndrome - will take over the account in the five weeks prior to Canadian Down Syndrome Week, sharing their lives and stories.

We want our Instagram to represent an honest look at Canada’s incredible, strong, diverse and inclusive Down syndrome community. Let your pictures reflect this!

The #WeSeeTheAbility Instagrammers will:

  • Become an inaugural member of the #WeSeeTheAbility Instagrammers
  • Receive a CDSW swag bag, including Canadian Down Syndrome Week apparel, the contents of which they must include in some posts

Your posts will be featured on our Instagram account,, Facebook, Twitter.

How to be chosen:

Until August 19, 2016 August 26, 2016, tag your posts on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook with #WeSeeTheAbility or email us at with your Instagram account and a 140 character-length explanation of how you ‘See the Ability’ (the length of a tweet). If you use Facebook, make sure your post is public so we can see it!

Here’s what we’re looking for in our #WeSeeTheAbility Instagrammers:

  • You’re a member of CDSS
  • We’re not looking for professional photographers - but if you are one, that’s great! We’re looking for members of our community who want to share their lives with our followers
  • You have to have an Instagram account and are familiar with the app
  • You follow @cdndownsyndrome on Instagram
  • You are Canadian
  • You can commit to a week of sharing content
  • You believe in the Mission and Vision of CDSS
  • Your explanation of how you See the Ability (less than 140 characters)

Successful instagram curators will be contacted by late August to early September 2016.

#WeSeeTheAbility Instagrammers will begin on September 27, 2016.

Download 21 Welcomes on the New Parents website!

Written by Canadian Down Syndrome Society
Friday, 29 July 2016

21 WelcomesWith our New Parent Package you will recieve a copy of 21 Welcomes. 21 Welcomes provides new and expectant parents the support and welcome they deserve. This book includes information about Down syndrome, sharing the news, family, siblings, early intervention, and next steps. More importantly, it also includes 21 beautiful stories from parents, siblings, grandparents, and self-advocates. We hope the updated New Parent Package gives new parents some great hope for the future.

You can now download this book at

"I just got my copy of the New Parent Package. I have to say it is absolutely amazing! I have shown people at work and they all could not believe how great it is. Great job! It is exactly what new parents need. Just wanted to thank you for sending me a copy and for all you do for us families that have children with Down syndrome and for the folks with Down syndrome themselves."

- Joanna Scott, mother of Caleb and Ty

Want an easy way to increase your impact? Become a monthly donor!

Written by Canadian Down Syndrome Society
Friday, 15 July 2016

Monthly Donor

Would you like a convenient and easy way to increase your impact? When you become a monthly donor, you make it possible for CDSS to plan better, reach more people, and decrease admin expenses – making your donation go even further! You won’t get phone calls or other forms of solicitation (unless you want it) but you will receive an exclusive impact update for monthly donors about every 4-6 months. As a monthly donor you will join a slew of passionate parents, grandparents, siblings, neighbours and others who have chosen to support Canadians with Down syndrome through monthly giving.


Go to and select “monthly” or call the office at 1-800 883-5608 and talk to Lyn.

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