Giving Tuesday is TODAY! #GivingTuesdayCA

Written by Canadian Down Syndrome Society
Tuesday, 01 December 2015

Giving Tuesday

Today is your opportunity to help the Canadian Down Syndrome Society print Mind & Body: Answers To Your Questions for youth, self-advocates and teachers! Mind & Body was written for people with disabilities and explores relationships, sexual health, safety, and growing up. This is an incredible resource that can make a huge difference in the lives of people with Down syndrome and other developmental disabilities.

For the past few weeks, we've been sharing the #GivingTuesdayCA story, featuring the Garcia family finding Mind & Body, through our mailing list. Today for Giving Tuesday, we'd like to share the last chapter!

To catch up, here are the previous chapters: Chapter 1, Chapter 2, and Chapter 3.

Hey Canada! Welcome to #GivingTuesdayCA! Today you can make a real, quantifiable difference in the life of a youth or self-advocate like Bryan Garcia. Mind and Body: Answers to your Questions gives self-advocates what they need to be safe, make friends and participate fully in their communities. Here is the last chapter of the Garcia family's story. And then look below for how you can help!

Giving Tuesday

Chapter 4:

I have some great news. I met with Bryan's teacher and principal about Mind and Body: Answers to your Questions. They were impressed by the plain-language, clear illustrations, and the breadth of areas covered. They said it links with the curriculum and - get this - that they will use the book this year in class!

I am so glad that Bryan and his friends will be included. They have often wondered why some people treat them badly because Bryan has a disability. Mind and Body is helping Bryan to understand about different types of bullying and abuse, how to recognize it, and what to do about it. He knows that he can talk to the people on his Trust List, and the information card in his wallet makes him feel safer.

Now he feels ready to help himself and his friends.

I want all people with disabilities to be empowered to understand their sexuality, have healthy relationships, be safe in person and online, and if necessary, resist abuse. That's why I want every youth, self-advocate and teacher to have a copy of Mind and Body: Answers to your Questions. And you can help!

You can help put Mind and Body into the hands of self-advocates and teachers. Today only - Giving Tuesday Canada - you can do that. Visit this page to make a BIG difference in the life of a child or self-advocate.

It costs $20 to print one copy of Mind and Body. Your $20, $60, $120 or whatever you can give will help put Mind and Body into the hands of self-advocates today!

Don't forget to follow us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram to watch the pile of books grow all day long!

Click the graphic below to donate!

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Written by Canadian Down Syndrome Society
Wednesday, 25 November 2015

2016 Calendar

We're looking for speakers at the 2016 Conference in Montreal!

Written by Canadian Down Syndrome Society
Monday, 16 November 2015

Nous sommes à la recherche de conférenciers accomplis qui sont intéressés à partager leur savoir, expérience et compétences aux participants provenant de l’ensemble du Canada. Les participants du Congrès incluent des personnes ayant une trisomie 21, leurs parents et leurs familles, des professionnels et des gens qui désirent faire une différence.

We are looking for accomplished speakers willing to share their knowledge, experience, and skills to a diverse group of delegates from across Canada. Delegates attending the conference will include people with Down syndrome, parents and family members, professionals, and people who want to make a difference.

Thank you for an AMAZING National Down Syndrome Awareness Week!

Written by Canadian Down Syndrome Society
Saturday, 07 November 2015


The Canadian Down Syndrome Society is proud to announce another successful week dedicated to raising awareness about Down syndrome. From November 1 to 7, the abilities and contributions of Canadians with Down syndrome have been showcased across Canada. Across the country, communities hosted Go21s, fundraisers, and events in honour of this incredible community. CDSS believes community inclusion is the best model for all Canadian citizens.

massive thank you goes out to everyone who participated! Tell us how you celebrated by posting it on our Facebook wall, tweeting it to us @cdndownsyndrome, or emailing your story to us at

Catch up on the week at

National Down Syndrome Awareness Week  is Canada’s time to celebrate the abilities of all people with Down syndrome. Created by the Canadian Down Syndrome Society, we use this week to show the world that Canada is a country where ALL people are valued, fully participating citizens. As Canadians, we celebrate our similarities, as well as our differences. We #SeeTheAbility!

It's National Down Syndrome Awareness Week!

Written by Canadian Down Syndrome Society
Sunday, 01 November 2015

National Down Syndrome Awareness Week

Opportunity. That’s what Dewlyn Lobo and the 45,000 other Canadians with Down syndrome need in order to make a difference in their communities and in the workforce. The Canadian Down Syndrome Society (CDSS) wants Canadians to know that people with disabilities can contribute and work - they just need the opportunity to do so.

For National Down Syndrome Awareness Week, every day we'll be sharing employment stories at Visit the site to read the first story featuring Dewlyn!

And don't forget - we'd love to hear from you! Tell us your employment stories using #SeeTheAbility! We're on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram! You can also us at .

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