VATTA Opportunities


VATTA Member – Volunteer Position Available

Purpose of Position

The Canadian Down Syndrome Society (CDSS) has ones spot available for a new VATTA member. This person will be part of the Voices At The Table for Advocacy. This is a volunteer position. You must have very good communication skills such as good listening skills, the ability to write letters and emails, and be able to follow directions. You must be a good team player. You must be able to speak in front of people (you can’t be shy!). You want to use your voice to help other self-advocates. VATTA members have to meet three (3) times a year. They might sometimes have to travel alone. Usually a VATTA member will fly on an airplane to the meetings.


Vision: All people use their abilities to participate in their community.

Mission: To help all Canadians see the ability. VATTA helps self-advocates use their voice and stand up for what they believe in.


Inclusion: Everyone is involved.

Acceptance: Everyone is valued, regardless of their differences or abilities.

Education: First educate yourself, and then all people.

Community: Lots of “parts” working together.

Diversity: All abilities, life experiences, cultures, and backgrounds.

Support: Be the best you can be, but have help when you need it.


  • Attend meetings two times a year in Toronto
  • Attend meetings once a year at the Canadian Down Syndrome Conference in a different city in Canada
  • Work with other VATTA members during these meetings
  • Join conference calls (phone calls where all the VATTA members can speak to each other and talk about advocacy)
  • Write articles for The VATTA Blog and anything else CDSS might need (letters of support, articles for the magazine, etc.)
  • Homework that includes researching different topics and writing about them
  • Public speaking
  • Speak to the media about Down syndrome and VATTA
  • Teaching other self-advocates about things like Down syndrome, jobs, adult life, relationships, and lots of other stuff
  • Some other duties when asked by the VATTA Facilitator (the boss)

People Skills

  • Outgoing, nice, polite and helpful
  • Team player
  • Responsible, reliable, and on time
  • Professional and confident

Volunteer Requirements

  • Finished high school (College/University certificate is a bonus)
  • Good communication skills (ability to write emails and letters, and follow directions)
  • Knowledge about Down syndrome
  • Able and willing to follow 2-3 step directions
  • Ability to work independently with little assistance
  • Experience advocating in your community
  • Computer skills (including good skills with the Internet and Microsoft Office)
  • A good team player
  • Passionate about Down syndrome and advocacy
  • Must be at least 18 years old
  • Note: To apply, you must be a self-advocate living in Canada (this means, you are a person with Down syndrome living in Canada).

Thank you for your interest in applying to join VATTA. We will be looking for new VATTA members this summer. You can apply now and we will keep your application information until we are ready to set up interviews.

How To Apply

Please fill out our application form and make a resume. Send us the application form and your resume by email or by mail:

VATTA c/o Canadian Down Syndrome Society
Suite 103 – 2003 14 Street NW
Calgary, AB T2M 3N4

For more information about VATTA, please read the VATTA FAQ Section.

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