From November 1 to 7, Canadians across the country will be celebrating the 45,000 people with Down syndrome in Canada for National Down Syndrome Awareness Week (NDSAW).
National Down Syndrome Awareness Week celebrates Canadians with Down syndrome, many of whom are making important contributions to their communities and teaching all people to “See the Ability.”
Representing the campaign this year is Pip McCallan from Kingston, Ontario. She will appear on the 2014-2015 CDSS billboard with her brother, Noal and her mother, Tara, the popular blogger behind Happy Soul Project (www.happysoulproject.com). Pip was named a Canadian Down Syndrome Hero earlier this year.
This year’s message reflects a sentiment shared by many parents of people with Down syndrome: “She teaches us to paint outside the lines.”
During National Down Syndrome Awareness Week, the NDSAW website (www.cdss.ca/ndsaw) will share a new story each day featuring parents who truly “See the Ability” in their children with Down syndrome.
Celebrations such as Go21: Walk for Down Syndrome Awareness (www.go21.ca) and the Buddy Walk® are being held during the week in communities across Canada.
National Down Syndrome Awareness Week is an opportunity for everyone to “See the Ability” in Canadians with Down syndrome. CDSS encourages Canadians to use this week to learn more about Down syndrome and help us advocate that all people are valued, fully participating citizens.