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Canadian Down Syndrome Society (CDSS)

We provide reliable information and connections to people with Down syndrome and those who support them, while positively shaping the social and policy contexts in which they live.

Canadian Down Syndrome Society (CDSS)

We provide reliable information and connections to people with Down syndrome and those who support them, while positively shaping the social and policy contexts in which they live.

Brothers

Medical advancements and increased quality of life are helping people with Down syndrome live longer.

As many will now outlive their parents, more siblings than ever are choosing to become caregivers.

But they can’t do it alone.

Global Mindsets Study Release

We are thrilled to release the final results of the Mindsets Study. As the first global study to investigate the effects of physical and cognitive exercise on people with Down syndrome, researchers were able to make important suggestions that will help guide our new Wellness Program.

Learning Together in the School Community

The CDSS Education Hub is filled with shareable, printable resources and quick guides that include practical tips and suggestions to help support students as they learn together in the school community.

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Join Inployable Today

Inployable is growing quickly! If you’re a jobseeker with Down syndrome looking for employment in Canada or if you’re an employer looking for a reliable employee, join Inployable and start connecting. 

3.21 Canada’s Down Syndrome Magazine

3.21 Magazine is Canada’s resource for advocacy news, community stories, exclusive interviews, free resources, and upcoming events. Subscribe to 3.21 Magazine today and receive new issues for free.

3.21 Magazine Fall 2023 Back to School Issue

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Resources and Information

Introducing the New 21 Welcomes

21 Welcomes is Canada’s guide for new parents who are expecting or just had a baby with Down syndrome. This booklet has just been updated to feature:

  • New parent stories
  • Self-advocate experiences
  • Development milestones
  • Feeding advice
  • Early intervention programs

Download your free copy from our New Parent Resource Hub.

Resources for Every Stage of Life

Learn More About the Canadian Down Syndrome Society

About CDSS

Your Impact in 2023

Have questions? Connect with us! 1-800-883-5608 or email info@cdss.ca

Hundreds of people across the country came together on Saturday, June 17th for the Down Syndrome Walk 2023! It was amazing to see you getting involved in so many different ways – scooting, swimming, running, biking, playing soccer, lawn games, and even a BBQ dance party! We ended the day with a Virtual Celebration on Facebook with special guests and announcements- if you missed it, you can watch it here! 

Over 400 people made donations and helped raise $53,027 dollars for CDSS initiatives. Thank you for your generosity and support, we couldn’t do our work without you.

Loving Relationships

Happy Valentine's Day! Love means many different things to different people. CDSS Awareness Leader Paul Sawka explores some of the loving relationships in his own life, including his family, his girlfriend Kelsey, and his hope to one day have children.Family...

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Sports and Fitness

How can sports and fitness impact your life? We spoke to Paul Sawka, CDSS's Awareness Leader, about the many activities he has enjoyed as a young man and into his 30's. Paul's decades of activities have helped him to make friends, feel healthy, and feel more involved...

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Holiday Family Traditions

Celebrating the SeasonHi, it's me Paul, your CDSS Awareness Ambassador! I'm excited to share my holiday family traditions with you – the things we do together that make this time so special. This is a special time of the year for me and for lots of other people as...

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Community Stories

Employment

Family

Awareness Leader

Self Advocates