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To empower Canadians with Down syndrome and their families. We raise awareness and provide information on Down syndrome through the prenatal, early childhood, school years, adulthood, and retirement stages of life.
The Down syndrome community in Canada and CDSS have made great strides since our founding in 1987. We have seen advances to medical care, which enhance and save the lives of people with Down syndrome; life expectancy has more than doubled. Many people with Down syndrome live well into their 50s and 60s.
We have seen the benefits of early intervention programs, inclusion in school and work and the development of accessible resources for people with Down syndrome, families and the community. Today, individuals with Down syndrome are going to post-secondary schools, working and getting married. People with Down syndrome are now given the opportunity to be fully contributing members of society.
Despite the great advances made, much more needs to be done. We need to ensure the inclusion of individuals with Down syndrome in their schools, communities and workplaces. Your support will ensure this continues and allow us to speak for the 45,000 Canadians with Down syndrome.
During the COVID-19 crisis, the Canadian Down Syndrome Society is here to serve its membership, and anyone who may need access to information and resources about Down syndrome.
Although our office is temporarily closed, our team remains available to serve you via remote operations.
You can reach us toll free in Canada at 800.883.5608 or 403.270.8500, where we ask that you leave a message in our general mailbox, or with a specific team member via the staff directory. You can also reach us by email at email@example.com.
Please click here to visit our health resources page which now includes COVID-19 information. COVID-19 resources are also available via social media at the links below. Browse hashtag #T21COVID19 when seeking out resources that are specific to Down syndrome and COVID-19.
We wish you all well and are happy that we are able to stay in touch electronically and by phone. We encourage you to follow the advice of the Government of Canada and local health authorities to stay safe and well during these challenging times.
We greatly appreciate your generous support which enables us to continue our work. To donate, please visit our secure link at: