Join Us For Canadian Down Syndrome Week
October 20 – 26, 2024
Thank you to everyone who joined us as we explored sibling relationships during Canadian Down Syndrome Week in 2023! You came together to make a difference in so many ways. Some of you shared sibling stories, made donations, gave presentations on Down syndrome to your class, hosted fundraisers at work, wore mismatched socks to raise awareness, and taught others about life with Down syndrome by sharing our posts! We hope you will continue to support the Down syndrome community in Canada and our work with sibling caregivers in 2024.
“My sister can do everything the doctor said she couldn’t do and more. She skis with me, she bakes with me, she sings, and dances with me. She loves school, we read together, and she always makes me laugh. She is unstoppable. I want others to see that she may look different, but we are all different and beautiful in our own way and there is nothing ¨down¨ about Down syndrome.”
– Ana Maria MacKeigan
How to Get Involved
Introducing a New Way to Make a Difference with 321 Funds
Show your support during Canadian Down Syndrome Week by hosting a fundraiser with 321 Funds! It’s a community fundraising program designed to help students of any age, ability, and location plan fundraising projects that benefit thousands of Canadians with Down syndrome. Use the 321 Funds Community Fundraising Toolkit: School Edition to plan your event!
Rock Your Mismatched Socks!
Ask your classmates, coworkers, friends, or family to help you raise awareness by wearing a pair of mismatched socks during Canadian Down Syndrome Week! We just released a brand new, limited-edition design for 2023 with our friends at Friday Sock Co. Get yourself and your loved ones a pair and help support life-changing resources and projects at CDSS.
You’re Invited to the Official Premiere of Chicken
CDSS and the Team behind Chicken are proud to invite you to the official premiere of the award-winning short film on Thursday, October 26th at 7:00pm Eastern! Join us for a free public viewing on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter followed by an exclusive interview with the stars of the film, Aaron Waddingham and Lucy McNulty.
Chicken tells the story of a down-on-her-luck, recently single young woman who is forced to move back into her childhood home. While struggling with feelings of failure, her brother tries to help her break through her depression and reconnect with what matters most.
Written by Lucy McNulty | Directed by Lucy McNulty and Emma Pollard
Watching on Facebook? RSVP to the event. Watching on Twitter, YouTube, or Instagram? Follow us and tune in at 7:00pm Eastern on October 26th. Choose your preferred channel below.
Help Spread Awareness
Make the world a more inclusive place. Use the presentations, posters, and teaching plans below to educate others about Down syndrome in your class, school, and workplace.