Join Us October 22nd – 28th

Join us for Canadian Down Syndrome Week October 22nd – 28th as we celebrate sibling journeys! From childhood playmates to second-generation caregivers, these stories of triumphs and challenges are important to share and learn from as we seek to further understand and support sibling caregivers and their loved ones with Down syndrome.

“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

How can you get involved this Canadian Down Syndrome Week? Hosting a fundraiser, teaching others about Down syndrome, wearing mismatched socks to work or school, and making a donation to CDSS are all great ways to show your support for Canadians with Down syndrome and their loved ones.

21 Reasons Extra Special Blend Coffee from Daymaker and CDSS

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.

Chicken Short Film Cover

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

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.




Share The Message

Share these posts on social media and help to spread awareness during Canadian Down Syndrome Week. Don’t forget to tag us, @CdnDownSyndrome, on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn.

Show your support for life-changing programs and initiatives that help Canadians with Down syndrome.