Instagram Takeover

Hey Canada! Do you love taking photos? Do you want to share your story with Canadians and people around the world? Do you #SeeTheAbility?

If you said yes, we want YOU to be part of the Canadian Down Syndrome Society’s #WeSeeTheAbility Instagrammers. We want to show the world that Canadians #SeeTheAbility – and we want YOU to help us.

How to become an Instagrammer

We’re inviting four CDSS members to share their lives with Canadians and people around the world info the weeks approaching #CDNDownSyndromeWeek (November 1 to 7) on our Instagram account. Four Instagram curators – families and people with Down syndrome – will take over the account in the four weeks prior to Canadian Down Syndrome Week, sharing their lives and stories.

We want our Instagram to represent an honest look at Canada’s incredible, strong, diverse and inclusive Down syndrome community. Let your pictures reflect this!

The #WeSeeTheAbility Instagrammers will:

  • Become a member of the #WeSeeTheAbility Instagrammers
  • Receive a CDSW swag bag, including Canadian Down Syndrome Week swag, the contents of which they must include in some posts

Your posts will be featured on our Instagram account,, Facebook, Twitter.

How to be chosen:

Until the end of the day on August 31, 2017, tag your posts on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook with #WeSeeTheAbility or email us at with your Instagram account and a 140 character-length explanation of how you ‘See the Ability’ (the length of a tweet). If you use Facebook, make sure your post is public so we can see it!

Here’s what we’re looking for in our #WeSeeTheAbility Instagrammers:

  • You’re a member of CDSS
  • We’re not looking for professional photographers – but if you are one, that’s great! We’re looking for members of our community who want to share their lives with our followers
  • You have to have an Instagram account and are familiar with the app
  • You follow @cdndownsyndrome on Instagram
  • You are Canadian
  • You can commit to a week of sharing content
  • You believe in the Mission and Vision of CDSS
  • Your explanation of how you See the Ability (less than 140 characters)

Successful instagram curators will be contacted by early September 2017.

#WeSeeTheAbility Instagrammers will begin on October 3, 2017.

2017 #WeSeeTheAbility Instagrammers

Week 1 (September 27 to October 3) – @en_merepeza.
Week 2 (October 4 to 10) – @the_brunakers
Week 3 (October 11 to 17) – @mir_klinger
Week 4 (October 16 to 24) – @meg_chan_desu
Week 5 (October 25 to 31) – @erinbreenharris
November 1 to 7 – Posts using the #WeSeeTheAbility tag

2016 Instagrammers

2016 #WeSeeTheAbility Instagrammers

September 20 to 26 – Shawn Grieve
September 27 to October 3 – Ruth Joseph
October 4 to October 10 – the Crowson family
October 11 to October 17 – Megan Allard
October 18 to October 24 – Cameron Gordon
October 25 to October 31 – the MacKeigan family
November 1 to 7 – Posts using the #WeSeeTheAbility tag

Instagram LiveFeed: