Canadian Down Syndrome Society COVID-19 Resources
The Canadian Down Syndrome Society strives to provide the most up to date and accurate information about COVID-19 to help individuals and families respond to the demands of the situation. Visit your provincial health authority websites for the latest updates in your community.
Canadian Down Syndrome Society Statements on COVID-19
This statement encompasses the Canadian Down Syndrome Society’s (CDSS) commitment to and continued strong focus on the human rights of individuals with Down syndrome. At this difficult time, we call on and encourage Canadian governments and regional ethics committees to ensure basic human rights are upheld.
You can download CDSS Human Rights Statement here.
Human Rights Statement: A Response to the COVID-19 Crisis in Canada Focusing on the Health & Well-Being of Persons with Down Syndrome
Information about COVID-19 and Down syndrome
These resource links are provided by organizations in the Down syndrome community as well as international health organizations.
Government of Canada
COVID-19 is a serious health threat, and the situation is evolving daily. The risk will vary between and within communities. Some Canadians are more at risk of developing severe complications from COVID-19 due to underlying medical conditions and age.
You could read more on the Government of Canada’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) disease site
The Global Down Syndrome Foundation
The Global Down Syndrome Foundation has provided some information about COVID-19 and the risk for people with Down syndrome. We encourage you to share the information in this document with your family, friends, educational and medical providers, and others within the Down syndrome community.
You can read more on the Global Down Syndrome Foundation website
Down Syndrome International (DSi)
According to DSi, not enough is known about COVID-19 to make informed and accurate comment about any specific link or effects it may have on people with Down syndrome. DSi is keeping up to date with information from relevant health and scientific organisations.
You can read more on DSi’s Down Syndrome and Coronavirus (COVID-19) website
Health Care Access Research and Developmental Disabilities (HCARDD)
There is lots of talk right now about COVID-19 or the Coronavirus. We may come across lots of information out there, but it is not always easy to understand and it can be confusing. Our team is pulling together resources from around the world and information to support people with developmental disabilities and their families during this time.
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COVID-19 & Down Syndrome, Notes from Dr. Skotko
Ally and good friend of the Down syndrome community and CDSS, Dr. Skotko MD,MPP, often shares valuable information pieces like this one.
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Easy Read Resource
CAMH COVID-19 Self-help Booklet Series
The Self-help Booklet Series is for people with intellectual disabilities and can be used with the support of family members, friends, staff, and health care professionals. The booklets are intended to give people with intellectual disabilities an opportunity to talk through their feelings and make plans for staying well at this difficult time.
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.
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