Down Syndrome Resources for
Teachers & Schools

Helping educators who are teaching students with Down syndrome and their peers.

EDUCATION & RESOURCES / TEACHERS & SCHOOLS

Down Syndrome and Education

Fully including every student will make Canada a better place for all children to learn. Teaching students with Down syndrome or any developmental disability is an exciting opportunity for you to challenge yourself and see amazing outcomes from your entire class of students. You will find that fully including all children in your classroom is even more rewarding than you may anticipate.

Attitude

Attitude is the most critical factor related to the success of any student, especially a student with Down syndrome. If you think a student will succeed, they’ll succeed. When a student is treated like a valued learner, they’ll learn. This approach has proven to be critical to young learners’ achievements.

Inclusion

Inclusion means all students learn together, in the same class, for the majority of the day. Students with Down syndrome learn and grow best when they are included in regular educational procedures, just as any kids. Inclusive teaching allows all students to learn from each other and gain an appreciation for the uniqueness of all people.

Implementing Inclusion and Positive Attitudes in the Classroom

The Canadian Down Syndrome Society has several Down syndrome resources for teachers and schools to enable them to provide the best possible education for children with Down syndrome and their peers. We have compiled several publications to assist teachers and other educators in offering a fully inclusive classroom as well as information and guidance on topics that students with disabilities often don’t receive an education in.

CDSS Resources for Teachers and Other Educators

We encourage you to look at all the resources we have available in this section. We hope you share the ideal that all students, including those with Down syndrome, have a place and purpose in our schools and communities. Recognize that fully including every student will make Canada a better place for all of our children.

Educator Package

The Canadian Down Syndrome Society’s Educator Package assists teachers and parents working with children with Down syndrome in providing optimal education through a fully inclusive classroom. This package is available in three formats: printed booklet and PDF in French and English.

Download the Educator Package
Purchase a hard copy of the Educator Package
Download La Trousse Pédagogique

Mind & Body: Answers To Your Questions

Explore any questions about relationships, sexual health, safety, and growing up that people with Down syndrome and other developmental disabilities may have. The book was developed in consultation with various organizations and groups in the fields of sexual health and disabilities. If you’re interested in purchasing a copy of this publication we recommend you first download the Table of Contents to gauge subject matter.

Download Mind & Body: Answers To Your Questions
Purchase a hard copy of Mind & Body: Answers To Your Questions
Download L’espirit et le corps: Des Réponses à Tes Questions

NEW! Presentations and Teaching Resources

Teaching Plan

This will help you lead a discussion focusing on awareness, acceptance and celebrating Down syndrome in the classroom and the community. Our teaching plan includes classroom and individual activities and includes printable handouts. (Duration approx. 45-60 minutes)
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FRENCH DOWNLOAD

“About Down Syndrome” Presentation

A great resource for WDSD and throughout the year to learn about Down syndrome and how we are more alike than we are different! (Duration approx. 10 minutes)

DOWNLOAD Adobe Acrobat PDF version 3MB
DOWNLOAD PowerPoint version 160MB

FRENCH DOWNLOAD Adobe Acrobat PDF version 3MB
FRENCH DOWNLOAD PowerPoint version 160MB

Posters

All posters are printer friendly from a home or small office printer.  If you would like to professionally produce these posters and require a high resolution file, please email us at awareness@cdss.ca

“World Down Syndrome Day Join Us!” poster for you to personalize with your event details.
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“La Journee mondiale de la trisomie 21” poster
FRENCH DOWNLOAD

“See the Ability” general awareness poster
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“Voir le potential poster
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“Let’s Talk About Down Syndrome”
Informational poster – DOWNLOAD
Handout version 8.5”X11” – DOWNLOAD
FRENCH DOWNLOAD

Videos

Both videos are a great tool to help show understanding and accepting friendships.  Please view each to see which one is more appropriate for your students.

“Just Like You” (Duration 3 minute short version)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q4p9GyWXWcw

“My Friend Isabelle” ( Duration 4 minute video)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IEB2bk29AMQ

Additional Resources for Teachers

Compare Integration vs. Inclusion

e-books

Swag

We have a large supply of tattoos and stickers for the WDSD 2020 Celebrations, but because we cannot predict demand, no requests are guaranteed, but we will do our best to fill the order.

If you would like 25 tattoos or stickers, please email your mailing address and contact information to awareness@cdss.ca

Ordering for a school or large group?  Please email us with the amount requested and celebration plans at awareness@cdss.ca.  We will consider your request and respond to you within 2 business days.