Canadian Down Syndrome Society Inclusive Education Resources

Canadian Down Syndrome Society Inclusive Education Position Statement

The CDSS position statement on Inclusive Education  shares our perspectives on equal access to education and opportunities for all students to learn, contribute and participate in all aspects of school life.

Educator Package, A Guide to an Inclusive Education for Students with Down Syndrome

CDSS has developed this resource to assist educators and parents in their journey towards an inclusive classroom.  It contains helpful information, suggestions and practical tips on supporting a student with Down syndrome in the classroom.
Click here to read this resource in ENGLISH
Click here to read this resource in FRENCH

About Inclusive Education and Success Stories

What it is, the benefits, adaptations and success stories of inclusive education.
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Teaching Students with Down Syndrome, Transition Planning and Task and Assignment Modification

Read about factors that can influence a student’s educational success and managing change.
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Promoting Inclusion Through Socialization and Challenging Behaviours

We learn how to be part of our world and community by living, learning and laughing with others.
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Working with the Education Assistant

Teachers and education assistants are a critical part of success
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Inclusion/Integration Is There a Difference?

Knowing these differences can help us advocate for an inclusive environment that will help all children learn.
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The T21 Difference: Learning & Development in People with Down Syndrome, 321 Magazine

The 21st chromosome is small, but powerful. Having an extra copy of this tiny slice of genetic code, as people with Down syndrome do, can impact an individual in a plethora of ways.
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CDSS 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)

Click here for the Teaching Plan ENGLISH
Click here for the Teaching Plan FRENCH

‘About Down Syndrome’ Presentation

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


All posters are printer friendly from a home or small office printer.

“Let’s Talk About Down Syndrome”
Informational poster – DOWNLOAD
Handout version 8.5”X11” – DOWNLOAD

“See the Ability” general awareness poster

“Voir le potential poster

Additional Helpful Education Resources

Inclusive Education, Shelley Moore

Shelley Moore is an educator, researcher and inclusive education thought leader that has worked with school districts and community organizations throughout Canada and the United States.
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Down Syndrome Resource Foundation, DSRF

DSRF empowers individuals with Down syndrome to reach their full potential throughout life by providing educational programs and services and sharing information. DSRF has multiple resources on reading, spelling, math, speech and language, occupational therapy and more.
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Woodbine House

Publisher of the Special-Needs Collection…books for parents, children, teachers, and other professionals.
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Lower Mainland Down Syndrome Society

Lower Mainland Down Syndrome Society has developed a list of general reading resources about educating students with Down syndrome.
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Education Toolkit, Down Syndrome Australia

Teaching Resource Programs

Learning Without Tears

Online, paid, learning resources for early learning, handwriting, keyboarding and writing from Pre-K to Grade 5.
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See and Learn, Visual Learning Step by Step

See and Learn teaching programs provide evidence-based activities, guidance and support to help children with Down syndrome improve their speech, language, reading and numeracy skills.
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