Paint outside the lines for National Down Syndrome Awareness Week!

Written by Canadian Down Syndrome Society
Tuesday, 14 October 2014

2015 Billboard

From November 1 to 7, Canadians across the country will be celebrating the 45,000 people with Down syndrome in Canada for National Down Syndrome Awareness Week (NDSAW).

Representing the campaign this year is Pip McCallan from Kingston, Ontario. She will appear on the 2014-2015 CDSS billboard with her brother, Noal and her mother, Tara, the popular blogger behind Happy Soul Project. Pip was named a Canadian Down Syndrome Hero earlier this year.

This year’s message reflects a sentiment shared by many parents of people with Down syndrome: “She teaches us to paint outside the lines.”

During National Down Syndrome Awareness Week, the NDSAW website ( will share a new story each day featuring parents who truly “See the Ability” in their children with Down syndrome.

For more information about National Down Syndrome Awareness Week please visit or

Happy Soul Project donating a portion of proceeds to CDSS

Written by Canadian Down Syndrome Society
Monday, 29 September 2014

Pippy Layne

Hey Canada! National Down Syndrome Awareness Week (November 1 to 7) is coming soon and Down Syndrome Awareness Month in the US starts in a few days (October). Our friends at the Happy Soul Project will be celebrating by donating a portion of the proceeds from the sale of the Pippy Layne Collection to CDSS! The Pippy Layne Collection is by LeeLee Infinity and sold excusively on

Tweet us your pictures at @cdndownsyndrome or post them on our Facebook page - and let us know what you're up to this month and for NDSAW!

Last call: Send us your 2015 Calendar pictures!

Written by The Canadian Down Syndrome Society
Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Deadline is days away!
August 31, 2014.


Submit your photos today!

The Canadian Down Syndrome Society publishes a calendar annually with photo submissions from our members. The calendar is uniquely designed each year with vivid imagery and submitted photographs.

Each year photos are collected during the summer months. Photos can be submitted by email (to ) or through the online form.

The 2015 Calendar will be in-stock in November, just in time for your holiday and Christmas shopping! Preorders will begin on October.

The deadline to submit photos for the 2015 Calendar is Sunday, August 31, 2014.

Beat the "back to school" rush - order an Educator Package!

Written by Canadian Down Syndrome Society
Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Educator Package

The CDSS, in partnership with Civitan International Foundation of Canada, is proud to announce our latest information booklet, the Educator Package. The Canadian Down Syndrome Society has put together this resource to assist educators and parents in their journey towards a fully inclusive classroom.

Visit our online store to your copy today. Inclusive education will make Canada a better place for all.

RE: Comments by author Richard Dawkins

Written by Canadian Down Syndrome Society
Thursday, 21 August 2014

The Canadian Down Syndrome Society (CDSS) is appalled at comments made by author Richard Dawkins in regards to the morality of having a child with Down syndrome. CDSS works to ensure equitable opportunities for all Canadians with Down syndrome by fostering a climate of understanding and mutual respect for the dignity, worth and equal rights for ALL people.

CDSS feels that if families are given fair and balanced information with regards to having a child with Down syndrome, they will be able to make the right choice for themselves.

We believe that the widespread use of genetic screening for the purpose of identification and termination of fetuses with Down syndrome may adversely affect the quality of life for all persons with Down syndrome and threatens the diversity and vitality that people with Down syndrome and other disabilities currently contribute to many Canadian communities.

Down syndrome is a naturally occurring chromosomal arrangement that has always been a part of the human condition. The occurrence of Down syndrome is universal across racial and gender lines, and it is estimated to be present in approximately one in 781 births in Canada.

Down syndrome is not a disease, disorder, defect or medical condition. It is inappropriate and offensive to refer to people with Down syndrome as "afflicted with" or "suffering from" it. Down syndrome itself does not require either treatment or prevention.

The Canadian Down Syndrome Society's steering committee, VATTA, recently shared their thoughts on this matter in their film, What Prenatal Testing Means To Me, linked below. 

The Canadian Down Syndrome Society's full statement on Prenatal Genetic Screening can be read here.

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