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.

Order an Educator Package before the school year begins!

Written by Canadian Down Syndrome Society
Monday, 11 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. It features information on inclusive education, tips on how to best support students with Down syndrome, and real life stories of inclusion from a student with Down syndrome and from a teacher.

This package is now available for a suggested minimum donation of $10 (to cover shipping). There are two formats available: printed booklet and PDF.

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

Adults With Down Syndrome Speak Out About Prenatal Testing

Written by Canadian Down Syndrome Society
Monday, 28 July 2014

Click here to watch the film.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

What Prenatal Testing Means To Me

Adults With Down Syndrome Speak Out About Prenatal Testing

July 28, 2014. Have you ever wondered what prenatal testing means to people with Down syndrome? A group of nine adults with Down syndrome want to share their overlooked perspective on this topic, in the film What Prenatal Testing Means To Me, available to watch on the Canadian Down Syndrome Society’s website.

The film stars VATTA (Voices At The Table Advocacy), the Canadian Down Syndrome Society’s self-advocate-led steering committee. These remarkable adults, ranging in ages 22 to 43, reflect on their hopes and fears for the future of Down syndrome in Canada and around the world.

Prenatal testing is a complex and controversial subject. VATTA’s view is simple: If people have fair and balanced information about Down syndrome, and take the time to know and learn more about people with Down syndrome, they will be able to make a better choice for themselves and their families. VATTA wants everyone to “See the Ability” and not believe misconceptions or fears about Down syndrome.

The film was originally presented as a session at the 2014 Canadian Down Syndrome Conference in response to a growing number of concerns by parents and expectant parents regarding prenatal testing.

VATTA’s mission is to help all Canadians “See the ability.” VATTA helps self-advocates use their voice and stand up for what they believe in. VATTA has been part of the Canadian Down Syndrome Society since 2005.

About Canadian Down Syndrome Society:

The Canadian Down Syndrome Society (CDSS) is a vital resource linking individuals, parents and professionals through advocacy, education and providing information. ­The Canadian Down Syndrome Society is proud to be the voice of Canadians with Down syndrome and their families. Visit www.cdss.ca for more information.

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Media Contacts:

Corrine Grieve
Resource Coordinator
Phone: (403) 270-8500 ext. 205
Kirk Crowther
Executive Director
Phone: (403) 270-8500

Local VATTA members in your province:
Alberta Brandon Thielen
Manitoba Ruth Joseph
Nova Scotia Mary Frances Brennick, Will Brewer
Ontario Matthew MacNeil, Andreas Prinz, Jessie Huggett
Prince Edward Island Janet Charchuk
Saskatchewan Nicholas Popowich

2015 Calendar: Send us your photos today!

Written by Canadian Down Syndrome Society
Friday, 11 July 2014

Deadline is August 31, 2014.

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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.

2015 Canadian Down Syndrome Conference in Edmonton

Written by Canadian Down Syndrome Society
Friday, 27 June 2014

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