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National Gallery of Canada
and Canadian Down Syndrome Society
host art exhibit to recognize
National Down Syndrome Awareness Week

CALGARY (October 30, 2006) - November 1-7, 2006 is National Down Syndrome Awareness Week; this week is a unique opportunity to come together to recognize the abilities and contributions of the 35,000 Canadians with Down syndrome.

Self-advocates, families, teachers and professionals are among the many who will celebrate being a Canadian with Down syndrome, through events held across the country.

The National Gallery of Canada and the Canadian Down Syndrome Society are partnering to host a reception featuring photography by Saskatoon photographer Karee Davidson and art created by local members of the National Capital Region Down Syndrome Association.

WHO:
* Krista J. Flint, Executive Director, Canadian Down Syndrome Society
* Michael Shaw, Board of Directors Chair, Canadian Down Syndrome Society
* Karee Davidson, Photographer, Concepts Photography and Design
* Elizabeth Sweeney, Special Needs Educator, National Gallery of Canada
* Erica Brennan, President, National Capital Region Down Syndrome Association
* Louise Filiatrault, Chief, Education and Public programs, National Gallery of Canada
* Gary Goodacre, Manager, Youth and School Programs, National Gallery of Canada

WHEN: Thursday, November 2, 2006 at 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.

WHERE:
National Gallery of Canada - Great Hall, 380 Sussex Drive, Ottawa, Ontario


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CONTACT:
Lindsay Heintz, Marketing and Communications Manager,
Canadian Down Syndrome Society

(403) 669-2832

*** Photo opportunities available

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* Access to Public Education * Advocacy Groups * Amniocentesis * Bioethics * Birth Defects * Birth/Newborn Child * Children/Health * Community Living * Community Services/Disabled * Developmental Delay * Developmental Disabilities * Disability Issues * Disability Rights * Disability & Sexuality * Disabled Children * Disabled Persons * Down Syndrome * Education/Disabled * Education/Integrated * Estate Planning * Family Support * Genetic Counselling * Genetics/Ethical Implications * Health * Health Policy * Human Genome Project * Human Rights/Disabled Persons * Inclusion * Maternal Serum Screening * Medical Education * Medical Ethics * Mental Retardation * Parent Education * Parent Support * Prenatal Screening * Social Policy & Disability * Special Education * Special Needs Children/Integration of * Triple Marker Screening




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