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National Down Syndrome
Awareness Week 2006 draws to a close

November 6, 2006


CALGARY (November 6, 2006) - As National Down Syndrome Awareness Week draws to a close, the Canadian Down Syndrome Society is proud to announce another successful week of events dedicated to raising awareness about Down syndrome. From November 1-7, the abilities and contributions of Canadians with Down syndrome have been showcased across Canada.

On November 2, the National Gallery of Canada and the Canadian Down Syndrome Society partnered 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.

Across the country, over a dozen communities hosted Buddy Walks. These walks raised awareness about Down syndrome in local communities throughout Canada.

A key issue for the CDSS and parents across Canada is inclusive education. For many students with Down syndrome the opportunity to be fully included in their neighbourhood schools becomes non-existent once they reach junior high school. High school and post-secondary inclusion is a reality for a select few students with Down syndrome across Canada.

The CDSS believes quality inclusion is the best model for educating all students. Diversity in the classroom enhances the learning, lives and citizenship of all students.

Local groups, schools, parents and self advocates all came together across Canada to raise awareness about this, and many other issues. National Down Syndrome Awareness Week is an opportunity for all to “Celebrate Being” a Canadian with Down syndrome.

The Canadian Down Syndrome Society (CDSS) is a vital resource linking individuals, parents and professionals through advocacy, education and providing information. The mission of the CDSS is to ensure equitable opportunities for all Canadians with Down syndrome. This means, to make sure all Canadians with Down syndrome have the right supports to give them the same opportunities that everyone else has. Our vision is a proud Canada where ALL are welcome, we embrace diversity and we value everyone's genes equally.

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For further information:
Lindsay Heintz
Marketing and Communications Manager
Canadian Down Syndrome Society
(403) 669-2832

 


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