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
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
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
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.
For further information:
Marketing and Communications Manager
Canadian Down Syndrome Society
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