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The Canadian Down Syndrome Society Responds to Cases of Abuse Reported

September 11, 2009

Calgary – 43 cases of abuse have been reported across Nova Scotia that were uncovered by investigators between Oct. 2, 2007, and July 31, 2009. A $19-million renovation is underway at the centre where 19 of the 43 cases of abuse were reported.
The Canadian Down Syndrome Society once again calls for the closure of all institutions in Canada. Institutions are a breeding ground for abuse and violence-violence that occurs when citizens are grouped together based on what is perceived to be least valuable and most broken about them. Institutional living denies citizens the dignity and value that must be afforded to all people. The CDSS believes the place for ALL citizens is in our communities.

We stand firm with the Canadian Association for Community Living and People First of Canada in their assertion that institutions are in violation of human rights. People with developmental disabilities are far more likely to be abused in institutions than they are living in communities.
Greater individualized funding to citizens and families, and funding for services which provide supports to people with disabilities to build authentic, reciprocal and meaningful lives, to attend neighbourhood schools, to live in community and to participate fully in all aspects of civic and economic life in Canada is an appropriate step toward eradicating this atrocious rate of abuse.

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 more information contact:
Christy Thompson
Public Relations Manager
Canadian Down Syndrome Society
Phone: 403-270-8500
Cell: 403-669-2832

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