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*BAM* Another Superhero For A Day Is In The Books *POW*

*BAM* Another Superhero For A Day Is In The Books *POW*

This past Saturday, we hosted our 2nd Annual Superhero For A Day event in Regina. Now that we’ve had a chance to recover from all the Superhero Challenges and Activities and really take a look back at how the day came together, we have a few thoughts to share - both as organizers of this event...


GO21 - Get Active Saskatchewan

GO21 - Get Active Saskatchewan

Posted in Events / Family Fun / Inclusion / Volunteers

SDSS is pleased to partner with CDSS and GO21 for this years GO21 - Get Active Saskatchewan The SDSS Fun Run and Family BBQ has been one our biggest yearly fundraisers. This year we are partnering with GO21 and CDSS. We are excited to now be able to offer on-line access to register your team...


Brad McVicar

Brad McVicar

Posted in Events / Inclusion / News / Our Stories

I have a happy life. My friends and me like bowling and mini golf. I like to go to concerts and movies with my friends and Tim and Scott.Andy is my brother and his birthday is soon, we're going to the bar. He's my family and I love him. Duncan is my family and he's a good cook. He makes me...


Lesley Perrault

Lesley Perrault

Posted in Events / Inclusion / News / Our Stories

I am relatively new to the SDSS family & Board as I was recently elected at the AGM in the Spring of 2015.  I have been a Student Support Services Teacher in Regina Catholic Schools for 14 years, 12 of those years within an integrated preschool setting.  I am grateful for the opportunity to...


Introducing Liz!

Introducing Liz!

Posted in Events / Inclusion / News / Our Stories

I have found it interesting over the past couple of years to watch small children play with Leila, they don't question anything or notice anything "different" or if they do notice it's not a big deal. I wonder when that changes? When do we start to judge? And more importantly, why?I often...


A day in the life of... normal?  -- Cristalee Allan

A day in the life of... normal? -- Cristalee Allan

Posted in Events / Inclusion / News / Our Stories

  Gra-a-a-ce, time to wake up! I slowly draw the purple curtains open to let the sunshine in, assisting me in getting Grace to 'rise and shine' - I'll take all the help I can get! As her groggy voice askes if she has school today, I pull a couple of outfit choices from her closet. Her brother...


Christie DiPaola

Christie DiPaola

Posted in Events / Inclusion / News / Our Stories

I am a wife and mother of two. As a CPA, I look to see how I can give back to my community, which is partly why I joined the SDSS as the treasurer. The other part is the beautiful little girl I met 6 years ago, who has become my daughters best friend! Being a part of this organization has taught...


Introducing Ellen!

Introducing Ellen!

Posted in Events / Inclusion / News / Our Stories

Board Work and Cooking Here is a favourite pizza recipe from fellow board member Thomas. We get together to work on our board and committee responsibilities. We like to combine our meetings with another passion of ours – cooking (and eating) great food – mostly vegan, often gluten free or...


Welcome to NDSAW 2015!

Welcome to NDSAW 2015!

Posted in Events / Inclusion / News / Our Stories

Welcome to National Down Syndrome Awareness Week 2015!  This is a week set aside right across our great nation to recognize the people in our communities with Down syndrome - their contributions and triumphs, even their challenges and struggles.  Here at the SDSS, we see NDSAW as an opportunity...


The SDSS is now taking applications for event sponsorship!

The SDSS is now taking applications for event sponsorship!

Posted in Events / Inclusion / News / Volunteers

The SDSS is now taking applications for Event sponsorship! The SDSS works hard to offer social events throughout the province but are not able to always go outside the two major cities where most of our board resides. We are a small board of volunteers and as such, are finding it difficult...


A Message from the Chair...

A Message from the Chair...

Posted in Bullying / Inclusion

A message from the Chair of the SDSS… As a mother, a friend, an advocate, a member of our community, and most importantly - a human being - I was compelled to write something in response to an article that was printed in the Regina Leader-Post this morning.  In this story, a young man with...


Get Ready!! Get Set!!! GO!!!

Get Ready!! Get Set!!! GO!!!

Posted in Events / Inclusion / News

It's time to start getting pledges for this years 5th Annual SDSS Fun Run and Family BBQ!! You can register for the Fun Run as an individual or a team! Prizes will be awarded to the top team as well as top individual pledge earner. This years run will be held on May 30, 2015 at the White...


CDSS's 2015 Canadian Down Syndrome Heroes - Megan Allard

CDSS's 2015 Canadian Down Syndrome Heroes - Megan Allard

Posted in Inclusion / News

SDSS would like to congratulate Megan Allard for being selected as one of the CDSS 2015 Hero's! The Canadian Down Syndrome Heroes are people with Down syndrome who show all people how to “See the Ability”. Megan is a 17-year-old avid volunteer. She has lead many successful fundraising...


WDSD Celebration Colonsay

WDSD Celebration Colonsay

Posted in Events / Inclusion / News

On Tueseday March 24 Colonsay School hosted their annual cake auction and WDSD assembly. Here students, teachers and the public joined to celebrate down syndrome. Principal Andrew Merryweather opened the assembly with these few words, "Inlusion is a critical part of our school. Inclusion is...


Canadian Down Syndrome Hero Megan Allard

Canadian Down Syndrome Hero Megan Allard

Posted in Events / Inclusion / Members Only / News

For the last four years, the Canadian Down Syndrome Society has selected Heroes for World Down Syndrome Day. These Heroes were nominated by CDSS members and supporters. They chose five great people who inspire their communities to "See the Ability". They represent a new generation of leaders in...


World Down Syndrome Day

World Down Syndrome Day

Posted in Events / Inclusion / News

  March 21, 2015 is World Down Syndrome Day -- Get involved and raise awareness! In your workplace, school or community! Lots of socks, bake sale, jean day or any other great idea! Get people talking, get involved and have some fun! Let us know what you did, send us your story...


Talking about Down syndrome

Talking about Down syndrome

Posted in Events / Inclusion / News / Volunteers

This morning Emmett and Quinten Hobman went to a school in Saskatoon and spoke to the Grade 3 class about Down syndrome. They were also very excited to meet a little boy in Grade 3 who happened to have Down syndrome. They discussed what Down syndrome is, inclusion, how to celebrate the...


National Inclusive Education Month

National Inclusive Education Month

Posted in Events / Inclusion / News

Did you know that February is Nation Inclusive Education Month? Do you have a good understanding of what inclusive education looks like? Check out the list of questions below - is this how school looks for you, for someone you care about, or someone in your class? For more information on...


Barbara Laird

Barbara Laird

Posted in Inclusion

Meet Barbara Laird BARBARA LAIRD BEd. is a “retired” teacher, who has a 35 year old son Matthew, and a  28 year old daughter, Melanie. Melanie has Down Syndrome. Personal experience with Melanie has compelled Barbara to become an advocate for all persons with disabilities at a local,...


SDSS on INCLUSION

SDSS on INCLUSION

Posted in Inclusion

SDSS works towards full and total inclusion.  We educate, advocate and practically support parents, students and professionals.   It is the position of SDSS that Saskatchewan has the resources, teachers, aids and service providers necessary to meet the needs of all individuals, students...


Saskatchewan Disabilities Strategy

Saskatchewan Disabilities Strategy

Posted in Careers / Inclusion / News

The Saskatchewan Disability Strategy - A must read In the fall of 2013, Government established a 15-member Citizen Consultation Team (CCT) to design and lead a province-wide consultation process and to use this input to develop a provincial Disability Strategy. The first step was to have...


CBC Radio interview with SDSS Self-advocate Tom Wright

CBC Radio interview with SDSS Self-advocate Tom Wright

Posted in Events / Inclusion / News

Listen to CBC radio Friday morning, November 14 at approximatly 7 a.m.  The Morning Edition with Sheila Coles will be doing a feature on the Regina and District Association for Community Living's Celebration of Inclusion Evening. This event is being held on Friday, November 14th at 7:00 pm at...


Day 6 - NDSAW

Day 6 - NDSAW

Posted in Events / Inclusion / News

THE R-WORD “What’s wrong with retard? I don’t mean it about you or your child”? The R- Word is EXCLUSIVE. It means you are talking about something outside the “in” group, about someone who is not your kind. It means left out. You are saying someone with an intellectual disability is DUMB...


Day 5 - NDSAW

Day 5 - NDSAW

Posted in Events / Inclusion / News

Meet our Self-Advocates!!  Rayann Oberkirsch What does the statement “Nothing about us without us” mean to you? I agree with that. It’s about being a good self-advocate. It’s means listening and respecting all people., including people with Down Syndrome. Where do you see yourself in...


Day 4 - NDSAW

Day 4 - NDSAW

Posted in Events / Inclusion / News

The community of people and families with Down syndrome has its own lingo to help spread understanding. Take a moment to learn how you can be politically correct in the community!The condition is Down syndrome - no apostrophe, no capital s.See the person first, not the disability. We all...