On behalf of the Board of Directors of the Saskatchewan Down Syndrome Society, I'd like to welcome you to National Down Syndrome Awareness Week 2014!
What does National Down Syndrome Awareness Week mean to you?
To our family, it means a week where we can celebrate and embrace that which makes each of us unique and valuable members of our community. This week creates an opportunity to open up dialogue in our schools and workplaces about the importance of inclusion and acceptance. This week means we have seven whole days to acknowledge businesses and community members who are playing a leading role in creating the fully inclusive province that we strive to achieve. This week allows us to celebrate the principle "Nothing About Us, Without Us" and ensure that the decisions and values the SDSS works hard for are a direct representation of the individuals we support. Most importantly, this week gives us a chance to reflect on the blessings we have in our lives (and that certainly includes an extra chromosome!)
We were honoured this year when Minister of Health, Dustin Duncan designated November 1 to 7, 2014 as National Down Syndrome Awareness Week in Saskatchewan! We have so much to be proud of in our province and the SDSS is excited to celebrate this week with you! Please watch our website (www.skdownsyndrome.ca), Facebook page and Twitter each day from November 1-7 for features on the amazing people and businesses that are helping to create and support the inclusive province we all dream of.
We are encouraging the citizens of Saskatchewan to use this week as an opportunity to learn more about Down syndrome and to take note of the contributions Canadians with Down syndrome are making in our schools, workplaces and communities each and every day.
We hope that everyone will take some time from their week and celebrate that which makes us each valued members of our communities!
We’d love to see and hear what your plans are for celebrating NDSAW – how you are spreading a message of inclusion and acceptance or helping to end the use of the r-word! Please share your stories and pictures on our Facebook page or email to and we will post to our website!
I look forward to celebrating this week with everyone!
From my family to yours, have a wonderful NDSAW!!