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SDSS is looking for you!

SDSS is looking for you!

The Saskatchewan Down Syndrome Society (SDSS) is currently seeking individuals to fill vacancies on our Board of Directors. We are looking for self-advocates with the diverse skills, background, expertise and experience necessary to support our mission: 'To enhance the quality of life...



THANK YOU!!!

THANK YOU!!!

Posted in News

We are sending a heartfelt THANKS out to the province of Saskatchewan for the support, fundraising and friendship that make our annual Go21 FunRun the success that it is!To all the families that braved the Saskatchewan "breeze" and came out for games, BBQ, and goodtimes in both Saskatoon & Regina...


Cherry Lane Greenhouse & Gifts Spring Raffle

Cherry Lane Greenhouse & Gifts Spring Raffle

Posted in News / Events / Summer Fun / Family Fun / Tickets

We're thrilled to be partnering with the wonderful folks at Cherry Lane Greenhouse & Gifts to bring you our 2017 Spring Raffle!!   You're going to want to get your hands on tickets for the chance to win a one-of-a-kind vintage bicycle filled with over $500 in flowering plants! Your yard...


World Down Syndrome Day is Fast Approaching!

World Down Syndrome Day is Fast Approaching!

World Down Syndrome Day is fast approaching! WDSD, observed annually on March 21st, is a global day to raise awareness of what Down syndrome is, what it means to have Down syndrome, and how people with Down syndrome play a vital role in our lives and communities. Together with the rest of the...


The R Word

The "R" Word

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...


2016 Superhero For A Day Raffle WINNERS!

2016 Superhero For A Day Raffle WINNERS!

Posted in News / Superhero For A Day 2016 / Tickets

It is with great excitement that we annouce the winners of our Superhero For A Day Raffle!! Thank You to all our sponsors for the donations of some amazing prizes this year, and a special Thanks to everyone who purchased tickets!   Stay connected with the SDSS for more opportunities to...


*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...


Straight from the heart!

Straight from the heart!

To this day this speech still makes goosebumps on my arms and warms my heart. The words of a brother -- wise beyond his years. Happy Canadian Down Syndrome Awareness Week!!   Hey guys, and gals, you probably all know me, but for those who don’t, my name is Quinten, And I want to talk to you...


My life or Yours?

MY LIFE, OR YOURS?.......             Wake up, what’s for breakfast, go to school and learn something new. Come home, what’s for supper, feed the cats and play with the dog. Time for bed, brush your teeth, say a prayer, see you in the morning – love you too. Is this my life, or is...


Teaching Students With Down Syndrome

Teaching Students With Down Syndrome

Teaching Students with Down Syndrome: What is important to learn? by Barbara Laird, BEd. Each person with Down syndrome is unique and wonderful, and needs to be seen for their strengths, potential and individuality. “Down syndrome” does not define who a person is. It is simply a label needed...


NEW CDSS Public Service Announcements!

SDSS is very excited to share the new CDSS videos! The CDSS has completed 38 short videos titled Down Syndrome Answers. The best person to answer a question about Down syndrome is a person with Down syndrome. They are all located on their new website,...


We want to bring SDSS to you!!

We want to bring SDSS to you!!

We want to bring SDSS to your community! We want to reach everyone, in all communities in the province, but we need YOUR help! If you would like to host an event in your area (BBQ, social outing, fundraiser) but don't know where to start send us an email and you will be put in contact with...


Barbara Laird

Barbara Laird

BARBARA LAIRD BEd. is a “retired” teacher, who has a 39 year old son Matthew, and a 32 year old daughter, Melanie. Mel has Down Syndrome. Barbara has been supporting children, parents and professionals through personal and group consulting with parents and professionals. She is involved in...


So what's Inclusion?

So what's Inclusion?

In The Paraprofessional's Guide to the Inclusive Classroom inclusion is defined as: -All students with disabilities are accepted and welcomed unconditionally in their local community school -Students with disabilities are valued members of the school community, as are their neighbors and...


It's CANADIAN DOWN SYNDROME WEEK!

It's CANADIAN DOWN SYNDROME WEEK!

What is the Canadian Down Syndrome Week? Canadian Down Syndrome Week is our week to show the world that Canada is where ALL people are valued, fully participating citizens. It is our week to celebrate people with Down syndrome and teach others to “See the Ability.” Created by the Canadian...


Superhero For A Day Tickets!!!

Superhero For A Day Tickets!!!

Posted in Events / Family Fun / Superhero For A Day 2016 / Tickets

Tickets are on sale NOW! Follow the link below to purchase your tickets online with eventbrite! A few notes: Seating will not be assigned (rush seating, more details to follow closer to the date!) Everyone requires a ticket, even children under the age of 2.  There will be a "free"...


2016 Superhero For A Day!

2016 Superhero For A Day!

Grab your cape and mask - the 2nd Annual Superhero For A Day is coming your way!    November 5, 2016 - 11am Italian Club, Regina Tickets:   Children (2-12 years old) - $25  Adult - $35  Under 2 - FREE   TICKETS WILL BE SOLD ONLINE ONLY - Starting Wednesday, September 21 at 8am!...


Sensory Benefits of Heavy Work Activity

Sensory Benefits of Heavy Work Activity

Sensory Benefits of Heavy Work Activities Heavy work activities are any type of action that pushes or pulls against the body.  This could be tension created by something pushing/pulling against your body (like swimming where the water pushes against the body) or tension that the body...


Three Ways to Decrease School Anxiety

Three Ways to Decrease School Anxiety

  The sun is setting a little bit earlier.  The stores are filling their aisles with binders, pens and paper.  The furthest thing from your child’s mind is starting another school year.  And if it is brought up, it may elicit school anxiety. When I was a kid, it was always in late August that...


Stubborn Behaviour

"Stubborn" Behaviour

“Stubborn” Behaviour Beyond the Box Basics Consulting Barbara Laird, BEd. It makes me extremely angry when anyone suggests that an individual with Down syndrome is stubborn, non-compliant or “bad.”  They are not. They lack the skills and the tools to communicate effectively with us. The only...


Congratulations to the Assertivness Training Graduates!

Congratulations to the Assertivness Training Graduates!

Posted in Bullying / Events / News / Self Advocates

Graduates - Assertiveness Training Course Michael Qing, Thomas Wright, Ellen Gillies, Nicole Dumonceau, Lauren Wall (left to right) Missing: Kevin Jones, Rayann Oberkirsch Six SDSS self-advocates recently completed a five-week Assertiveness Training Course.  Sessions were very interactive...


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...


Just Another Wednesday........

Just Another Wednesday........

Posted in Board of Directors / Family Fun / Our Stories

Every day is a great day, but Grace’s Wednesdays are better than great. Since early September, rain or shine, she has attended her rhythmic gymnastics class with enthusiasm and excitement. In just over 3 short weeks, she will be performing at the year-end gala and is looking forward to being...


World Down Syndrome Day is approaching!

World Down Syndrome Day is approaching!

Posted in News / Our Stories / World Down Syndrome Day

As we gear up for World Down Syndrome Day on the 21st,  we will be blogging throughout this week about some of the amazing things going on to celebrate not only WDSD, but inclusion and diversity in our province right now.   To kick it off, I am posting a video from last year’s World Down...