Canadian Down Syndrome week officially begins today and celebrates a country where all people are valued citizens. To kick off this year’s annual event, the Canadian Down Syndrome Society or CDSS is helping to spread awareness and educate people about what it’s really like to live with Down syndrome by going straight to the source.
With only a handful of movies or TV shows, like Life Goes On, The Secret Life Of The American Teenager, Glee and Born This Way, showcasing characters with Down syndrome in popular media, many people have only limited knowledge of the genetic disorder. Over 45,000 Canadians have Down syndrome, yet there are still many misconceptions about their health and abilities.
To help educate the general public, the CDSS are engaging in an exciting awareness campaign for Canadian Down Syndrome week that features 10 Canadians with Down syndrome answering commonly Google’d questions.
For example, when do babies with Down syndrome learn to talk? Adam has the answer.
Krystal explains the genetics behind Down syndrome.
Travis answers the question ‘Can a person with Down syndrome get their drivers license?’
Jan, who is 42, discusses how long a person with Down syndrome can live.
Valerie explains how Down syndrome affects a persons’ body.
Leah talks about who gets Down syndrome.
Julia discusses whether Down syndrome is curable.
Finally, Cameron shows off his wheels to answer the question, ‘Can a person with Down syndrome ride a bike?’
Find out how you can get involved with the Canadian Down Syndrome Society for Canadian Down Syndrome Week and even year-round.