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The Canadian Down Syndrome Society (CDSS) is aiming, for the first time, to have people with Down syndrome put on the endangered species list. Their newest campaign is a video featuring people with Down syndrome dressed up as threatened species.

Due to genetic screening, fewer people are being born with Down syndrome and, according to the CDSS, the occurrence of Down syndrome is estimated to be present in approximately one in 800 births in Canada. This decline in births basically means fewer funding, not to mention the community has less access to housing, education and other necessities.

Through their application to be on the threatened species list, the CDSS is asking for the same types of “funding, protections, government intervention and public awareness that species on the Endangered List receive”.

Some people have described the campaign as “tone deaf”, but many others agree it highlights important issues for the Down syndrome community.

To learn more, visit the Endangered Syndrome website.