There’s a Whole Community Here For You

Your support network goes far beyond the Lower Mainland Down Syndrome Society.
There are hundreds of regional, national, and international organizations, foundations, and resource centers dedicated to providing information, support, and advice about Down Syndrome. Click away!

Canadian National Organizations

Down Syndrome Research Foundation and Resource Centre (DSRF)
Canadian Down Syndrome Society (CDSS)

Canadian Regional Organizations

Down Syndrome Association of Metropolitan Toronto
Down Syndrome Association of Ontario
Manitoba Down Syndrome Society
Calgary Down Syndrome Association
Newfoundland And Labrador Down Syndrome Society
Assoc. du Syndrome de Down de L’estrie (Quebec)
Site du Regroupement pour la trisomie 21

US National Organizations

National Down Syndrome Society
Association for Children with Down Syndrome
National Association for Down Syndrome
Down Syndrome Clinics in the US

Internet Magazine

Down Syndrome Quarterly (a multi-disciplinary journal)
Down Syndrome Amongst Us
Ohrenkuss, a German magazine by people with DS

Educational/Behavioral Sites

Education Watch: Monitoring Progress Toward Inclusive Education
Love and Learning: Reading and Language Development
Brookes Publishing Company
Beyond the Box Basics: Professional Development for Educators and Parents
The Down Syndrome Educational Trust
BC Ministry of Education: Special Education

Medical Resources

Hearing And Vision Loss Associated with Down syndrome
Down Syndrome: Health Issues
Growth Charts for Children with Down Syndrome
Down’s Heart Group


Down Syndrome for New Parents
Family friendly Fun Ideas: For families with disabilities
Down Syndrome Education International
Western Society for Children
Planned Lifetime Advocacy Network (PLAN)
Registered Disability Savings Plan
STEPS FORWARD – Inclusive Post Secondary Education Society
ACT – Autism Community Training
School District 43
District 43 Parents Advisory Committee (DPAC)
School District 40
Family Support Institute
Variety Club
Vancouver Foundation
Anxiety BC
Special Olympics BC
Community Living BC
Ministry of Child and Family Development (section for children & youth with special needs)
Easter Seals Kid’s Camps
Thompson Nicola Ups and Downs Society
Kids Up Front
findSupport BC
Cerebral Palsy Guide
Teaching Children With ADHD
Teaching Individuals With Down Syndrome
Queensford College – Certificate In Disability
Diamond Learning Centre
Cerebral Palsy Group
We Love Lucy Society Weighted Blankets, Kelowna, BC
ARK Therapeutic Services
Birth Injury Centre

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Dear LMDSS members and interested professionals.

This is an official announcement of the Annual General Meeting, which will be happening on June 25th, 2017 at Fleetwood Park, in Surrey, from 1:00 pm to 1:30 pm.

From April to June 23rd our office will be taking nomination requests from interested parties who would like to put their names forward for the following board of directors positions.

Vice President / Director

Once we receive your name, we will then send you a nomination package for you to complete, and return before May 24 th, 2017.

If you have any further questions, please contact Theresa at the LMDSS head office.


Community Support:

To attend any of the Parent Networking Groups you must register either by phone 604-591-2722, or email at
If you require childcare you must inform us at the time of registration.

LMDSS Parent
Networking Groups:

Topic: Art Without Limits
Date: Thursday, May 18th, 2017
Time: 6:30 p.m.
1409 Sperling Ave, Burnaby
R.S.V.P. by May 15th 

Topic: TBA


Topic: Gymnastic Program
May 14th, 2017
Time: 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon
Location: Kelowna Gymnastix (225-1891 Springfield Road)
Cost: Contact Alicia

Topic: TBA

Topic: TBA
Cost: LMDSS R.S.V.P. are required contact the LMDSS office.

Adults Connect (ages 19+)
Topic: Kayaking with Power To Be
Date: May 13th, 2017
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Location: Cates Park
(4141 Dollarton Highway, North Vancouver)
Cost: $10 per person (Bring Lunch)
Contact Mariam at to register by May 10th

Youth Group (10+)
Event :
Kayaking with Power To Be
Date: May 13th, 2017
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Location: Cates Park
(4141 Dollarton Highway, North Vancouver)

Cost: $10 per person (Bring Lunch)
Contact Mariam at to register by May 10th

Health & Education:

Music Therapy Classes:
Dates: Wednesday Evenings, April 5th,12th,19th,26th & May 3rd,10th,17th,24th, and 31st
Location: WC Blair, Studio #2, Boardroom – 22200 Fraser Highway, Langley, B.C.
Time: 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Cost: Members $40.00 – Non-Members $80.00 – Siblings $10.00
(Members and Non-Member prices include 1 parent or support person, and the special needs individual).
Erin Parr is an experienced Music Therapist focused on children with disabilities. Over 12 years of experience working with Autistic children, children with disabilities, and babies/toddlers she has applied music therapy to a wide range of situations with exciting results. Erin uses an activity-based method with a focus on and enthusiasm to facilities progress towards therapeutic goals.
Registration Deadline March 20th, 2017.

Reading & Math Program Spring Classes: (Sign Up Now)
 April 25th to June 29th 2017– Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays
Location: #201-13281-78th Ave, Surrey
Time: 1 hour sessions available – 4-5 pm, 5-6 pm, 6-7 pm
Cost: $
20.00 per session 

Reading and Math Program Spring classes starting  April 25th, 2017 watch for registration details.

Summer classes available July & August contact the LMDSS office for details and to register.

Sexuality Classes  for 12+
Dates: Next Sessions will be announced at a later date



Dance Fit Classes (NEW)
The Lower Mainland Down Syndrome Society will be starting up this program in the Spring. The dates are will be confirmed shortly, and will be posted.
If your child, teen, or adult is interested in making friends,having fun, and getting into shape, please email the LMDSS office to register at


T21 Awareness Walk
Date: September 9th, 2017
10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Hawthorne Park (10513-144th Street, Surrey)
Registration, Pledges, and Teams forms are available on the website at


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NEW Program
LMDSS Scholarship Program [PDF]