The London Down Syndrome Association Inc., raises funds to provide responsive, compassionate support services to children, youth, adults and families living with Down syndrome – including financial assistance, support programs and services, community collaborations, educational opportunities, resources, social opportunities, public awareness and advocacy.
Supporting & enriching lives of children, youth, adults and families living with Down syndrome.
Respectful, Compassion, Family Centred, Responsive, Integrity, Trustworthy, Collaborative
Established in 1983 the London Down Syndrome Association evolved from a group of parents who were part of a Parent Support Group through the Child and Parent Research Institute (CPRI) in London, Ontario.
The London Down Syndrome Association known as LDSA, became a registered Canadian charity in 1987 and is located in London Ontario. Providing support within the counties of Elgin, Huron, Middlesex, Oxford and Perth Counties.
This dedicated group of parents desired to create an organization that would provide emotional and social opportunities for families while raising funds to provide much needed programs and support services; from this group, began the LDSA.
Presently the LDSA has no paid staff and is led by a volunteer Board of Directors comprised of parents and community members. This group are dedicated to the work of the LDSA and more importantly the children, youth, adults and families it serves.
As part of the organization’s Vision and Mission, the LDSA advocates and raises awareness and recognizes the contributions made by people with Down syndrome. Today, the LDSA continues its long history of advocating for dignity, equal rights and a better life for all persons with Down syndrome.
The LDSA does not receive funds from any level of government or the United Way and is not part of a national organization. The LDSA relies solely on donations received from individuals, corporations and community groups, annual LDSA events and events organized in the community in support of the LDSA.