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ABOUT DOWN SYNDROME

  • Presently in Canada there are 45,000 people living with Down syndrome.

  • There is no cure for Down syndrome.

  • It is important to know that nothing the mother does during pregnancy could cause this to happen.

  • Down syndrome is a chromosomal disorder that occurs in approximately 1 in 900 births in Canada.

  • Although it is not known for sure, it is possible that an error in cell division causes this extra chromosome.

  • This extra chromosome material is present at conception, either from the father’s sperm or the mother’s egg, each of which contributes 23 chromosomes.

  • A person with Down syndrome has 47 chromosomes in each cell instead of 46.

  • There is still much more to learn!

The Canadian Down Syndrome Society (CDSS) has extensive information on Down Syndrome, as well as a thorough new parent package. Additional resources are listed below.

Please note, these links are being provided as a convenience and for informational purposes only; they do not constitute an endorsement or an approval by the London Down Syndrome Association of any of the products, services or opinions of the corporation or organization or individual. The LDSA bears no responsibility for the accuracy, legality or content of the external site or for that of subsequent links. Contact the external site for answers to questions regarding its content.

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LDSA SERVICES

NEW PARENT PACKAGE

  • Our New Parent Package consists of general information on Down syndrome, supports available through the LDSA, and local agencies & associations. It is offered at no cost to the families that require the information. Copies are distributed through a variety of local institutions, and can be made available by contacting us directly.

THERAPY BURSARIES

  • The LDSA provides annual Therapy Bursaries for individuals living with Down syndrome in London and surrounding areas. We offer up to $500 for 10 candidates to cover several different types of therapy with no age restrictions. Applications are accepted in June of each year.

LDSA RESOURCE LIBRARY

  • We are happy to provide a wide selection of published resources that are readily available through the London Public Library. If you have any recommendations of publications that you would like to see available, please let us know.

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LDSA PROGRAMS

LDSA subsidizes a number of fantastic programs for individuals with Down syndrome that are offered here in London & the surrounding areas.

LEARN ABOUT LDSA SUBSIDIZED PROGRAMS

LOCAL SPORTS AND ACTIVITIES

Many of our members enjoy several types of sports at differing levels, with great success. The LDSA has created, and also has members involved in many different sports associations. We have highlighted a few associations below, but this is by no means all that is available. If you know of a particular association that specializes in or accommodates people with special needs, please feel free to contact us and we would be happy to promote them here as well. People with Down syndrome may be, but are not always, limited in certain physical activities. It is advisable that you consult a medical professional before pursuing sports activities.

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George Bray Sports Association

Since 1968, the caring men and women of the George Bray Sports Association have made it possible for our kids to play the great game of hockey here in London. Our players (and their families) travel from near and far to play in this fantastic league.

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Kensal Park: A League of Our Own

A League of Our Own is a soccer program for individuals with Down Syndrome, age 7+, regardless of skill or previous experience. It was one of the first developmental soccer leagues in Canada–launched in May 2003 by Ken Lee, Mike Rozon, and Rose Price.

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SARI Therapeutic Riding

SARI provides therapeutic horse riding and driving for children and adults with disabilities. They also offer summer camps, grooming programs, and a monthly integrated farm discovery day camp.

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Special Olympics Canada

Special Olympics Ontario/London is dedicated to enriching the lives of people with an intellectual disability, through sport. Members can participate in events at the local, provincial, and even national levels!

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Swim Ability (Making Waves)

The SwimAbility program aims to provide barrier-free, one-on-one, water-safety and swimming instruction to children with disabilities. Volunteer instructors are recruited from Western University students who hold a valid NLS certification.