Did you know that LDSA has Board Representatives on the Down Syndrome Association of Ontario Board? We represent our geographic area to the rest of our province.
Below you will find some info and links that the DSAO board is distributing to family and friends of those with Down syndrome, asking for your support. Have a read and hopefully you will feel compelled to participate.
As we are all aware, a prenatal diagnosis of Down syndrome can send an expectant parent into a whirlwind of emotions, and every parent’s journey will be unique as they adjust to the news.
While every family’s story will be different, each will receive this diagnosis from a medical professional, and the information and attitudes shared by this medical professional can greatly impact the parents’ first impressions and subsequent decisions.
This encounter at diagnosis is too important to leave to chance. For the last several months, Simcoe County parent Sarah Valiquette-Thompson has been building support for legislation that has as a goal of ensuring that medical professionals are sharing up-to-date information with parents and allowing time to process the diagnosis, rather than giving advice motivated by negative stereotypes of Down syndrome. You can view the draft legislation, attached.
We need your help! Click here to participate in our letter-writing campaign to let MPPs know this is important to Ontario’s Down syndrome community! All you need to do is enter your name, email address, and postal code, and the letter will be sent to your MPP and to the Minister of Health, Christine Elliott. If you want, you can also edit the letter to add your own story.
So please click here to send that letter today, and help empower parents to direct their own journey.
President, Down Syndrome Association of Ontario