Babies and Toddler Drop-in

Ages: 0-5 Years
Duration: 0ngoing
Dates: Mondays, with the exception of stat holidays
Times: 9:30 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Maximum Participants: unlimited
Cost: Free to attend

Start the week out on a high note!

Siblings welcome in this open session in our Centre. Have some fun in a warm, dry playroom; meet other moms, grandma’s, aunties and caregivers; and feel free to bring your bag lunch to enjoy afterwards.

Our resource library is also open to visit and withdraw books, audio and visual materials, and play tools.


SibShops (City of Edmonton)

Workshops for siblings of children with special needs!
Presented by the City of Edmonton.

 Join us! These workshops will provide opportunities for brothers and sisters of children with special health, mental health and developmental needs to obtain peer support and education within a recreational context.

Sibshops are lively, pedal-to-the-metal celebrations of the many contributions made by brothers and sisters of kids with special needs. Sibshops acknowledge that being the brother or sister of a person with special needs is for some a good thing, others a not-so-good thing and for many somewhere in between. They reflect a belief that brothers and sisters have much to offer one another, if they are given the chance.

The Sibshop model intersperses Information and discussion activities with new games (designed to be unique, off beat, and appealing to a wide ability range), cooking activities, art and recreational activities and special guests.

Sibshops seek to provide siblings with opportunities for peer support. Because Sibshops are designed (primarily) for school aged children, peer support is provided within a lively, recreational context that emphasizes a kids’-eye-view.

Sibshops are not therapy, group or otherwise, although their effect may be therapeutic for some children. Sibshops acknowledge that most brothers and sisters of people with special needs, like their parents, are doing well, despite the challenges of an illness or disability.

For more info, contact Debi Currie at 780-496-1499 or

PLEASE NOTE: We have made a change to the workshop format. We will accept registrations for children between the ages of 7 – 13 years of age only. At the beginning of the session, the kids will be split into age appropriate groups to participate in age appropriate activities.                                                                                                      

7– 13 year olds                                                                        

Saturday, Feb 28   11:30am – 3:30pm            Clareview Community Recreation Centre

#536838                $34.70                                                 3804 – 139 Ave

Multi Purpose Room 4 (Main Hall)

Lunch is provided.

Please bring a bathing suit and towel for swimming from 2-3pm.

If your child is under 8 yrs of age, a parent or person 15 yrs old or older must accompany them into the water for the swim portion from 2:30-3:30pm.

To Register call 311 (780-442-5311 outside Edmonton)



Public Speaking for Adults

Are you interested in public speaking, and improving presentation skills?

Ages: 18+
Sundays, 1 – 2:30p.m.
March 01 – 29, 2015 (5 weeks)
Cost: $150 per person
Facilitator: Alison Foxford, SLP

REGISTER NOW – registration deadline – Feb 22, 2015

Please bring: a drink, paper and pencils

Goal: To provide opportunities for public speaking practice and to encourage giving and receiving constructive feedback about speaking and presenting skills.

The group will learn some basic public speaking skills and will select several topics they each wish to present on to the group. Each week presentations will be done and time will be given to receive feedback from the group. This is an opportunity for structured practice and participants will be expected to complete homework weekly independently in preparation for the next week.

Childcare for children with Down syndrome

There comes a time in every parents life, when you hand over your child, your precious bundle of joy, to someone else to care for. Be it for an hour or a day, it can be nerve-wracking that very first time. It can continue to be nerve-wracking if you haven’t developed the trust in your childcare provider.

When your child has Down syndrome, and its compounded by other medical diagnosis, finding a reliable and trustworthy childcare program can seem daunting.

The Alberta Government provides us with several types of programs for childcare. Below are the two most relevant to the needs of the Down syndrome community.

The Supported Child Care Program provides supports for children with disabilities to attend and participate in the regular activities of a day care program, out of school care program or an approved family day home when parents require childcare to attend work or training. Supported child care may include providing funding for additional child care staff and program consultation.
The Child Care Respite Program is intended to provide temporary child care to help families who are in the midst of addressing significant challenges. Parents and guardians receive child care support when they really need help and have the opportunity to become more aware of child care options and connect with other
community resources. Quality child care can give children positive opportunities to develop new relationships and participate in new activities.
For more information about how Child Care Services can assist your family, call 780-427-0444.
For more information on Edmonton Region Child and Family Services, call 780-427-2250 or visit our website at

Edmonton Region Child & Family Services
6th Floor Oxbridge Place
9820-106 Street
Edmonton AB T5K 2J6
Phone: 780-427-2250 or 780-422-3355

“Uniquely Me” video

At Uniquely Me 2014 Fashion Show and Fundraiser, we had the world premiere of “Uniquely Me” the song and video.  This piece was the brainchild of RJ and Rowena Cui of Planit Sound, who also produced the fundraising event.

This song reminds us all that being unique is a GOOD thing, and we need to celebrate that every single day.  So, come now, sing along with us and listen again!

2015 CDSS Calendars on sale now

2015 calendarSupport the Canadian Down Syndrome Society with our annual calendar.

Full of the smiling faces of some of our members, this calendar is ideal for home, work, and as a thoughtful holiday gift. The calendar includes 14 months (November/December 2014 and 2015).

 The calendar measures 11×8.5 when closed, making it easy to mail and distribute. All proceeds from the sale of the calendar go to providing information, advocacy and education about Down syndrome to all Canadians.

Price: $15.00 per calendar

Spencer West to speak at the Canadian Down Syndrome Conference

The Canadian Down Syndrome Society is proud to announce Spencer West, activist, author, and renowned inspirational speaker will be joining us as Keynote speaker at the 2015 Canadian Down Syndrome Conference in Edmonton. The Canadian Down Syndrome Conference celebrates people with Down syndrome, their families, and professionals in the Down syndrome community.

Inspirational and charismatic, Spencer West is candid about the struggles he overcame after losing his legs at the age of five. Whether headlining corporate conferences, filling stadiums, or leading volunteer excursions for youth and adults in Kenya, Ghana and India, Spencer’s words have encouraged millions to stand up to difficult times, face challenges, embrace change, and learn the tangible skills each one of us can use to redefine what is possible both for organizations and individuals.

His many accomplishments, played out on the global stage, led him to teach others to redefine what is possible in their own lives.

Spencer’s inspirational life story will help us kick off our great conference weekend. More exciting announcements regarding speakers, registration, and panels will be made at soon!

We look forwarding to welcoming all of you to the Canadian Down Syndrome Conference, May 15 to 17, 2015 in Edmonton!

Tanya Ponich – Life Rewards Action

Tanya - Website LaunchLast week, self-advocate and EDSS member Tanya Ponich spoke to a room full of people at the launch of her website “Life Rewards Action”. Through this website and her public speaking Tanya greatest desire is to inspire people from all walks of life that if they stop and really listen, we all have so much to learn from people born with developmental disabilities.

When asked about her launch, taking it all in stride, Tanya said “I am blessed to have people so many support me in my dreams and because I have support I can continue to on my life path of giving people hope”.

You can check out her website at

Ortona Gymnastics – Special Needs Program

The Ortona Gymnastics Club has expanded their Special Needs program to include children with Down syndrome and other special needs.

Originally developed in cooperation with the Centre for Autism Services Alberta, the goal of this program is to provide children with special needs with the skills necessary to participate to their fullest potential in a gymnastics class.

Registration is now open for the Winter session:

Ortana Gymnastics (under Gymnastics for all, click “Special Needs”)

Dedicated to improving the lives of individuals born with Down syndrome