Saskatchewan Down Syndrome Society (SDSS)
The Saskatchewan Down Syndrome Society, established in 2002, is a tight-knit community of family and friends dedicated to supporting children with Down syndrome and their parents. Initially founded by a group of parents seeking to provide assistance to others facing similar challenges and opportunities, the society has grown rapidly, with extended families and friends joining in. Their primary goal is to enhance the quality of life for families and children by promoting full participation within their communities. While rooted in parent-focused initiatives, the organization continues to evolve, anticipating the growth and leadership contributions of their children in the future. The society’s team, led by individuals such as Tianna Young, Avril Tyman, and self-advocates like Brad McVicar and Rayann Oberkirsch, works tirelessly to provide support and advocate for their community. Additionally, the society emphasizes the importance of using politically correct language, highlighting the value of recognizing the person first, not the disability, and promoting respectful terminology within the Down syndrome community.