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YQG WDSD 2021!!

  World Down Syndrome Day - A day to celebrate the contributions made by those with Down syndrome that are in our lives, and communities. WDSD is on March 21st or - 3.21 - to signify the 3rd copy of the 21st chromosome that people with Down syndrome have. Many of you celebrated in your homes this year by wearing your CHF socks (or any mismatched socks), took pics and shared on your social media. Some of you made donations to charities that are near and dear to your heart. I know CHF received many donations on 3.21 and we are so very grateful. We are always so humbled by community support. I shared as many photos via our IG...

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Inclusion - Contribution - Belonging

Think about a time where you felt you truly belonged. Think about your role in that space. Did you feel safe? Accepted? Respected? Were you able to contribute? Were you celebrated for exactly who you are in that moment and not the potential of what you might one day be. But just for you, Just as you are?  Inclusion has been a buzz word for at least a decade. But sometimes we don’t know how to do it properly. It’s not enough to allow someone who is different into a space and call it good. It’s also not about allowing someone into a space and trying to make them “be more like the group.” It’s about seeing everyone as equal...

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WDSD 2021

Please feel free to print this poster about WDSD right from the page here. Use it to hang around your homes, schools, offices, gyms...EVERYWHERE! March 21st  3.21 It has been quite a year of social distancing, isolating, and virtual everything. Last year, for WDSD it was challenging to get out there in the community to celebrate. Schools, workplaces, gyms, stores, EVERYTHING was closed. We did the best we could via brand new virtual platforms to honour and educate those we know and love with Down syndrome. Nothing can stop us with social media at our fingertips!! 2021 is still a year of social distancing, and mask wearing HOWEVER, we are able to be in the community to some extent safely....

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WDSD 2020 in the Community

Seeing as we were all told to social distance for WDSD, we all had to celebrate from our homes. Thank goodness for social media and the ability to connect that way.  Thank you so much to those of you who rocked your socks and posted a pic tagging us and using the hashtag #chfwdsd I will share just a few pics here to show that community support means the world to us! We can't change the narrative and the negative stigma around Down syndrome or disability alone. WE NEED YOU! We need you to educate, share, support, and acknowledge the abilities of ALL people in our world. Thank you even bigger to those of you who shared facts, listened to...

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WDSD WOD 2020

They say, "The show must go on" - well - THE SHOW WENT ON! We had originally intended to have an event at All Level CrossFit and celebrate WDSD with our fitness community, but the universe had other plans. All Level is the gym where our Adaptive Athletes participate in a fully inclusionary setting twice a week. Please email me for more information or if you want to some and check out one of the Adaptive Athlete Sessions!  John, the owner of the gym, wanted to do something special to honour WDSD and all of our athletes with Down syndrome on WDSD. He created a custom workout where all the numbers are significant to Down syndrome.   Here is the...

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