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2020 Sock Design Process

2020 Sock Design!  Once again this year, for those that might be new here, Elizabeth an extremely talented designer who has so generously donated her time and energy to bringing us the most perfect sock design to wear on World Down Syndrome Day. Her design page is Mottoform​ - click to see how pretty!  WDSD - Why MARCH 21st?  This day occurs on the 21st day of the 3rd month because we celebrate the 3rd copy of the 21st chromosome which is what leads to Down syndrome. WDSD exists to celebrate individuals with Down syndrome by choosing activities that show support and awareness to those individuals. Rocking Socks has become and easy, attainable and VERY visual way to demonstrate this...

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February “Off To College” Playgroup

A quiet, cozy, wintery night for our February Playgroup!  It was one of our smaller groups last night but still full of life and laughter. I literally LIVE for this night. We all get to relax, catch up, talk Down syndrome, and PLAY! It's music to my ears when the kids give their parents a hard time about leaving. YAY!!! We must be doing something right!  Love this twining look guys!!!  Hazel was giggling so much playing with Matthew. SWOON! These two were making me melt into a puddle... I love getting this opportunity to visit and see what families are up to. I don't take for granted that everyone is VERY busy, yet still chooses to spend time with...

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Supporting Families

Part of why we started CHF was to be able to support families who may sometimes feel isolated, or who may experience financial hardship due to medical issues that can not be handled locally in Windsor. Some families find themselves on endless drives on the highway going back and forth from Windsor to London, and sometimes Windsor to Toronto. These times can feel desperate, lonely, and scary. These times force people into living a life with no consistency, no routine. It can even force them to take time off work and keep them away from their other family members.   We know, we've been there. When I was pregnant with Hazel, we left the house at 4am with some complications. We...

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Hazel is 8!

This child. This child that sparked a light in me, turned 8 this week. When she was born we knew that our life would be full of greatness. Don't get me wrong, it is NOT without its challenges, but greatness indeed follows. It was also not without fear. But from the deepest of fear and despair, courage and joy can emerge. Now I fear that WITHOUT this child, we would have never learned this hard, but beautiful truth about life. This child who taught how to love much deeper than we could have previously understood. This child who has shown us that we aren't all made the same, but we are created equal. This child who has introduced us to...

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CHF Speech & Communication Group 2020

As 2020 is beginning we are working diligently on getting the CHF Speech, Friendship, and Communication Group back up and running. We were able to service around 50 children last year, and are hoping that number grows this year. We are VERY proud of this resource, and all the benefits it has been offering our local families. ***It is available to individuals with Down syndrome ages 2 and up. Please do not hesitate to email if you are interested in more information or signing up for the group. Goals of the program: Participants are in groups of 3-4, geared to developing communication and conversation skills amongst peers. Traditional speech and language therapy is imbedded within a natural communicative situation. Many...

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